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Natural Sciences & Engineering Faculty


Biology Faculty

Laura Bannan HeadshotLaura Bannan, M.S.
Senior Instructor of Biology


Office: Smith 222
Phone: 864-503-5729


 


Bradley BaumgarnerBradley Baumgarner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 211
Phone: 864-503-7432

Research Interests:
Molecular Physiology  


Kim BrewittKim Brewitt, Ph.D
Instructor of Biology


Office: Smith 211
Phone: 864-503-5218




Jeannie ChapmanJeannie Chapman, Ph.D.
Chair of NSE
Associate Professor of Biology


Office: Smith 215
Phone: 864-503-5768

Research Interests:
Cancer Biology
Use of Technology in the Classroom


Vince ConnorsVince Connors, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology 

Office: Smith 229 
Phone: 864-503-5780 

Research Interests: 
Immunobiology of Schistosoma mansoni 
Estuarine Fish Parasites   


David FerrisDavid Ferris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 305
Phone: 864-503-5685
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Ecological Modeling
Ecology of Introduced Species  


Kathleen FerrisKathleen Ferris, M.S.
Senior Instructor of Biology
Director, Microbiology Laboratory


Office: Smith 306
Phone: 864-503-5842




George LabanickGeorge Labanick, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 309
Phone: 864-503-5707

Research Interests:
Mimicry in Southern Appalachian Salamanders  


Benjamin MontgomeryBenjamin Montgomery, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 315
Phone: 864-503-5764
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Pollination biology
Plant evolutionary ecology  


Melissa PilgrimMelissa Pilgrim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Director of Research

Office: Smith 307, Administration 222A
Phone: 864-503-5781, 864-503-5457
Center for Research and Scholarship Support

Research Interests:
Stable Isotopes as Tracers in Living Systems
Climate Change Biology
Life History Evolution   


Kim ShorterKim Shorter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 218
Phone: 864-503-5716





Julie Smoak, M.S.
Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 219 
Phone: 864-503-5725


 


Jonathan StormJonathan Storm, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 223
Phone: 864-503-5753
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Chemically-mediated predator-prey interactions
Mammalian Ecology  


Melissa StormMelissa Storm, M.S. 
Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 308 
Phone: 864-503-5710



 


Jack TurnerJack Turner, Ph.D.
Director, Watershed Ecology Center

Office: Smith 318
Phone: 864-503-5711
Watershed Ecology Center

 


Ginny WebbGinny Webb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology


Office: Smith 313
Phone: 864-503-5976

Courses Taught:
Microbiology (BIOL 330)
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)


Chemistry Faculty

Chris BenderChris Bender, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair of NSE
Associate Professor of Chemistry


Office: Smith 415
Phone: 864-503-5755
Personal Web Page

Research Interests:
Synthesis and Properties of Nanoparticles
Materials Science
Forensic Analytical Chemistry (Non-Biochemistry)


Sarah CaldwellSarah Caldwell, Ph.D.
Instructor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 405A
Phone: 864-503-5928 


 


Judy KruegerJudy Krueger, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor of Chemistry


Office: Smith 414
Phone: 864-503-5712
Personal Web Page

 


Rick KruegerRick Krueger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry


Office: Smith 406
Phone: 864-503-5714
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Binding of the endocrine peptide ACTH 


Lisa LeverLisa Lever, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 409
Phone: 864-503-5713
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Collaborative learning in physical chemistry 
Physical chemistry/spectroscopy


Anselm OmoikeAnselm Omoike, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 408
Phone: 864-503-5756

Research Interests:
Analytical and Environmental Applications of Magnetic Nanomaterials
Interactions of Nanoparticles with Biofilms
Biotransformation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals  


Astrid RosarioAstrid Rosario, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry


Office: Smith 405
Phone: 864-503-5738
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Physical and Kinetic Measurements of Crosslinked Polymer Systems 
Investigations of High Performance Polymeric Nanocomposites   


Joshua RuppelJoshua Ruppel, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 407 
Phone: (864) 503-5720

Research Interests: 
Metalloporphyrin Catalyzed Atom/Group Transfer Reactions
   


 

Engineering Technology Management Faculty

Tim EllisTim Ellis, M.S.
Program Coordinator
Engineering Technology Management


Office: UCG 104
Phone: 864-552-4235



 

Geology Faculty

Briget DoyleBriget Doyle, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Geology

Office: Smith 221 
Phone: 864-503-5737

Research Interests: 
Engineering geology, environmental geology 
Geologic and human-induced hazards and their impacts to infrastructure and society   


 

Physics & Astronomy Faculty

Andy LeonardiAndy Leonardi, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor of Physics

Office: Smith 228
Phone: 864-503-5708  

 


John RileyJohn Riley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics

Office: Smith 227
Phone: 864-503-5775

Research Interests:
Large Scale (Gigapixel) Mosaic Imaging
Photographic Virtual Reality
Robotic Control of Image Acquisition  


 

Natural Sciences & Engineering Adjunct Faculty

Biology
Dr. Jay Brown
Ms. Carol Broadus
Ms. Sarah Campbell
Ms. Ariel Carter
Dr. Ed Donovan
Dr. Jennifer Gruhn
Dr. Scott Lawson
Ms. Sylvia Moore  
Dr. Michanna Talley
Ms. Bonnie Webster
Dr. Peggy Yo

Chemistry  
Dr. Veena Kunnummel
Mr. Chad Mueller
Dr. Isabel Nunez

Mr. Dinesh Patel

ETM
Mr. John Davis
Mr. Phil McCreight

Geology
Dr. Lyle Campbell
Mr. Phil Carter

 


 

Natural Sciences & Engineering Staff

Lisa MillerLisa Miller, B.A.
NSE Administrative Assistant

Office: Smith 215
Phone: 864-503-5725

 

 


Laura WalkerLaura Walker, B.S.
Laboratory Manager

Office: Smith 225     
Phone: 864-503-5921

 


Peggy Yo, M.D. 
Laboratory Assistant

Office: Smith 208     
Phone: 864-503-5245

Division Chair
Jeannie Chapman, Ph.D.
Phone: 864-503-5768

Administrative Assistant
Lisa Miller
Phone: 864-503-5725

Resources
Degree Completion Worksheets
Suggested Plans of Study
USC Upstate Herbarium
Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont
Watershed Ecology Center
Laboratory Safety 

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Horace C. Smith Building, Room 215
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5725
Fax: 864-503-5366

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