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!'"
Joel Babitzke's Bio


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!)"
Dr. Bouma's Bio


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."
Dr. Byers' Bio


Dr. Erik Crosman

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Crosman's Bio


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."
Dr. Ghosh's Bio


Dr. Naruki Hiranuma

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." – Albert Einstein
Dr. Hiranuma's Bio
Dr. Hiranuma's CV


Dr. Mark E. Holland

Assistant Professor of Geology

"Don’t expect perfection from geologists. We all have our faults."
Dr. Holland's Bio
Dr. Holland's Personal Page


Dr. Brad Johnson

Assistant Professor of Biology

"The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others."--Theodore Roosevelt
Dr. Johnson's Bio


Dr. Stephen P. Karaganis

Assistant Professor of Biology

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." --Benjamin Franklin.
Dr. Karaganis' Bio


Dr. Richard Kazmaier

Associate Professor of Biology


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."
Dr. Lee's Bio


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."
Dr. Matlack's Bio
Dr. Matlack's Personal Page


Cynthia Meador, M.S.

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!"
Cindy Meador's Bio


Dr. William (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."
Dr. Roger's Bio


Dr. 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."
Dr. Sissom's Bio


Dr. Peter A. Scott

Assistant Professor of Biology

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