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Dr. Kevin Gribbins, Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Kevin Gribbins

Assistant Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in comparative anatomy, histology and herpetology
  • PhD, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise
comparative anatomy and histology, herpetology

Background
Dr. Gribbins has published more than 45 manuscripts and book chapters on the histology of the reproductive system and spermatogenesis in reptiles and amphibians. He enjoys including undergraduates in his research and has had many undergraduates on his research publications. He is an herpetologist by training and has extensive experience handling large or venomous reptiles and also enjoys fieldwork within the area of herpetofauna. Check out Dr. Gribbins' publications, nature photos and more on his personal website ►

Research Interests
herpetology; reproductive anatomy and histology of male reproductive systems in reptiles and amphibians; comparative anatomy and physiology; spermatogenesis; and transmission electron microscopy

Education
PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati

Favorite thing about UIndy
Working with our engaging students.

Contact Information
gribbinsk@uindy.edu
317-788-3326
Lilly Science Hall 030A

Dr. John Langdon, Professor of Biology & Anthropology

Dr. John H. Langdon

Professor of Biology & Anthropology

  • Expertise in human biology, human anatomy and human evolution
  • PhD, Anthropology

Areas of Expertise
human evolution; human anatomy; human biology

Background
Dr. Langdon has written three books, The Human Strategy: An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Anatomy (Oxford University Press), Human Dissection for the Allied Health Sciences (Little, Brown), and Functional Morphology of the Miocene Hominoid Foot (S. Karger), and co-edited a fourth, The Natural History of Paradigms (University of Indianapolis Press). He is currently working on a project to reconstruct the human biological history of Franklin County, IN.

Research Interests
historical demography; human biology; human evolution; functional and evolutionary morphology; history and development of paleoanthropology; evolution of human behavior; history and process of the natural sciences

Education
PhD, Anthropology, Yale University
MPhil, Anthropology, Yale University
BA, Anthropology, Harvard University

Favorite thing about UIndy
The opportunity to mentor a graduate student through a thesis and into a doctoral program.

Contact Information
langdon@uindy.edu
317-788-3447
Esch Hall, 233D 

Dr. Douglas Stemke, Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Douglas Stemke

Associate Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in general biology, microbiology and molecular biology
  • PhD, Molecular Microbiology/Biochemistry

Areas of Expertise
bacteriological, biochemical, biotechnological and molecular biology techniques

Background
Dr. Stemke has taught for 16 years outside of graduate school–two years at University of Minnesota Morris, two years at Hanover College, four years at Elon University and eight years at UIndy. He has also completed five years of postdoctoral training – one year at the Center of Marine Biotechnology at Maryland Biotechnology Institute, one year the Pharmacy School at University of Maryland, and two years at the Biological Process Technology Institute. He is a member of the national branch of the American Association for Microbiology, has been president of the Indiana College Biology Teachers Association, and will be president of the Indiana Branch of the American Association for Microbiology in 2015. He is currently writing a book on Anthropogenic Pathogenicity and developing educational case studies to teach biology students.

Research Interests
environmental and industrial microbiology; investigating infectious disease processes in natural systems influenced or directly caused by human activities

Education
PhD, Molecular Microbiology/Biochemistry, Louisiana State University
BS, Microbiology/Chemistry, Texas State University

Favorite thing about UIndy
I appreciate being part of UIndy's supportive community. 

Contact Information
stemked@uindy.edu
317-788-2169
Lilly Science Hall 30B

Dr. P. Roger Sweets

Associate Professor & Chair of Biology

  • Expertise in ecology, evolutionary biology and ornithology
  • PhD

Areas of Expertise
ecology, evolutionary biology, ornithology

Research Interests
diatom ecology in Oregon lakes; pollen analysis from sediments recovered near mastodon skeleton; effectiveness of rain gardens

Contact Information
rsweets@uindy.edu
317-788-3406
Lilly Science Hall 130D