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Research Focus

Research in the Department of Biological Sciences is unique and ever evolving. Our department’s collaborative environment—along with Michigan Tech’s emphasis on research—fosters a wide variety of inter-university research projects. Faculty research strengths in health, environmental science, ecology and evolution, and biochemistry and molecular biology provide a strong foundation for many fields in biological sciences.

Our research centers, diverse research groups, and state-of-the-art facilities in the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building and Great Lakes Research Center create an exciting research environment with exceptional opportunities for students and faculty members alike.

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Faculty Focus

Charles Kerfoot

Charles Kerfoot

PhD, University of Michigan

Contact

906-487-2769
wkerfoot@mtu.edu

Professor, Biological Sciences

Dr. Kerfoot's laboratory specializes on the food web structure, ecology and paleoecology of lake communities. Recent projects in the laboratory include: 1) studies of the exotic spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes longimanus), a 3-year project ($300K) funded by the National Park Service; 2) developing a large ($7M) stamp sand restoration project

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Erika I. Hersch-Green

Erika I. Hersch-Green

MS, University of California, Davis - Population Biology

Contact

906-487-3351
eherschg@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Erika is a plant evolutionary ecologist. Her work integrates the theory and techniques from population and community ecology, evolution, and functional, molecular and population genetics to disentangle the mechanisms that drive changes in terrestrial plant populations and their extended communities.Current projects in the lab are diverse but generally fall

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Casey J Huckins

Casey J Huckins

PhD, Michigan State University, 1996

Contact

906-487-2475
cjhuckin@mtu.edu

Professor, Biological Sciences

Research conducted by my lab group is focused on ecology and restoration in aquatic systems including lakes, streams, coastal wetlands and the riparian ecosystems that connect them.  The research that my graduate students, our collaborators and I conduct tends to focus on ecological patterns and processes in systems influenced