Mentors

 
Paul Bartels is faculty in Biology at Warren Wilson College

Dr. Paul Bartels, Professor of Biology

Paul Bartels, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Bartels is a zoologist with broad interests in ecology, evolution, and behavior.  He has interests in coral reef ecology and conservation, but his active research primarily focuses on a little known group of animals called “water bears” (Phylum Tardigrada).  Dr. Bartels has studied this group in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory. To date, Dr. Bartels and his team have discovered 77 new records of tardigrade species for the park, including 13 species new to science. He will be on sabbatical in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Amy Boyd is faculty in Biology at WWC.

Dr. Amy Boyd, Professor of Biology

Amy Boyd, Ph.D.

Dr. Amy Boyd is a self-proclaimed generalist at heart, fascinated by the wonderful breadth of biology and natural history, and has pursued specific study in plant ecology, evolution and plant-animal interactions. Her most recent research has focused on plant-pollinator interactions and floral biology.

Mark Brenner is faculty in Biology and Environmental Studies at WWC.

Dr. Mark Brenner, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Mark Brenner, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Brenner is an applied aquatic ecologist by training, but has research interests that extend more broadly. He has mentored more than 100 undergraduate research projects over his years at Warren Wilson, many of them in water pollution assessment, wastewater treatment, and aquaculture. More recently, he has developed an interest in mycology and using fungi for food production, waste treatment, and bioremediation.

Mary Bulan is faculty in Environmental Studies at WWC

Dr. Mary Saunders Bulan, Professor of Environmental Studies

Mary Saunders Bulan, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Saunders Bulan is an agroecologist with broad interests at the interface of farming, ecosystems and human society. Her work has ranged from applied on-farm agronomic research on cover crops and tillage reduction, to population genetics of crop plants, to econometric modeling of farmer behavior in an international context. Dr. Bulan is interested in participatory and community-based research approaches. She will be working closely with working lands managers at Warren Wilson College to develop projects on campus.

David Coffey is faculty in Chemistry at WWC.

Dr. David Coffey, Professor of Physics

David Coffey, Ph.D.

The focus of Dr. David Coffey’s personal research is developing next-generation solar cells. Students can join him in this work (in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado) or he is happy to advise students in a variety of other areas including physics topics, food science, and nanotechnology.

Bob Eckstein is faculty in Biology at WWC.

Dr. Bob Eckstein, Professor of Biology

Bob Eckstein, Ph.D., DVM

Dr. Bob Eckstein is a veterinarian with a Ph.D. in Applied Animal Behavior.  He generally mentors students who are interested in studying the behavior of domestic animals, including campus cows, pigs, sheep and chickens.  He also works with students following their own specific interests, such as raccoon food handling, bird diversity in Golden Gate Park, aromatherapy for kenneled dogs, feeding choices of free ranging cows in India, and vocal analyses of tree frogs.

Dave Ellum is faculty in Environmental Studies at WWC.

Dr. Dave Ellum, Professor of Ecological Forestry

Dave Ellum, Ph.D.

Dr. Dave Ellum is a silviculturist who specializes in the regeneration ecology of hardwood forests, especially the population dynamics and physiological responses of non-woody forest plants following forest canopy removal. He works with students on projects involving invasive plant species, forest medicinals (ecology, management, chemical constituents), forest management plans, agroforestry, carbon sequestration by forests and regeneration ecology.

Liesl Erb is faculty in Biology and Environmental Studies at WWC

Dr. Liesl Peterson Erb, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Liesl Peterson Erb, Ph.D.

Dr. Liesl Peterson Erb is a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist. Her research centers on the impact of climate and land use change on wildlife, particularly mountain-dwelling mammals. Many of the questions she investigates address plant-animal interactions in a changing world, exploring topics such as changes in distribution, phenology, and foraging preference due to global change.

Robert Hastings is faculty in Environmental Studies at WWC.

Robert Hastings, Professor of Environmental Studies

Robert Hastings, P.G., M.S.

Robert Hastings is a licensed professional geologist with 25 years of professional experience in groundwater, energy, and pollutant fate and transport. His research interests include groundwater and surface water interaction and the fate of inorganic constitutions.

Jeff Holmes is faculty in Biology at Warren Wilson College.

Dr. Jeff Holmes, Professor of Biology

Jeff Holmes, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeff Holmes’ background is in microbiology and genetics. He is interested in projects about either weird organisms or weird biology, like whether single celled brain parasites drive shrews to open spaces before killing them.

Alisa Hove is faculty in Biology at Warren Wilson College.

Dr. Alisa Hove, Professor of Biology

Alisa Hove, Ph.D.

Dr. Alisa Hove is a botanist who studies the evolution of plant reproductive strategies and plant phenology. Students who work with her pursue projects relating to mating system evolution, plant-pollinator interactions, plant phenology, and plant responses to stressful environments.

Langdon Martin is faculty in Chemistry at WWC.

Dr. Langdon Martin, Professor of Chemistry

Langdon Martin, Ph.D.

Dr. Langdon Martin is an organic chemist with interests including bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology, particularly involving peptides.  He works with students on projects that include small-molecule synthesis, isolation and characterization of natural products, and biochemical assays.