Faculty Profiles

Biology Department Faculty contact and bio information


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Dr. Peter Cavnar

  • Position: Department Chair, Associate Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 104A

Peter Cavnar's research seeks to understand how defects in basic cell biology processes will result in disease pathogenesis.

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Dr. Wayne Bennett

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 104H

Dr. Wayne Bennett is a Professor of Marine Biology specializing in Physiological Ecology or the study of animal adaptation to environment.

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Dr. Jane Caffrey

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Biology/CEDB
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62D

Dr. Jane M. Caffrey, a Professor in UWF’s Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB), has several research interests.

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Dr. Hui-Min Chung

  • Position: Associate Chair and Associate Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62C

Dr. Hui-Min Chung is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biology and Coordinator of the Graduate Program.

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Dr. Kari Clifton

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58A, Room 218

Dr. Kari B. Clifton, a Lecturer in Biology, has a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Science from the University of Florida, where her work centered on mechanical properties and testing of bone.

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Dr. Philip Darby

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62H

Dr. Phil Darby earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida, and his research focuses on the population ecology and life history of wetland-dependent fauna.

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Dr. Jeanetta Floyd

  • Position: Instructor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 60

Dr. Jeanetta Floyd, an Instructor, earned a Ph.D. in

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Dr. Theodore Fox

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62A

Dr. Theodore Fox, an Associate Professor, earned a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Maryland and both a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Dayton.

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Dr. Frank Gilliam

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62J

Dr. Frank Gilliam, a Professor, earned his Ph.D. from Duke University and previously worked at Marshall University for 28 years teaching courses in ecology and plant ecology.

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Dr. Rodney Guttmann

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 104F

Dr. Rodney Guttmann has a PH.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Dr. Alexis Janosik

  • Position: Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 104G

Dr. Alexis Janosik is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Biology; her research focuses on molecular ecology and evolution of invertebrates and fishes.

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Dr. Wade Jeffrey

  • Position: Director of CEDB, Distinguished University Professor of Biology, Director of Reubin O'D. Askew Institute of Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Department: Biology/CEDB/AIMS
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 70

Dr. Wade Jeffrey has a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida, a M.S. in Marine Science from USF and a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech.

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Dr. Joe Lepo

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62G

Dr. Joe Eugene Lepo is Professor of Microbiology in the Biology Department and conducts research within the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB) at UWF, where he also is Director of the Wetlands Research Laboratory.

Piacenza, Susan

Dr. Susan Piacenza

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62E

Dr. Susan Piacenza is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, and her research uses quantitative methods to provide solutions for marine conservation problems.

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Dr. Christopher Pomory

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62B

Dr. Christopher M. Pomory is researching physiology, behavior, and ecology of invertebrates, especially marine invertebrates, with a focus on response to stress in the environment.

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Dr. Karen Pritchard

  • Position: Instructor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 104D

Dr. Molly Karen Pritchard, an Instructor in the Department of Biology, holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Georgia.

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Dr. Jim Spain

  • Position: Research Professor
  • Department: Biology/CEDB
  • Office Location:  Building 83, Room 118

Dr. Spain is a research professor with a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Dr. Erica Taylor

  • Position: Instructor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 104B

Dr. Erica Taylor is an Instructor in the Biology Department and Director of the NSF S-STEM Scholars Program for the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering.

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Dr. Scott Taylor

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Biology
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 64

Dr. Taylor has a PH.D. in Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Marine Biology from The University of Tampa. His research focuses on regeneration of neurons in the CNS.

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Dr. Lisa Waidner

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Biology/CEDB
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 62I

Dr. Waidner does research on environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, and bioremediation studies in oceans, coastal waters, inland bays and rivers.

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  • Dr. Charles D'Asaro

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  • Dr. Michelle Jenson

    • Position: Visiting Assistant Professor
    • Department: Biology
    • Office Location: Building 58A, Room 217
    • mjenson@uwf.edu
    • 8504743119
  • Dr. Prerna Masih

    • Position: Visiting Assistant Professor
    • Department: Biology
    • Office Location: Building 58, Room 62F
    • pmasih@uwf.edu
    • 8503752123

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