Biology Faculty & Staff

Department Chair and Secretary
Fredric Govedich
Fredric Govedich | Associate Professor of Biology/Department Chair
Office: SC 303C
Office hours: MTWRF 9-10, or by appointment
Phone: (435) 865-8092
Education: Ph.D. in Biology from Monash University (Australia), 2001 Master of Science in Biology from Northern Arizona University, 1996 Bachelor of Science in Biology (Summa Cum Laude, with research) from Northern Arizona University, 1994 Awards: College of Science Outstanding Faculty Member. 2009-2010. Biology Department. I am interested in various aspects of aquatic ecology, animal behavior, and invertebrate evolution, including the evolution of parental care strategies in leeches, leech population genetics, leech systematics, and the reconstruction of the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) of invertebrate groups, predator-prey interactions, feeding behavior, and migration within and between systems (migration, dispersal, etc.). Currently I am working on several aspects of population biology, evolutionary biology and animal behavior, including the evolution of reproductive strategies, parental care, sex allocation, and paternity in freshwater glossiphoniid leeches.
Natasha Johnson
Natasha Johnson | Administrative Assistant II
Office: SC 303
Phone: (435) 586-7944

Angela Patino-Acevedo
Angela Patino-Acevedo | Greenhouse Manager
Office: SCA 303
Phone: 435-586-7925

Ryan Barney
Ryan Barney | Lecturer of Biology
Office: TH 108
Office hours: Monday 11:00 am - 2:00 PM and Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm or by appointment
Phone: (435) 865-8043
Rachel Bolus
Rachel Bolus | Assistant Professor of Biology- Ecology
Office: SC 131A
Phone: (435) 865-8450

Helen Boswell
Helen Boswell | Associate Professor of Biology
Office: SC 112
Office hours: Fall 2017: M: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. T: 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. R: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. F: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Plus open door policy
Phone: (435) 865-8163
Carrie Bucklin
Carrie Bucklin | Assistant Professor of Biology- Biology Educator
Office: SC 115
Office hours: M: 9a-1030a T: 3p-5p W: 9a-1030a
Phone: (435) 865-8448

Lance Forshee
Lance Forshee | Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: SC 126
Office hours: T/TH 3-5 F 9-10
Phone: (435) 586-7943
Nikki Frey
Nikki Frey | USU Extension Wildlife Specialist
Office: SC 209
Phone: (435) 586-1924

Roger Gold
Roger Gold | Associate Professor of Biology- Microbiology
Office: SC 131B
Office hours: 10:00 - 11:00 AM and 3:00 - 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Phone: (435) 586-7931
Jacqualine Grant
Jacqualine Grant | Associate Professor of Biology/Museum Curator
Office: SCA 105A
Office hours: Fall 2017 Monday 9:30 am - 11:30 am Tuesday 9:30 am - 10:30 am Wednesday 9:30 am - 11:30 am Spring 2018 Monday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Wednesday 9:30 am - 11:30 am Thursday 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Phone: (435) 865-8549
I am an Associate Professor in the Biology Department. I'm passionate about Natural History and STEAM education for K-12, college, and community audiences. I have taught the following courses here at SUU: BIOL 1025 Human Biology Lab BIOL 1610 General Biology I BIOL 1615 General Biology I Lab BIOL 1620 General Biology II BIOL 1625 General Biology II Lab BIOL 2455 Human Physiology Lab BIOL 2500 Environmental Biology BIOL 2500 Semester in the Parks Environmental Biology of Bryce Canyon National Park BIOL 3060 Genetics BIOL 3065 Genetics Lab BIOL 3390 Mammalogy BIOL 3395 Mammalogy Laboratory BIOL 3450 Comparative Vertebrate Studies BIOL 3455 Comparative Vertebrate Studies Lab BIOL 4650 Conservation Biology BIOL 4830-04 Individual Study BIOL 4840-04 Cooperative Education BIOL 4850-04 Undergraduate Research BIOL 4990 Biology Seminar EDGE 3010 Community Project Proposal & Planning EDGE 4010 Community Project Reflection & Reporting UNIV 3925 EDGE Project Proposal: [Engagement Center] UNIV 4925 EDGE Program Completion: [Engagement Center] Partners in the Parks: Great Basin National Park with Briget Eastep I regularly collaborate in interdisciplinary efforts that include guest lecturing and supervising student projects for classes such as ART 3080 Gallery & Museum Practices, ART 4910 Education in a Museum Environment, and ORPT 4020 Interpretation. I direct the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History and am the Academic Director of the Semester in the Parks Program for 2017-2018. In 2017 I was honored to take part in the President's Leadership Academy at SUU. I serve as the Vice President for Education and Outreach for the Society for Conservation Biology (2015-2018). I contribute to the scholarly development of students at SUU through research programs related to native plants, plants that are culturally important to the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, and museum educational outreach, as well as through my position as the Academic Director of the Semester in the Parks Program at SUU.

Debra Hanson
Debra Hanson | Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: SCA 203
Office hours: Fall 2017 MW 12:00-12:50pm; 2:00-2:30pm F 10:00-10:50am; 12:00-12:50pm
Phone: (435) 865-8129
Bill Heyborne
Bill Heyborne | Associate Professor of Biology
Office: SC 119
Office hours: MWF 4:00-5:00 pm
Phone: (435) 865-8443

Karl Jarvis
Karl Jarvis | Lecturer of Biology
Office: SC 131C
Office hours: Fall 2017: Tue 10am-12pm, 1-3pm Thu 1-3pm
Phone: (435) 865-8449
Jon Karpel
Jon Karpel | Associate Professor of Biology
Office: SCA 201
Office hours: For current office hours, see schedule posted outside my office door.
Phone: (435) 586-1928

Laurie Mauger
Laurie Mauger | Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: SCA 215
Phone: (435) 586-7926
Jennifer Mraz-Craig
Jennifer Mraz-Craig | Lecturer of Biology
Office: SC 118
Phone: (435) 586-7967

Matt Ogburn
Matt Ogburn | Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: SCA 304
Office hours: M 2-4 pm WF 2-3 pm
Phone: (435) 865-8331
Paul Pillitteri
Paul Pillitteri | Associate Professor of Biology
Office: SCA 212
Office hours: MWF: 10-11, 12-1 Thurs: 10-12
Phone: (435) 586-1909

Lindsey Roper
Lindsey Roper | Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: SCA 214
Office hours: W & F 11:00-1:00 or email for an appointment.
Phone: (435) 865-8038
John Taylor
John Taylor | Assistant Dean/Associate Professor of Biology
Office: BB 303E
Phone: (435) 865-8699

Mary Jo Tufte
Mary Jo Tufte | Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: SC 117
Office hours: Spring 2017: Monday: 11:00-12:00 Tuesday: 11:30-12:00 Wednesday: 10:00-1:00 Thursday: 11:30-12:00
Phone: (435) 586-7929
Matthew Weeg
Matthew Weeg | Associate Professor of Biology
Office: SCA 213
Office hours: MWF 10:00-11:00 MF 3:00-4:00
Phone: (435) 865-8442

Samuel Wells
Samuel Wells | Lecturer of Biology
Office: SC 113
Office hours: MWF 12:00-1:30
Phone: (435) 865-8701