From the Desks of the Department Chairs:
Greetings to all Biology and Environmental Sciences program graduates!
Drs. Grebenok and Hogan were elected as the department co-chairs in May of 2016.
We have fortunately inherited a program that maintains a high quality, dedicated and eager collection of faculty who have, and continue to drive the program and initiatives to great heights.
Several of these initiatives involve the development and redevelopment of programs that serve the undergraduate population within our program and the institution.
This past academic year Biology faculty Andrew Stewart, Jon O’Brien, Sara Morris, Sue Margulis and Bob Grebenok won external funding from the NSF and USDA. The support was used to further the development of programs including undergraduate student retention and undergraduate student research.
To highlight our research efforts, the department organized a Research Symposium in conjunction with Alumni weekend. Our students presented their research to their fellow students, faculty, administrators, alumni and their families. This symposium is a yearly event and we hope that additional alumni can attend in the future.
Beyond academics, our students continue to impress us with their broad based talents and uses of their time. In addition to meeting all of expectations in the classroom, the students also participate in student government, campus ministry, they compete in NCAA division 1 sports and they engage and serve. This service involves many communities around the globe, accessed through service trips and engagement in our own Buffalo community.
As always, the Department, students and faculty, would not exist as a community without the wonderful interactions we have with you, our alumni. We encourage you to keep us up to date with events in your lives and don't be shy; please share your Alumni profile with us. Please visit our web site and Facebook page to learn more about what we do and how you can become involved.
Current Faculty & Staff
Elizabeth Hogan, Ph.D.
Robert Grebenok, Ph.D.
- Physiology / Biochemistry
Edward Kisailus, Ph.D.
Michael Noonan, Ph.D.
- Animal Behavior
Susan Margulis, Ph.D.
- Animal Behavior
Katie Costanzo, Ph.D.
- Entomology / Ecology
Lisa Morey, Ph.D.
- Molecular Biology
Andrew Stewart, Ph.D.
- Population Genetics / Evolution
Jonathan O’Brien Ph.D.
- Freshwater Ecology
Daniel Haeusser, Ph.D.
Sarah Tulin, Ph.D.
- Developmental Biology
Jason Mayberry, Ph.D.
Kristen Covino, Ph.D.
- EcoPhysiology / Avian Biology
Mary Culp, M.S.
- General Biology Laboratory
- Director of Biology Laboratories
- Administrative Associate
- Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Ornithology / Avian Migration
Previous Faculty and Staff
- Susan Aronica / Physiology / passed
- Ann Wright / Education / passed
- Barbara Hanson / Microbiology / retired living in Texas
- Lisa Antozewski / Developmental Biology / moved working in Pittsburgh
- Paula Dehn / Environmental Toxicology / moved working in Kentucky
- Sai Chidambaram / Physiology / retired living in Western New York
- John Kalb / Developmental Biology / passed
- Pamela Lein / Neurobiology / moved working in California
- Darold Batzer / Ecology / moved working in Georgia
- Joe Tomasulo / Anatomy & Physiology / retired living in Western New York
- Chris Fialkiewicz / Administrative Associate / passed
- Nancy Wohlschlag / Laboratory Manager / passed
Students Engaged in Research
Paul Hart ('17) discusses his research with Gabby Bartheleme ('17) and family
Lana Aquila ('17) discusses her research with Dr. Peg McCarthy (Academic Vice President of Canisius College) and family
Andrew Beiter ('17) discusses his research with Drs. O'Brien and Stewart and Kyle Samson ('17)
Josh Harkins ('17) discusses his research with John Sebastiani ('14)
Dr. Hogan's research team, L to R - Mia LaMarco ('17), Nate Rexinger ('17), Dr. Hogan, Eva Gorney ('17) and Dilpreet Kaur ('17)
Christian Montes ('18) discusses his research with AnneMarie Block ('75)
Dr. Ann Wright, Professor of Biology, passed away on August 6th, 2016, after a valiant battle with acute myeloid leukemia. For over twenty years, Dr. Wright shared her passion for teaching anatomy and physiology with countless students in her classes at Canisius College.
She worked diligently to improve student learning by creating active learning experiences which engaged her students in the teaching-learning process. Her efforts to create effective learning strategies in physiology classes resulted in numerous grants, published papers, and the honor of being named an American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology education fellow in 2015.
Dr, Wright espoused the Jesuit ideal of using one’s gifts for the service of others and the benefit of society through her outreach activities with primary and secondary schools. She dedicated much of her time to developing and overseeing the Mentor Learning Program (MRB), an after-school program for elementary and middle-school children in Buffalo Public School and Community Centers designed to generate an interest in science. Under the mentorship of Dr. Wright, Canisius College undergraduate students developed hands-on, inquiry-based “experiments” for students to perform. Anyone visiting the MRB would witness the excitement and enthusiasm of young “scientists” as they performed these experiments. Dr. Wright’s devotion to this program continued throughout her illness, as she mentored and advised undergraduates involved in the MRB during her hospitalization at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The Biology Department considers the MRB to be Dr. Wright’s legacy and we are dedicated to making sure this program continues. Please consider supporting this program by contributing to the program during the Annual Giving Day.
Dr. Wright will be greatly missed across campus for her kindness, her can-do attitude, and her willingness to volunteer for projects and committees. Her approach was always one of collegiality, with an intention to work hard. Colleagues from numerous departments and offices have expressed how unassuming and helpful she was on the projects she completed. We have lost a genuine, friendly colleague whose attitudes toward learning and toward service will continue to inspire us.
Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta)
TriBeta is an honor society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its national founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 670 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including the Canisius College, Alpha Theta chapter founded in 1941. Members of the Canisius chapter are inducted based on their commitment and involvement in the Biological sciences, society events, and community service. In addition, members also participate in fundraising events, such as our annual Variety Show, a campus wide talent show. Last year, the society raised over $1,500 to help improve the lives of orphans in Poland and in previous years the money has helped support Habitat for Humanity and medically underserved patients in Nicaragua. The society has a strong presence on the Canisius campus and within the Biology department where members continually work to promote both the college and society's missions.