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 Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Jere Boudell

 

Jere A. Boudell, Ph.D.

Position: Professor of Biology
Office: LDSC 135G
Phone: (678) 466-4772
E-mail:JereBoudell@clayton.edu
Website:https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/jboudell
Research Interest(s): As a riparian plant ecologist, I study the impacts of urbanization and climate change on riparian (riverine) restoration outcomes and the role of seed germination in plant community dynamics. I'm also a technologist and am interested in bridging the gap between the world of technology and ecology through mobile app development.




Dr. Stephen Burnett


Stephen C. Burnett, Ph.D.

Position: Professor of Biology
Office: LDSC 135D
Phone: (678) 466-4774
E-mail:StephenBurnett@clayton.edu
Website:https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/sburnett
Research Interest(s): Dr. Burnett is interested in many aspects of animal behavior, particularly communication between individuals. His primary studies are on bat echolocation, but he has also worked with students on other mammals, birds, and insects.

Kiera Davis



Dr. Diane Day

Keira C. Davis, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor of Biology
Office:
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E-mail:KieraDavis@clayton.edu
Website:https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/KieraDavis
About Dr. Davis:  She is passionate about scholars learning science and building interests to dissect complex systems of biology.  She has earned her Ph.D. at Clark Atlanta University after receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees from Florida A&M University and Virginia Tech.  Her research interests include the hedgehog signaling pathway in cancer biology and cilia assembly within model organisms.


Diane E. Day, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Lecturer in Biology
Office: LDSC 135M
Phone: (678) 466-4794
E-mail: DianeDay@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/dday2
Research Interest(s): Dr. Day is currently studying the population demographics of Eastern box turtles, Terrapene carolina, in Fayetteville, Georgia. This is a mark recapture study looking at population size, sex ratio, age structure, habitat selection, and home range movement. Due to the invasion of the non-native species of armadillos destroying the nests, much time in the summer is spent locating nesting females and protecting the nests. Some turtles have radio transmitters attached to their shells and radio telemetry is used to track their movements throughout the 307 acre nature preserve. DNA analysis is being run to look at relatedness within the population.

 

Dr. Michelle Furlong

Michelle A. Furlong, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences; Professor of Biology
Office: T-211C Clayton Hall
Phone: (678) 466-4778
E-mail: MichelleFurlong@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/mfurlong
Research Interest(s): Microbial ecology, pedagogy and instructional biology related to course-embedded research

Glanton


Shannon N. Glanton, M.D.

Position: Lecturer in Biology
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E-mail: ShannonGlanton@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/mfurlong
About Dr. Glanton: She is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and Masters of Science degree in Molecular Biology with the designation of magna cum laude. Dr. Glanton received her medical doctorate from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Glanton’s current interests are focused on public health which she is currently attempting to expand in the near future


Dr. Stephen Kluszka


Stephen Klusza, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: LDSC 135
Phone: (678) 466-4700
E-mail: StephenKluszka@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/SKlusza   

About Dr. Klusza: He is a developmental geneticist who received both his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Sciences at Florida State University.  After graduation, he performed research in fruit fly epigenetics as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As an incoming Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Klusza wishes to establish fruit fly genetic research at Clayton State University and create new fly reagents to expand the use of fruit flies as teaching tools in biology curriculums.  In addition, he is also interested in creating low/no-cost educational resources with ADA compliance to increase accessibility in education for all students.  In his spare time, he also does scientific outreach with neighboring communities and advocates for disability representation in STEM.

Dr. Chris Kodani

Christopher H. Kodani, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor of Biology
Office: LDSC 135A
Phone: (678) 466-4782
E-mail:ChristopherKodani@clayton.edu
Website:https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/ckodani
Research Interest(s): Dr. Kodani’s research interests include ecology and natural history, and although his past projects have centered on terrestrial mammals, his research interests are expanding to include aquatic ecosystems. In the early 1990’s, he studied the home range and diet of the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) in the chaparral-covered hills of Southern California. This involved both radio-tracking, and scatology. Moving to Illinois, in the late 1990’s, he studied the effects of soil nitrogen and meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) herbivory on the plant biomass of a restored tallgrass prairie. Since joining Clayton State University's Department of Natural Sciences in 2001, Dr. Kodani has become interested in stream ecology. He is a volunteer stream monitor and trainer for Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, and in 2014 was awarded the Legacy Trainer Award.

Ms. Renee McFarlane

Renee E. McFarlane, M.S.

Position: Senior Lecturer in Biology
Office: LDSC 135B
Phone: (678) 466-4790
E-mail:ReneeMcFarlane@clayton.edu
Website:https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/rmcfarla
Research Interest(s): As a medical microbiologist, my main area of research is Biofilms. Problems arise in the medical field trying to treat biofilms in cystic fibrosis patients and indwelling medical devices such as catheters. For the past two years, most of my research studies focused on the control of biofilm formation. Currently, my research focus is studying the effects of quorum sensing inhibitors (chemically and naturally) on biofilm forming bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Dr. Guy Melvin


Paul D. Melvin III, Ph.D.

Position: Department Chair of Biology; Associate Professor of Biology
Office: LDSC 135C
Phone: (678) 466-4789
E-mail: PaulMelvin@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/pmelvin
Research Interest(s): Environmental estrogens, endocrine disruptors, and tropical littorinid periwinkle ecology

Dr. Barbara Musolf


Barbara E. Musolf, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor of Biology
Office: LDSC 135H
Phone: (678) 466-4797
E-mail: Barbara Musolf@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/bmusolf
Research Interest(s): I am interested in neurobiological systems and behaviors. Currently I mentor students who study oviposition and mating behavior in Callosobruchus maculatus. I also mentor students who study social behavior in the red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkiii. As a former Montessori teacher, I have retained an interest in how humans learn and so I now study and try to implement more effective pedagogical techniques in the classroom.

Dr. Fran Norflus


Francine N. Norflus, Ph.D.

Position: Professor of Biology
Office: LDSC 135E
Phone: (678) 466-4852
E-mail: FrancineNorflus@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/fnorflus
Research Interest(s): C. elegans, Genetics, Behavior, Aging, Pedagogy

 
 
 
Padin-Irizarry

Vivian Padin-Irizarry, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: 
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E-mail: vivianpadin-irizarry@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/VivianPadin-Irizarry
About Dr. Padin-Irizarry: She is a microbiologist with an interest in the molecular biology of parasites.  She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Puerto Rico.  Her research area focuses on elucidating pathways associated with drug resistance and discovering new treatments in the parasite that causes malaria, Plasmodium falciparum.  Her previous research at the University of Georgia focused on the genetic mutation   C580Y associated with artemisinin drug resistance, the current first line of treatment. 

 
Dr. Ann Showalter
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ann M. Showalter, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: LDSC 135K
Phone: (678) 466-4771
E-mail: AnnShowalter@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/ashowalter
Research Interest(s): Aquatic Community Ecology, Ecological Stoichiometry, Dragonflies and Damselflies, Predator-Prey Interactions, Nutrient Cycling

 

     Michael Sitvarin, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: 
Phone: 
E-mail: MichaelSitvarin@clayton.edu
Website: https://facultyprofiles.clayton.edu/faculty/MichaelSitvarin
About Dr. Sitvarin: He earned a B.S. in biology from Muhlenberg College, where he studied the distribution of periodical cicadas and the biology of subtidal kleptoparasitic snails.  He later earned a Ph.D in zoology from Miami University, with studies focused on the behavioral ecology of predator-prey interactions among spiders and other arthropods.  During post-doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky, he used molecular gut content analysis to understand food web dynamics in forest and agricultural ecosystems.  Before joining the faculty at Clayton State University, he was a lecturer at Georgia State University where he taught introductory and upper-level courses in the Department of Biology.


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Full-Time Staff

 

Cheryl Rainey

Position: Administrative Assistant
Office: LDSC 135
Phone: (678) 466-4770

 
Amber Hightower

Amber Hightower

Position: Laboratory Technician
Office: LAB 116D
Phone: (678) 466-4799
E-mail: AmberHightower@clayton.edu

 
Khem Tan

Boey Kheem Tan, Ph.D.

Position: Biology Lab Manager & Safety Officer
Office: LAB 116E
Phone: (678) 466-4856
E-mail: BoeyTan@clayton.edu

Part-Time Faculty

Marcus Collins, M.S.
E-mail: MarcusCollins@clayton.edu

Nikki Sawyer, Ph.D.
E-mail:
NikkiSawyer@clayton.edu 

Emeriti Faculty

Helen Brown, Ph.D.
Position: Professor Emerita of Biology

Rebecca Halyard, Ph.D.
Position: Professor Emerita of Biology

O.C. Lam, Ph.D.
Position: Professor Emeritus of Biology

Miriam P. Perry, Ph.D.
Position: Professor Emerita of Biology