Natural & Environmental Sciences Department

Natural & Environmental Sciences encompass a host of disciplines in the life, physical and environmental sciences that seek to understand the natural world. Students conduct original research, explore the vast learning laboratories of the Gunnison Valley and land careers in health care, research, policy, education and more.

Anthropology

Science
Social Sciences

Biochemistry

Pre-Med
Science

Biology

Pre-Med
Science

Chemistry

Science

Environmental Biology & Ecology

Environment
Science

Environmental Science

Environment
Science

Geology

Environment
Science

Petroleum Geology

Science

Physics

Science

Pre-Medicine Cell & Molecular Biology

Pre-Med
Science

Pre-Nursing

Pre-Med
Science

Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Environment
Science

Biology (3+2)

Environment
Science

Directory

Faculty

Kevin Alexander, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, Biology, 1991, Ph.D., University of North Texas, Biology, 1997
Phone: 970.943.3405
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143C
Robin A. Bingham headshot
Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Vermont, M.A., University of Colorado, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Phone: 970.943.3355
Office Location: Hurst Hall 222
Holly  Brunkal, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in Geology
B.A., University of California Santa Cruz, M.S., California State University, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 970.943.2180
Office Location: Hurst Hall 018
Brad Burton, Ph.D. headshot
Rady Chair in Petroleum Geology
B.S., Montana State University, M.S., Idaho State University, Ph.D., University of Wyoming
Phone: 970.943.2252
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16A
James Coogan, Ph.D. headshot
Adjunct Professor of Geology
B.S., College of William and Mary, Ph.D., University of Wyoming
Phone: 970.943.3425
Office Location:
Jonathan Coop, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor
B.A., University of California–Santa Cruz, Biology, 1995, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison, Botany, 2005
Phone: 970.943.2565
Office Location: Kelley Hall 105
Brian Dalton, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in Biology
B.A., Occidental College, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Phone: 970.943.2287
Office Location: Hurst Hall 132
Amy Ellwein headshot
Adjunct Professor in Geology
B.S., University of Minnesota, M.S., University of New Mexico, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Phone:
Office Location:
Robert Fillmore headshot
Professor of Geology
B.A., Western Colorado University, M.S., University of Northern Arizona, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Phone: 970.943.2650
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16B
Peter H. Gauss headshot
Professor of Biology
B.S., St. Joseph’s University , Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Phone: 970.943.2094
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238B
Steve Griggs headshot
Lecturer in Physics
B.A., Western Colorado University, B.S., Fort Hays State University, M.S., Western Governor's University
Phone:
Office Location: Hurst Hall 202
Shan Hays, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Biochemistry, B.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Biology
Phone: 970.943.2552
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238C
Amy Honan headshot
Biology Laboratory Coordinator
B.A., Western Colorado University, M.S., San Francisco State University, Ph.D. candidate , University of Washington, Seattle
Phone: 970.943.2437
Office Location: Hurst Hall 128A
Derek  D. Houston, Ph.D. headshot
Thornton Chair in Biology, Lecturer in Biology
B.S., Brigham Young University, M.S., Brigham Young University, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Phone: 970.943.2269
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143B
David M. Hyde, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in Anthropology, MGES Instructor
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, M.A., Washington State University, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 970.943.2222
Office Location: Hurst Hall 031A
Chris Lee, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor in Biochemistry
B.A., Western Colorado University, Biology, Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia, Biological Sciences
Phone: 970.943.2256
Office Location: Hurst Hall 218
Patrick Magee headshot
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., Colorado State University, Wildlife Biology, M.S., University of Missouri, Wildlife Ecology, Ph.D., University of Missouri, Wildlife Ecology
Phone: 970.943.7121
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143A
David W. Marchetti, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Geology
B.A., State University of New York, College at Geneseo, 1996, M.S., University of Utah, 2002, Ph.D., University of Utah, 2006
Phone: (970) 943-2367
Office Location: Hurst Hall 224
John D. Mason, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Physics
B.A., Colby College, M.S., University of California - Santa Cruz, Ph.D., University of California - Santa Cruz
Phone: 970.943.2142
Office Location: Hurst Hall 116
Emily McMahill, Pharm.D. headshot
Ferchau Lecturer in Biology
B.A., Western Colorado University, Pharm.D., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Phone: 970.943.2311
Office Location: Hurst Hall 225
Jason E. Mullins, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Clemson University, Ph.D., University of Montana
Phone: 970.943.3152
Office Location: Hurst Hall 204
Dale L. Orth, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Chemistry
B.A., Colorado College, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Phone: 970.943.3437
Office Location: Hurst Hall 206
Cassandra L. Osborne, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Biology
B.S., Allegheny College, Ph.D., Dartmouth College
Phone: 970.943.3181
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238A
Elizabeth Petrie, Ph.D. headshot
Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology
B.S., University of New Mexico, Biology, 2000, B.S., University of New Mexico, Earth & Planetary Sciences, 2000, M.S., Utah State University, Geology, 2003, Ph.D., Utah State University, Geology, 2014
Phone: 970.943.2117
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16D
Anne W. Ryter, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Beloit College, 1988, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Inorganic Chemistry, 1993
Phone: 970.943.7098
Office Location: Hurst Hall 208
Jarral W. Ryter, M.S. headshot
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
B.S., Fort Lewis College, M.S., University of Colorado
Phone: 970.943.2875
Office Location: Hurst Hall 217A
Lynn L. Sikkink, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Colorado, M.A., University of Minnesota, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Phone: 970.943.2062
Office Location: Hurst Hall 31C
John Sowell, Ph.D. headshot
Emeritus Professor of Biology
B.S., University of California-Davis, Ph.D., University of Idaho
Phone: 970.943.2063
Office Location:
Mark Stiger, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Colorado, M.A., University of Colorado, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Phone: 970.943.2073
Office Location: Hurst Hall 25B
Allen Stork headshot
Professor of Geology
B.A., Pomona College, Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz
Phone: 970.943.3044
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16C
M. Suzanne Taylor, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Physics
B.S., Linfield College, M.S., University of New Mexico, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Phone: 970.943.2155
Office Location: Hurst Hall 118