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I am an Assistant Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. I study the evolution and molecular basis of aging using Drosophila and social insects. This year I am teaching Cell Biology (Bio 401), Communicating Biology (Bio 380), General Genetics (Bio 305) and Biology of Aging (Bio 339).

Website updated: June 30, 2014. Flowers and trilobite photos taken at Point Au Roche State Park north of Plattsburgh.


The glow-worm paper is in press!

Finally,"Low levels of light pollution may block the ability of male glow-worms (Lampyris noctiluca L.) to locate females" has been published online at the Journal of Insect Conservation. This was Stephanie Bird's undergraduate project that I supervised at the University of Southampton. It took awhile to get out, but it is a nice experiment with a clear result showing that artificial light can interfere with glow-worm reproductive behavior.

Teaching Cell Biology (Bio 401) and Communicating Biology (Bio 380) this fall.

Once again it's 401 and 380 for me. Cell biology will be using a new text and have a new lab that I am working up this summer. My version of 380 will once again be more future looking towards job hunting, practical work communication skills with a big healthy dose of online web presence management and writing.

Continuing work with friends at UVM.

The work on climate change and heatshock responses in ants will continue with an undergraduate researcher (Brian Whyte) in collaboration with Sara Cahan Helms. Time for PCR and to following up on Brian's results from this past year.