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Biology & Society MS/PhD Program Faculty

Program Directors

Name
Karin Ellison
Administrative Professional

Ellison's research and teaching focus on research ethics and ethics education. She directs the School of Life Science Ethics Program, is an editor for the Online Ethics Center (onlineethics.org), and serves on the APPE board.

480-727-7111
LSC 270
Jane Maienschein
Regents’ Professor, President’s Professor and University Professor

Maienschein and her team research embryology, genetics, and cell biology. She specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society.

480-965-6105
LSC 284

Biology and Society

Biology (Biology and Society) (PhD)

Within the biology and society degree programs, students may choose a formal concentration in the areas where biology...

Program Faculty

Name
Expertise
Debra Baluch
Associate Research Scientist

Baluch oversees the W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory in the School of Life Sciences. Her research is focused on studying the behavior of cells and tissue using advanced microscopy techniques.

480-727-0725
ASU/School of Life Sciences 427 E Tyler Mall
Sara Brownell
Assistant Professor

Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher, who teaches undergraduate biology while studying biology education.

Matthew Chew
Instructor

Matt Chew is an instructor of biology and society courses at ASU. He conducts a field course in 'novel ecosystems' and lectures on the 'history of biology.'

480-965-8422
LSA 252
James Collins
Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment

Collins is an evolutionary ecologist whose research group studies the role of host-pathogen interactions in species decline and extinction, as well as ecological ethics.

480-965-4578
LSC 402
Richard Creath
President's Professor

Creath is a philosopher of science who uses historical methods to study fundamental questions about the role of logic, mathematics, scientific methods and even philosophy within science.

480-965-6270
LSC 274
Karin Ellison
Administrative Professional

Ellison's research and teaching focus on research ethics and ethics education. She directs the School of Life Science Ethics Program, is an editor for the Online Ethics Center (onlineethics.org), and serves on the APPE board.

480-727-7111
LSC 270
Nico Franz
Professor

Franz is an insect systematist who specializes in New World weevil diversity and evolution. He curates the Hasbrouck Insect Collection and directs the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC).

480-965-2036
Natural History Collections, Alameda Building AB 145
Leah Gerber
Professor; Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

480-727-3109
LSA 212
Nancy Grimm
Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology; Senior Sustainability Scientist

Grimm is an ecosystem scientist who studies desert streams and cities and their resilience to extreme events.

480-965-4735
LSA 316
Ben Hurlbut
Associate Professor

Hurlbut is trained in the history of modern biomedical and life sciences. His research lies at the intersection of science and technology studies, bioethics and political theory.

Ann Kinzig
Professor

Kinzig looks at how humans shape and influence their natural environments and what this means for human health and Earth's ecosystems. Her work focuses on ecosystem services and the resilience of natural-resource systems.

480-965-6838
LSA 124
Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor

Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is the co-director of the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and associate director of ASU's Origins Project,

480-965-5481
LSA 256
Jane Maienschein
Regents’ Professor, President’s Professor and University Professor

Maienschein and her team research embryology, genetics, and cell biology. She specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society.

480-965-6105
LSC 284
Ben Minteer
Professor

Minteer is an environmental ethicist and conservation scholar who writes on species extinction, wilderness, zoos, and the evolution of American environmental thought and practice.

480-965-4632
LSA 262
Charles Perrings
Professor

Perrings is co-director of School of Life Sciences Ecoservices Group—a group researching the interactions between society and the biophysical environment.

480-727-0472
LSA 127
Kathleen Pigg
Professor

Pigg is a paleobotanist who studies fossil plants that are related to modern groups of conifers, ferns and woody hardwood trees. Her group studies the origin of plants of the temperate deciduous biome.

480-965-3154
LSE 744 Arizona State University
Stephen Pyne
Regents Professor

Pyne teaches courses on fire, the history exploration and science, and nonfiction writing. He is a world-renowned expert on fire and the history of fire.

480-965-4092
LSA 220
Jason Robert
Center Dir (ACD) & Asc Profsr

Jason Robert holds the Lincoln Chair in Ethics and is director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. A bioethicist and philosopher of biology, he is also Dean's Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences.

480-727-2460
Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU MC 9230, 111 E Taylor St, Ste 293
Beckett Sterner
Assistant Professor

Sterner studies how mathematics is transforming biology. Topics include: biodiversity data aggregation, evolution of biological individuality, evolutionary tempo and mode, and methodology in systematic biology.

480-727-7881
Center for Biology and Society PO Box 873301
Juliet Stromberg
Associate Professor

Stromberg is a plant ecologist and botanist who specializes in riparian and wetland ecosystems.

602-592-8643
LSE 717
Melissa Wilson Sayres
Asst Professor

Wilson Sayres is a computational evolutionary biologist studying sex-biased processes including human and non-human health and disease.