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Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty

Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty

Joel Babitzke

Joel Babitzke, M.S.

Instructor of Biology

"I believe every person, regardless of their disciple is a scientist. Many students are unaware they already use science to solve problems and make decisions. When students finally recognize the connection of science to their everyday life....'an angel gets their wings!'"

jbabitzke@wtamu.edu
Joel Babitzke's Bio

 Gary Barbee

Dr. Gary Barbee

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Louis Pasteur said “In matters of observation chance favors only the prepared mind”… in matters of education I prefer a slightly modified version of Pasteur’s famous quote, “Opportunity favors only the prepared mind”. Throughout life we are presented with opportunities, but it is only the educated, well-prepared mind that has the ability to recognize the opportunities and make the most of them.

gbarbee@wtamu.edu
Dr. Barbee's Bio

Dr. Douglas Bingham

Dr. Douglas Bingham

Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering,
Professor of Biology

"Microbiology is a joy to teach. It has application in sickness and health, in our diet, in social interactions, in energy production, in food production, and just about every other aspect of our lives."

dbingham@wtamu.edu
Dr. Bingham's Bio

Dr. Carolyn Bourna

Dr. Carolyn Bouma

Associate Professor of Biology

"I love science!  It's fascinating to learn how cells work, and microbiology is particularly interesting because bacteria are so important in our world! As Louis Pasteur said, 'The influence of the very small is very great.' Students in microbiology learn about more than just "germs"—they become engaged in the role of microorganisms in humans, animals and the environment. (And sometimes they even get to be on TV!)"

cbouma@wtamu.edu  
Dr. Bouma's Bio

Dr. Donna Byers

Dr. Donna Byers

Assistant Professor of Biology

“We all begin our lives as a single cell – isn’t that amazing? And the inner operations of a single cell are like a micro-universe of complexity that we are still exploring. Life, health, disease and death all are controlled at this level. Understanding more about that complexity, and conveying it with the same enthusiasm to my students at WTAMU is my passion as a teacher, because these students are our future healers and scientists.”

byers@wtamu.edu
Dr. Byers' Bio

Dr. Joe Cepeda

Dr. Joe Cepeda

Professor of Geology

"The best part of being a geologist is the combination of field work, lab work and library work that the discipline requires. Students that enroll in my classes can expect to learn to appreciate the geologic landscapes of the Texas Panhandle and the western United States."

jcepeda@wtamu.edu
Dr. Cepeda's Bio

Dr. Nabarun Ghosh

Dr. Nabarun Ghosh

Professor of Biology

"The best thing about working at West Texas A&M is that it allows excellent interaction between the teacher and the taught."

nghosh@wtamu.edu
Dr. Ghosh's Bio
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Dr. Naruki Hiranuma

Assistant Professor of Biology

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smoon@wtamu.edu 
Dr. Hiranuma's Bio

Stephen Karaganis

Dr. Stephen P. Karaganis

Assistant Professor

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” --Benjamin Franklin.

skaraganis@wtamu.edu
Dr. Karaganis' Bio

 

Dr. Richard Kazmaier

Associate Professor of Biology

rkazmaier@wtamu.edu
Dr. Kazmaier's Bio

Dr. J. Rex Lee

Dr. J. Rex Lee

Assistant Professor of Biology

"Teaching at West Texas A&M University is truly a unique environment, where one not only obtains a quality education but one which also allows me the opportunity to recognize and engage each student on an individual basis. My students can expect a teacher who hopes to instill that biology is not only the miracle of life but that scientific discovery is not just to be taught and learned, but rather, is a dynamic and experiential process."

jlee@wtamu.edu  
Dr. Lee's Bio

 

Cynthia Meador

Cynthia Meador

Instructor of Biology

"Science is exciting to me because it provides insight to the workings of the natural world.  Students in my classes learn about the interaction between all disciplines of science as it is paramount to the understanding of the complexity and diversity of life. My mentors encouraged me to help my students learn the process of doing science by seeking answers to questions.  Experiencing that excitement ignite in my students continues to keep me in the classroom!"

cmeador@wtamu.edu
Cindy Meador's Bio

Dr. Ray Matlack

Dr. Ray Matlack

Professor of Biology

"Teaching courses in wildlife biology provides a unique opportunity to interact with students outside of the classroom.  Field trips are a part of many of my classes and many of these trips last several days to weeks and camping is required.  In addition to this, interested students accompany me to the field to collect data for my research.  The opportunity to get students in the field and involved in hands-on activities is one of the most rewarding parts of my job."

rmatlack@wtamu.edu
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Dr. W. Jim Rogers

Dr. W. Jim Rogers

Professor of Environmental Science

"Environmental science is a new and exciting field.  I challenge my students to use their integrated science backgrounds, teaming and problem solving skills to address complex local and international environmental issues."

jrogers@wtamu.edu
Dr. Roger's Bio

Dr. Gerald Schultz

Dr. Gerald Schultz

Professor of Geology

"I chose geology (and paleontology) as my profession because it is a multifaceted, dynamic and ever-changing field.  There is so much variety.  I can do outdoor field work, indoor lab and museum work and I can share my knowledge and enthusiasm with University students at all levels in a diversity of courses."

gschultz@wtamu.edu
Dr. Schulltz's Bio

Dr. W. David Sissom

Dr. W. David Sissom

Department Head, Professor of Biology

"Given the current trends in the loss of biodiversity and other environmental issues, I believe it is important that students become more knowledgeable about the natural world. Most of my classes are geared toward providing the student with an understanding of the diversity of animals—especially those important, but often neglected, invertebrates that represent the overwhelming majority of animal species."

dsissom@wtamu.edu  
Dr. Sissom's Bio

 

 Dr. Rocky Ward

Dr. Rocky Ward

Associate Professor of Biology

"I chose conservation genetics as my field of study because it allows me to make a contribution to the management of endangered, threatened, and at-risk species. These organisms are, by definition, threatened with loss of biological and genetic integrity. The research I do assists the resource biologist to develop intelligent, informed plans for the scientific management of the plants and animals he or she is responsible for. The species benefit and I am able to play a role in a committed, dedicated team of conservation biologists."

rward@wtamu.edu  
Dr. Ward's Bio