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Graduate Student Alumni

Beverly J. Brown (Ph.D., 1999)


Dr. Beverly Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. In addition to her teaching duties, Dr. Brown is responsible for the renovation of the college greenhouse. She is currently researching the impact of invasive species on pollination and reproduction of native plants. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and literature at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She also holds a master's degree in Urban Studies and Planning from Antioch University/West in Seattle, a master's in Biology from the University of Akron and a doctorate in Ecology from Kent State University.


Joe B. Keiper (Ph.D., 1998)


Dr. Keiper (B.S., Bloomfield College, 1991; M.S., Slippery Rock University, 1993) received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1998. Dr. Benjamin A. Foote was his advisor. Dr. Keiper examined the biology, morphology, and coexistence of microcaddis flies (Trichoptera: Hydroptilidae). Dr. Keiper was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Riverside, Department of Entomology. Dr. Keiper is currently Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History.


Lisa Mehlmann (B.S., 1991 and Ph.D., 1996)


Dr. Mehlmann received her B.S. in Zoology in 1991 from Kent State University and went on to receive a Ph.D. in 1996. Her dissertation dealt with the role of calcium in the activation of the egg to begin development at fertilization. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Center in the Department of Physiology. She received a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship and continues to focus on egg activation.


Courtenay N. Willis (Ph.D. 1996)

Dr. Courtenay Willis (B.S. University of Florida, M.S. Ohio State University) received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1996. For her dissertation, she studied the adaptive function of intraspecific nest parasitism in wood ducks under the guidance of Lowell Orr and David Waller. Currently, she and her "brood" of graduate and undergraduate students are investigating factors that influence nest-site selection in little brown birds known as acadian flycatchers. Dr. Willis is Assistant Professor of Biology at Youngstown State University, Ohio and enjoys being a Penguin.


Sara J. Heggland (Ph.D. 1995)


Dr. Heggland (B.S., University of Minnesota) received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1995. Her dissertation research focused on the regulation of steroidogenesis in adult mouse Leydig cells. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Norbert College in DePere Wisconsin.


Soon-Jin Hwang (Ph.D., 1995)


Soon-Jin Hwang received his Ph.D. degree in 1995 under the guidance of Dr. Robert T. Heath. He did the dissertation work in Lake Erie and its connected coastal area on the carbon dynamics of plankton communities, especially on the significance of the microbial food web components (including bacteria, picophytoplankton, protists, and small zooplankton) for higher trophic levels. He moved down to Florida after Ph.D. work, and worked in South Florida Water Management District for his postdoctoral work. He worked there on the competitive interactions for the phosphorus cycling between benthic and planktonic communities including periphytic and planktonic assemblages in Lake Okeechobee and its marvelous littoral marsh zone, with co-direction by Drs. Alan Steinman and Karl Havens. After his two year's postdoctoral work, he went back to Korea and got a senior researcher position in Water & Environment Research Center (WERC) of Kyonggi provincial government. He worked in WERC on several research projects, including drinking water pollution, lake eutrophication, and river restoration, and he also participated in making some environmental policies for the local government. Finally, he settled down in the academia. He has become an assistant professor in the graduate school, Department of Agricultural Engineering of Kunkuk University in Seoul. Dr. Hwang is working on several projects, and his research interest includes plankton structure and community function, restoration of lakes and reservoirs, wetland biogeochemistry, and phosphorus dynamics in lakes and rivers.


Andrew I. Korytko (Ph.D., 1994)


Dr. Korytko (B.S. 1987; M.S. 1989) received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1994. His dissertation research examined the effects of short photoperiod on the GnRH neuronal system of white-footed mice in the lab of Dr. James L. Blank. Dr. Korytko began post-doctoral training at Case Western Reserve University in 1994. There, his research dealt with developmental regulation of somatotroph function. He was promoted to Instructor of Pediatrics in 1996 and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 1999. Dr. Korytko's current research focuses on the regulation and function of somatotroph G-protein coupled receptors and intracellular signaling pathways.


Kristina Stanfield (M.S., 1994)


Kristina Stanfield (B.A., 1991 University of Rochester) received her M.S. from Kent State University in 1994. Her graduate work examined the development and interaction of circadian rhythmicity and reproductive function of Siberian hamsters in the lab of Dr. Teresa Horton. In 1995, she accepted a position with Dr. J.L. Jameson at Northwestern Medical School to develop several transgenic mouse models of endocrine disease. She is currently research Investigator at G.D. Searle/Monsanto where she directs non-routine studies in the anti-inflammatory field and provides method development support in the Clinical Pathology department.


Jefferey W. Clemens (Ph.D. 1990)


Dr. Clemens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Duquesne University. His research involves the hormonal factors, intracellular signaling pathways, and molecular mechanisms regulating ovarian androgen receptors.


Jeremy Montague (M.S., 1976)


Dr. Montague studied under Dr. Lowell Orr during 1974-1976; his Kent research concerned the embryonic and larval development of salamanders. He also served as a graduate teaching assistant under Dr. Adam Cibula. Dr. Montague went on to receive his Ph.D. in Biology from Syracuse University (1983); his research concerned the evolutionary ecology of the flower-breeding Drosophila of Hawaii. His field work was completed in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island during 1978-1980. Dr. Montague is now Professor of Biology at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL (1983-present).