Ph.D., City College of the City University of New York
Professor Beulig specializes in vertebrate biology, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, coral reef ecology and neurobiology. His current research is in the area of psychoneuroimmunology. This emerging field centers around the interactions among the endocrine, nervous and immune systems that control behaviors to prepare the organism to withstand stress and involves "mind-body" phenomena. He is using marine organisms including fish as model systems to study the evolution and function of these mechanisms. Recently, he has been investigating the effects of chronic stress on cognition.
He teaches courses in organismic biology, animal behavior, neurobiology, immunobiology and coral reef ecology as well as the vertebrate section of the general biology course.
Professor Beulig is also involved in marine ecology and conservation in Central America. Under the auspices of the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, (ITEC) he teaches a field course in coral reef ecology during the summer in Panama.
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Professor Clore received her Ph.D. in plant science with a minor in molecular and cellular biology. She is interested in how plant cells perceive extracellular signals and transduce these signals into intracellular changes in biochemistry, gene expression and cytoskeletal architecture.
Her current research focuses on early endosperm development in maize. Funding for the research is provided in part by a nearly $400,000 grant she received from the National Science Foundation as part of a national research team. In addition, Dr. Clore is also studying maize pulvini, specialized organs found along the maize plant stem that sense when the plant has been tipped and reorient growth, as well as how carpel epidermal cells redifferentiate during carpel fusion in Madagascar periwinkle.
Besides her recent National Science Foundation grant, Dr. Clore and two other New College professors in the natural sciences received a NSF grant in 2006 to further their research into animal and plant development and gene expression. Through that grant, New College became one of only a small number of undergraduate institutions in the U.S. to have a real-time PCR instrument to measure DNA and RNA levels in tissue samples taken from organisms.
Professor Clore teaches Cellular Biology (lecture and laboratory), Topics in Plant Development, Plant Physiology, Developmental Biology, Topics in Cell Signaling and General Biology: from Molecules to Organism.
Ph.D., Florida State University
Professor Gilchrist has broad research interests in population biology of invertebrates. She has focused her work on crabs and their interactions with other organisms, concentrating research questions about resource use. Most recently, she has worked on questions about interactions between octopuses and hermit crabs in reef and seagrass environments. She also works with terrestrial invertebrates such as mangrove tree crabs and land hermit crabs. Her program in Honduras allows students to experience research abroad on a variety of organisms and systems. She has worked with her students on genetics of coral diseases and of wound healing in marine invertebrates.
She teaches a variety of courses including invertebrate zoology, mangrove ecology, and oceanography. Her broad training in biology and oceanography allows her to support tutorials and internships from feeding behavior of octopuses to work aboard open water research vessels. She and her students present their work regularly at professional conferences.
Biology professor Sandra Gilchrist was a part of a NOAA grant that brought enhancements to the marine center and helped support the beginnings of community outreach in marine studies. She received grants from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for K-12 teacher workshops and a summer science program for underprivileged middle school students to learn about the marine environment. She also spearheaded a gift from the AT&T Foundation to expand the College’s marine science program for elementary and middle school children from low-income families.
M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida
Professor McCord received his Ph.D. in entomology, studying the toxicology of insecticide resistance in insects. He worked at DuPont Agricultural Products for 23 years in a variety of positions including both Senior Research Biologist and Senior Research Chemist. His research interests include insecticide resistance mechanisms in insects, environmental toxicology, plant allelopathy, and the effects of plant allelochemicals on non-target hosts.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the study of toxicology and the environment, Professor McCord recently was awarded a 5-year, $51,000 grant from the Rita B. LaMere Memorial Foundation.
B.A., New College of Florida
Professor Ryba is a computational biologist with interests in epigenetic regulation and applying computational methods to study the biology of human disease. His research examines relationships between genome structure and function, with a focus on large-scale domain regulation and misregulation in respiratory disorders and pediatric leukemia. He enjoys teaching the theory and practice of deriving information from biological data, and participating in related ISPs, tutorials, and collaborative projects.
Ph.D., Cornell University
Professor Walstrom teaches biochemistry and molecular biology courses, laboratories and tutorials. Her interdisciplinary research group studies RNA helicases and gene regulation in the model organism C. elegans, a small nematode. Students in her laboratory utilize techniques such as PCR, RT-PCR, microscopy, cloning, protein purification and enzyme assays. In 2006, Dr. Walstrom and two other Natural Sciences professors received a grant to further their research into animal and plant development and gene expression. Through the grant, New College became one of only a small number of undergraduate institutions to have a real-time PCR instrument to measure DNA and RNA levels in tissue samples taken from organisms.
Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY
Diana Weber's research interests are on the effects of increasing physiological and environmental stress on wild populations, and the effects of reduced variability and severe reductions in population sizes (“bottlenecks”) in animals. In particular, she is interested in selection pressures on the immune system in species from extreme environments. She previously received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs to study the genetic diversity of a portion of the immune system in Arctic marine and terrestrial mammals. In 2005, she was a guest scientist on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s humpback whale photo-identification and biopsy cruise in the Bering Sea.
Professor Weber studied in the master’s program at California State University, Long Beach in biological sciences/marine biology before transferring to the University at Albany, SUNY where she earned her Ph.D. in biological sciences and taught Marine Biology and Biology of Marine Mammals. She has been awarded numerous research awards, including two from the National Science Foundation. In 2008, she won the University at Albany’s Paul C. Lemon Award for her thesis contribution to the “understanding of the ecological and environmental problems, inter-relationships and challenges in man’s natural world.” Weber believes it is important to properly train and mentor the next generation of scientists and conservationists and has made it her core philosophy since she finished her Ph.D.