Faculty

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Soren Brauner Dr. Soren Brauner
Professor
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 Dr. Nigel Brush
Professor
421 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5271
nbrush@ashland.edu
Dr. Nigel Brush, 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 from the... Read More

Dr. Doug Dawson Dr. Doug Dawson
Professor
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. Michael Hudson Dr. Michael Hudson
Associate Professor
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 Dr. Mason Posner
Professor, 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/
Brenda Rodeback Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu
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 Dr. Patricia Saunders
Associate Professor
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. Her area of expertise is aquatic ecology, and she teaches courses in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Since joining Ashland University she has directed many students doing independent research projects related to the ecology of a... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/psaunder/
Merrill Tawse Merrill Tawse
Professional Instructor
323, Kettering Science Building
419.207.6310
mtawse@ashland.edu
Merrill Tawse joined the Biology/Toxicology Department in 2010. His work with students in field research focuses on polyploidy in Ambystomid salamanders and projects via radio-telemetry in territoriality and site affinity of the secretive marsh birds, the Virginia Rails. Other student projects have included foraging and roosting behaviors of insectivorous bats in the Mohican Forest. He has conducted numerous Indiana... Read More

Dr. Andrew Trimble Dr. Andrew Trimble
Associate Professor
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 Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer
Professor
419 , 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/