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Department of Biological Sciences

Biology is the scientific study of life: its diverse forms, processes, environments and systems. At Bridgewater, we prioritize hands-on biology learning in our well-equipped laboratories and through fieldwork and ecological studies in the multiple different habitats located close to campus.

Our goal is to provide undergraduates with a broad background that gives them career flexibility, and to provide graduate students with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in more specialized areas.

Faculty
Michael J. Carson
Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 314
Tel:
508.531.2090
Email: mjcarson@bridgew.edu

Dr. Carson joined Bridgewater State University in 2000. His expertise is with both classical genetic analysis and molecular genetics and he teaches Genetics and Human Genetics for majors, Human Heredity, and other non-majors biology courses. Dr. Carson’s research relates to proteins that control cell division in the bacterial species, Escherichia coli. Approaches to this problem include isolation of new mutants, a technique that is very amenable to involving undergraduate students in research projects. His additional interests are in bioinformatics and the social and medical implications of genetic and molecular genetics technologies such as DNA fingerprinting, genetic testing for human disease and gene therapy. Dr. Carson spends off-hours with his family, numerous animals and loves the beaches and whales of New England.

Areas of Expertise

Genetics
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Degrees

BS, University of Alberta 1981 Genetics
PhD, University of Washington 1987 Genetics
Post Doc, Harvard University 1987-1991 Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Kenneth Adams
Assistant Professor
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 380
Tel:
508.531.1851
Email: kenneth.adams@bridgew.edu
Christopher Bloch
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 307
Tel:
508.531.2087
Email: cbloch@bridgew.edu

Christopher Bloch joined the faculty of Bridgewater State University in the fall of 2006. His primary teaching responsibilities include General Biology II, Ecology, and Biometry (experimental design and statistical analysis in biological research). Dr. Bloch's research interests lie primarily at the population and community levels of ecological organization. Currently, the principal focus of his work involves the effects of natural (e.g., hurricanes) and anthropogenic (e.g., logging) disturbance events on population dynamics and community structure. Most of this work has used terrestrial snails as a model organism, but he has studied a variety of organisms, including whipspiders, rodents, and bats, in tropical and temperate systems. He also maintains an interest in the mechanisms that generate broad-scale patterns of biodiversity. He actively involves Bridgewater students in his ongoing research on the ecology of terrestrial snails in Puerto Rico as well as local projects focusing on effects of habitat loss and fragmentation.

Areas of Expertise
  • Community ecology
  • Population biology
  • Macroecology
  • Biometry
Degrees

BS, Old Dominion University 1994 Biology
MS, Old Dominion University 1997 Biology
PhD, Texas Tech University 2004 Biology

Jeffery A. Bowen
Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 315
Tel:
508.531.2098
Email: jabowen@bridgew.edu

Dr. Bowen's responsibilities include teaching introductory Biology courses and laboratories, as well as upper level courses in Microscopy and Embryology/Developmental Biology. He also develops courses specific to the goals of the upper level courses appropriate for the department's biomedical/molecular concentration. Additional contributions to the overall development of the department include a strong commitment to teaching and research in an undergraduate setting, advising undergraduate students, participating in equipment procurement and supervising original undergraduate research.

Areas of Expertise
  • Animal Science and Reproductive Physiology
  • Reproductive Physiology and Cellular Biology
  • Reproductive Physiology & Reproductive Immunology
Degrees

BS, MS, California State Polytechnic University
PhD, Texas A&M University

Kevin D. Curry
Professor of Biological Sciences, Watershed Access Lab Coordinator
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 303
Tel:
508.531.2082
Email: kcurry@bridgew.edu

Kevin Curry's love of the outdoors and countless hours spent on streams led him to a career in biology. Field Ecology has been his interest ever since his undergraduate research experience at Central College and in Yucatan working on bats. Dr. Curry's current interests in fish, aquatic insect communities, dragonflies, and biotic indicators have developed over years spent on rivers and streams. A Fulbright Award to study with Dr. Bill Freedman at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia has been catalytic in his current course and research interests.

Areas of Expertise

Stream Ecology
Fish Biology
Aquatic Insects

Degrees

BA, Central College in Pella, Iowa 1973 Biology
MS, University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona 1975 Fisheries
PhD, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana 1979 Aquatic Ecology

John Jahoda
Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 313
Tel:
508.531.2088
Email: jjahoda@bridgew.edu

Dr. Jahoda came to Bridgewater in 1970. While at Bridgewater, his various roles have included Chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences. He has also been on the Board of Directors, Plymouth Marine Mammal Research Center, the Principal Investigator of Project SWIMS, the Coordinator of JASON Project BSC/WHOI, the Coordinator of the Science Exploration Series, a member of the education committee of the National Marine Life Center, a member of National Science Teacher Association (NSTA), and the Principle Investigator for NIH-SEPA. His academic honors include membership in the honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi. He is a life member of the American Society of Mammalogists, and a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy. He is the author of numerous scientific publications, scientific reports and two books. Dr. Jahoda is very involved in science education. Dr. Jahoda's research interests center around vertebrate ecology, animal behavior and evolution. Currently he is studying the dynamics of northern forest ecosystems, marine mammals, turtles and wetlands. His hobbies include hiking, travel and fly fishing.

Dr. Jahoda was born in Dalhart, Texas. He was educated at Lyman Memorial High School, in Lebanon, Connecticut. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, with High Honors and distinction in Zoology, and his PhD from Oklahoma State University. After receiving his PhD, Dr. Jahoda spent a year at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo before coming to Bridgewater.

Degrees

BA, University of Connecticut at Storrs with High Honors and distinction in Zoology
PhD, Oklahoma State University

Merideth Krevosky
Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 316
Tel:
508.531.2097
Email: mkrevosky@bridgew.edu

Dr. Krevosky joined the faculty of Bridgewater State University in the fall of 2002 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her responsibilities include teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology (lecture and laboratory) as well as the introductory Biology laboratory course. Additional courses include Animal Physiology (lecture and laboratory) as well as other upper level Biology courses. Dr. Krevosky's research interests focus on the study of programmed cell death, or apoptosis, of cancer cells. Many cancer cells acquire genetic mutations or express proteins that prevent cell death following therapeutic intervention (chemotherapy, irradiation). The study of the basic mechanisms of cancer cell death may lead to the identification of novel targets for the treatment of cancer. Dr. Krevosky looks forward to the opportunity to work with Bridgewater undergraduates to introduce them to cellular and molecular biology techniques used in cancer research. Knowledge of cellular and molecular biology will enable Bridgewater students to become well-rounded and successful scientific researchers at the undergraduate level.

Areas of Expertise
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology (Breast Cancer)
  • Programmed Cell Death (Apoptosis)
Degrees

BS, (Cum Laude) Saint Mary's College Notre Dame 1990-1994 Biology
PhD, Loyola University 1994-1999 Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
Post Doc, Northwestern University 1997 Endocrinology & Molecular Medicine

Heather Marella
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 386
Tel:
508.531.1365
Email: heather.marella@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BS, Wake Forest University
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Boriana Marintcheva
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 309
Tel:
508.531.1729
Email: Boriana.Marintcheva@bridgew.edu

Boriana Marintcheva joined the faculty of Bridgewater State University in the Fall of 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, where she currently teaches Introductory Biology, First Year Seminar, Cell Biology and Virology. Dr. Marintcheva's research interests focus on the biology of virus-host interactions using bacteriophage (bacterial virus) T7/ Escherichia coli model system. Knowledge about the specifics of virus-host interactions in different systems has allowed the development of preventive and therapeutic measures aimed at diminishing the negative impact of viruses on human health, and using viruses for practical purposes such as biotechnology and drug delivery. While bacterial viruses are harmless to humans, they function in similar ways to animal viruses and often employ simpler molecular machinery. Historically, many aspects of viral biology were initially understood using bacteriophages and then applied to the more complex systems of animal viruses. In her research Dr. Marintcheva uses techniques from molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry. She hopes to involve Bridgewater students in her research program and share her knowledge and enthusiasm for science.

Areas of Expertise

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Virology
Viral replication

Degrees

BS/MS, Sofia University in Sofia, Bulgaria 1988-1993 Biochemistry and Microbiology; Teaching Biology and Chemistry
PhD, University of Connecticut Health Center 1997-2002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Postdoc, Harvard Medical School 2003-2008 Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Jennifer Mendell
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 318
Tel:
508.531.2610
Email: jennifer.mendell@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Wheaton College
PhD, Cornell University

Donald J. Padgett
Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 305
Tel:
508.531.2089
Email: dpadgett@bridgew.edu
Areas of Expertise
  • Plant Evolution and Classification
  • Plant Identification
  • Aquatic Plant Biology
Degrees
BS, Susquehanna University 1991 Biology
MS, University of New Hampshire 1993 Plant Biology
PhD, University of New Hampshire 1997 Plant Biology
Jonathan Roling
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 311
Tel:
508.531.2488
Email: Jonathan.Roling@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BS, Erskine College
MS, PhD, University of Texas at El Paso

Joseph Seggio
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 388
Tel:
508.531.1496
Email: jseggio@bridgew.edu

Joseph Seggio joined the Bridgewater department of biological sciences in 2010. Dr. Seggio's area of research uncovers the effects of acute and chronic ethanol exposure on circadian rhythms in mammals, particularly rodent models. He is also the department's pre-med adviser for students seeking to attend medical school. He studies: the effects of chronic ethanol intake and ethanol preference on the mammalian circadian pacemaker; characterizing circadian pacemaker functioning in high and low ethanol-preferring strains of mice; the effects of other GABAergic drugs (e.g. benzodiazepines) on the mammalian circadian pacemaker; and characterizing the chronobiological and genetic correlates of ethanol preference in mice. Dr. Seggio is also attempting to elucidate the genetic interactions of ethanol drinking and circadian rhythms in Drosophila melanogaster.

Areas of Expertise

Circadian Rhythms
Neuroscience
Alcohol Biology

Degrees

BA, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York 2004 Biology, History, Classical Studies
PhD, University of Maine in Orono, Maine 2009 Neuroscience

Staff
Ronald Aakjar
Staff Associate for Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 378
Tel:
508.531.1839
Email: raakjar@bridgew.edu
Maria Armour
Staff Assistant for Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 312
Tel:
508.531.1803
Email: marmour@bridgew.edu
Liz Chappuis
Staff Associate for Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 394
Tel:
508.531.2092
Email: echappuis@bridgew.edu
Dale Crowley
Staff Associate
Email: dcrowley@bridgew.edu
Tracie Fagan
Administrative Assistant I, Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 301
Tel:
508.531.1358
Email: tfagan@bridgew.edu
Deborah Fiore
Staff Associate, Lab Preparer for Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 312
Tel:
508.531.2677
Email: d1fiore@bridgew.edu
Kim McCoy
Staff Assistant for Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 265 A&B
Tel:
508.531.2630
Email: kmccoy@bridgew.edu
John Rocharz
Technical Assistant II, Green House Manager
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 378
Tel:
508.531.2261
Email: jrocharz@bridgew.edu
Department Chair
Dr.
Michael J. Carson
Tel:
508.531.2090
Administrative Assistant
Ms.
Tracie Fagan
Tel:
508.531.1358
Pre-Med Adviser
Dr.
Joseph Seggio
Tel:
508.531.1496
Honors Program Coordinator
Dr.
Christopher Bloch
Tel:
508.531.2087
Graduate Coordinator
Dr.
John Jahoda
Tel:
508.531.2088

The department offers a BA or BS in Biology, a minor in biology, and a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (biology). We have ten teaching labs and highly sophisticated equipment to help students apply the theoretical principles they are learning. Our students also learn through activities in Bridgewater’s Biology Garden and greenhouse, in our new Watershed Access Laboratory, and in the ponds, rivers, marshes, swamps, bogs and bays in the region surrounding us. We strongly encourage undergraduate research.

Biologists have access to a broad range of careers, from researcher and educator to laboratory manager, research coordinator, environmentalist, microbiologist and a variety of clinical and medical positions.

Biological Sciences
Center for Science & Mathematics
Room 301
508.531.1358


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