Biology Faculty

Mary Allen, Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University
allenm1@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: general microbiology, allied-health microbiology, microbial ecology, microbiology education
Mary Allen is a microbiologist with interests in microbial community composition and factors that influence biofilm formation and persistence. She is currently conducting research projects on the microbial community colonizing cones of the hops plant, Humulus lupulus, which are used in brewing beer, and on the effects of spices on biofilms.  Mary also directs students in collaboration with Hartwick’s Center for Craft Food and Beverage on projects to improve testing services provided for regional and national craft food and beverage producers.

Eric Cooper, Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Harvard University
coopere@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: molecular and cell biology, immunology

Allen Crooker, Professor of Biology and Coordinator of Medical Technology
Ph.D., Washington State University
crookera@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: anatomy & physiology, neurobiology, entomology, electron microscopy

Peter Fauth, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Biology
Ph.D., Purdue University
fauthp@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, ornithology
Peter Fauth is a broadly trained, field biologist who studies the behavior and demography of threatened populations and communities. He is currently conducting forest, bird and odonate inventories at nearby Robert V. Riddell and Gilbert Lake State Parks.

Douglas Hamilton, Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Cornell University
hamiltond@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: plant molecular biology, plant growth and development, control of gene expression in developing pollen, microbial communities, fungal identification
Doug Hamilton is a molecular plant biologist using current molecular techniques in various projects involving plants, bacteria, and fungi.

Mark Kuhlmann, Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University
kuhlmannm@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: marine and freshwater biology, behavioral ecology, community ecology
Mark Kuhlmann is a marine and aquatic field biologist with interests in the behavioral, population, and community ecology of invertebrates and fishes. He is currently conducting research projects on the behavioral and population ecology of crayfish in local streams and research on octopus in the Bahamas.

A.J. Russo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
russona2@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: anatomy and physiology, experimental pathology, and immunology

Stanley Sessions, Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
sessionss@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: developmental biology, regenerative biology, evolutionary cytogenetics, amphibian biology, tropical salamanders, deformed amphibians
My research interests include developmental and cytogenetic studies in amphibians, especially salamanders, including evolutionary cytogenetics and genomics, genome size, limb and organ regeneration, and amphibian deformities.  Recent work has involved international collaborations with colleagues in Japan, Slovenia, England, Russia, and Canada. Current research includes cytogenetics and limb developmental evolution in Asian hynobiid salamanders, genetics, cytogenetics, and developmental evolution of cave adaptations in the European blind cave salamander (Proteus anguinus), and genome size evolution and its phenotypic correlates in salamanders, especially Neotropical plethodontids.

Linda Swift, Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Kansas
swiftl@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: medical physiology, medicinal plants, Asian village malnutrition
Linda Swift is a physiologist with interests in medical physiology, medicinal plants and prevention of malnutrition in remote villages in Asia. She is currently conducting research to obtain data from tribal children 0-5 years of age. Her research topics include: growth stunting, incidence of anemia, protein deficiency, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, incidence of parasites, infections from water quality, and lack of motor skill development. All of her research involves student collaboration.

Munir S. Syed, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
M.B., B.S., University of Peshawar; M. Phil., University of the Punjab, Pakistan
syedm@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: clinical pathophysiology, medical microbiology, human biology
Munir Syed is a Doctor of Medicine with M.Phil. in Medical Microbiology. He taught Clinical Pathology at his alma mater, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar before immigrating to United States. Besides other biology courses, he primarily teaches Microbiology of Disease and Pathophysiology to nursing majors at Hartwick College. Munir Syed also teaches online Pathophysiology during J Term and summer sessions.

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