Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website Edit link
Dr. Soren Brauner, Professor Dr. Soren Brauner
Professor of Biology
322 , Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University in 1986 and teaches courses in plants and civilization, molecular and cellular basis of life, general botany, genetics, advanced genetics, environmental science seminar and issues in environmental science Area of expertise is in plant genetics and evolution and recent work has involved the use of DNA markers as tools for genetic analysis in wild plants and in garden pea Current research... Read More

Dolly Crawford Dr. Dolly Crawford
Assistant Professor of Biology
325, Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University in 2014 and teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, general biology, field zoology, geographical information systems and vertebrate biology Students in the Crawford Lab explore a variety of questions related to wildlife ecology and animal physiology with the ultimate goal of research being to present and publish scientific studies that help “move the needle” on our understanding of... Read More

Dr. Doug Dawson Dr. Doug Dawson
Professor of Biology/Toxicology
318 , Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1993 Currently teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, advanced human physiology, pharmacology and toxicology Conducts research with students in area of toxicology

Dr. Paul Hyman, Associate Professor Dr. Paul Hyman
Associate Professor of Biology, Chair, Department of Biology and Toxicology
319 , Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as chair of the Department of Biology and Toxicology Teaches courses in Human Biology, Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life, Nursing Microbiology, Genetics, Journal Club, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Emerging Pathogens Research centers on bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria. Bacteriophages are found wherever bacteria are found:... Read More

Dr. Mason Posner, Professor, Chair Dr. Mason Posner
Professor of Biology
320, Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999 and teaches courses in Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology, Evolution, Marine Biology, and Molecular Biology Involves students in research in his labs using molecular biology techniques to understand how eye lens proteins adapt to changes in environmental temperature Students currently investigating the evolution and biological role of lens proteins called... Read More

Brenda Rodeback, Administrative Assistant Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 , Kettering Science Building
Mrs. Brenda Rodeback joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the departments of biology/toxicology/environmental science and chemistry/geology/physics in September 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of biology/toxicology/environmental science, chemistry/geology/physics, psychology, criminal justice, sociology and social work. She has an associate’s degree in... Read More

Dr. Patricia Saunders, Associate Professor Dr. Patricia Saunders
Associate Professor of Biology, Director of the Environmental Science Program
324 , Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2002 Area of expertise is aquatic ecology Teaches courses in biology, ecology and environmental science Since joining AU, has directed many students doing independent research projects related to the ecology of a local lake and ponds at the Black Fork Wetlands Preserve

Dr. Kristin Simokat, Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Simokat
Assistant Professor of Biology/Toxicology
215, Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2013 and serves as visiting Assistant Professor of Biology/Toxicology Teaches courses in human anatomy and physiology Current research interests include the integration of writing-to-learn strategies and technology to promote learning and understanding of science Comes most recently from the Palouse region (University of Idaho and Washington State University) where she taught... Read More

Rachel Swartz Rachel Swartz
Biology Lab Technician
Rm. 215, Kettering Science Building
Rachel Swartz joined the department spring of 2017 as a laboratory technician. She graduated from Ashland University in 2016 with a bachelors of science in biology and environmental science.

Merrill Tawse, Professional Instructor Merrill Tawse
Professional Instructor of Biology
323, Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as professional instructor of biology teaching Ecology and the Human Environment; Organisms, Adaptations and Physiology; Labs in Costa Rica; Entomology; Human Anatomy & Physiology for Nursing Students; and Environmental Science Seminar Work with students in field research focuses on polyploidy in Ambystomid salamanders and projects via radio-telemetry in... Read More

jeff_taylor_picture_081116.jpg Jeff Taylor

, Kettering Science Building

Jeff Taylor is joining the Department of Biology and Toxicology as an Adjunct Instructor.  He will be teaching courses in human anatomy and physiology.  In addition to his adjunct teaching at Ashland University, he is also a full-time faculty member and the biology department program coordinator at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio and has taught anatomy and physiology previously at Columbus State... Read More

Dr. Andrew Trimble, Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Trimble
Associate Professor of Biology/Toxicology
326, Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2009 and serves as associate professor of Biology/Toxicology Teaches courses such as Drugs, Poisons, Pollutants and the Human Perception of Risk;  Principles of Toxicology; and Methods in Toxicology Research interests include examining the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures and saline deicing agents to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment Has previously been the... Read More

Tricia Trimble Tricia Trimble
Laboratory Supervisor
313, Kettering Science Building
Tricia Trimble moved to the Ashland area in 2009.  Prior to this, she attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 2004 and a Master of Science degree in Zoology with an emphasis in Environmental and Aquatic Toxicology in 2007.  After receiving her degrees, Tricia worked as a toxicology researcher at the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center and... Read More