Faculty

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Soren Brauner

322 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5275
sbrauner@ashland.edu
Dr. Soren Brauner, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He received a Bachelor of Arts in environmental biology, a Master of Arts in botany from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California at Davis. His area of expertise is in plant genetics and evolution.

http://personal.ashland.edu/sbrauner/
Dr. Nigel Brush

421 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5271
nbrush@ashland.edu
Dr. Nigel Brush, associate professor of geology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000. His areas of research include geoarchaeology, dendrochronology and millennial-scale climate change events. He is a co-director of the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological & Geological Consortium and former curator and co-founder of the Killbuck Valley Natural History Museum. Dr. Brush has a B.S. in English Bible... Read More

Dr. Doug Dawson

318 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5277
ddawson2@ashland.edu
Douglas A. Dawson, a professor of biology and toxicology, has been at Ashland University since 1993. He holds a B.A. in biology from Transylvania University, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University. He currently teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, advanced human physiology, pharmacology and toxicology, and also conducts research in toxicology.

Dr. Andrew Greene

319 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5259
agreene3@ashland.edu
Dr. Andrew V. Greene, associate professor of biology, joined Ashland University in 2006. His areas of expertise include chronobiology, molecular biology and fungal biology. He received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Texas A&M University and his B.S. in microbiology from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Michael Hudson

423 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5270
mhudson@ashland.edu
Dr. Michael R. Hudson, associate professor of geology, began teaching at Ashland University in 1982. He has a Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio), a Masters from Indiana University and Bachelors from St. Lawrence University (New York), all with majors in geology. He is the advisor to the Geology Club, the recipient of three Mentor Awards and director of the annual Mohican District Science Fair. He is currently active... Read More

Dr. Mason Posner
Chair
320, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5691
mposner@ashland.edu
Students in his lab use molecular biology techniques to understand how eye lens proteins adapt to changes in environmental temperature. They are currently investigating the evolution and biological role of lens proteins called crystallins. These proteins are responsible for making the lens transparent and refracting light so that focused images fall on the retina. Amazingly, one family of crystallins, the alpha... Read More

http://www.masonposner.com/
Dr. Patricia Saunders

324 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5252
psaunder@ashland.edu
Dr. Patricia A. Saunders, associate professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002 and is the director of the University's Environmental Science Program. For several years, she has been advisor to Beta Beta Beta, the biology honorary. Her area of expertise is aquatic ecology. Since joining Ashland University she has directed many students doing independent research projects related to the... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/psaunder/
Dr. Dick Stoffer

323 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5274
rstoffer@ashland.edu
Dr. Richard L. Stoffer, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1980. He is a member of the Environmental Science program and the Ashland University Preserve Manager.  He teaches courses including general zoology, ecology, ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains, field zoology, ethology and forensic science. His research interests included Ohio prairies and prairie reconstruction, systematics of... Read More

Merrill Tawse

228 , Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.6310
mtawse@ashland.edu
Recently joining Ashland University from the MedCentral College of Nursing science department, Merrill Tawse is currently teaching human anatomy and physiology to nursing students. Previous experiences include over 30 years in outdoor education and research at the Gorman Nature Center. His areas of expertise includes the distribution and foraging behaviors of the insectivorous bats found within the four-state region... Read More

Dr. Andrew Trimble

326, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5267
atrimble@ashland.edu
Dr. Andrew Trimble is an assistant professor of biology and toxicology. He joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. His research interests include the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment, as well as the effects of physical and chemical stress to the toxicity of organic sediment-based contaminants. Dr. Trimble has previously been the recipient of a U.S.... Read More

Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer

420 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5281
jweiden@ashland.edu
Jeff Weidenhamer has been a member of the chemistry faculty since 1989. He teaches General Chemistry, courses in analytical chemistry and core science courses including Science as a Cultural Force and Lead and Civilization. He previously served as core curriculum director. Weidenhamer’s research interests include the development of methods for analysis of plant root exudates in soil, and the contamination of... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/jweiden/