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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

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 101)
Introductory Biology II (BIOL 102)
General Biology (BIOL 110)
Microbiology (BIOL 330)

 


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

Office: Smith 211
Phone: 864-503-7432

Research Interests:
Molecular Physiology

Courses Taught:
Human Physiology (BIOL 242)
Comparative Animal Physiology (BIOL 360)

 


Kim BrewittKim Brewitt, Ph.D
Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 211
Phone: 864-503-5716

Courses Taught:
Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 243)

 


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

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 101)
Intro to Cell & Molecular Biology (BIOL 302) 
Molecular Cell Biology (BIOL 550) 
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)

 


Vince ConnorsVince Connors, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology 

Office: Smith 229 
Phone: 864-503-5780 

Research Interests: 
Immunobiology of Schistosoma mansoni 
Estuarine Fish Parasites 

Courses Taught: 
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 101)
Introductory Biology II (BIOL 102)
General Biology (BIOL 110)
Field Ornithology (BIOL 305) 
Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL 310) 
Parasitology (BIOL 531) 
Immunology (BIOL 540) 
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)

 


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

Courses Taught:
Human Biology & Society (BIOL 240)
Environmental Science (BIOL 270)
Human Physiology (BIOL 242)
Pathophysiology (BIOL 370)
Principles of Ecology (BIOL 570)
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)

 


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

Office: Smith 306
Phone: 864-503-5842

Courses Taught:
Microbiology Lab (BIOL 330L)

 

 


George LabanickGeorge Labanick, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 309
Phone: 864-503-5707

Research Interests:
Mimicry in Southern Appalachian Salamanders

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 101) 
Genetics and Society (BIOL 206)
Genetics (BIOL 350) 
Developmental Biology (BIOL 507) 
Animal Behavior (BIOL 534) 
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)
University 101 (UNIV 101) 

 


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

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

Research Interests:
Pollination biology
Plant evolutionary ecology

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 101) 
General Botany (BIOL 320) 
Plant Taxonomy (BIOL 525)

 


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 

Courses Taught:
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 301)
Human Physiology (BIOL 242)
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)

 


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

Office: Smith 208
Phone: 864-503-5218

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 101)

 


Julie Smoak, M.S.
Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 219 
Phone: 864-503-5725

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology II (BIOL 102)
General Biology (BIOL 110)
Intro to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 301)

 


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

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 101)
Introductory Biology II (BIOL 102)
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIOL 315)
Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 375)

 


Melissa StormMelissa Storm, M.S. 
Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 308 
Phone: 864-503-5710

Courses Taught:
Human Anatomy (BIOL 232)
Human Physiology (BIOL 242

 


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.
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)

Courses Taught:
Fundamental Chemistry I (CHEM 101)
General Chemistry I (CHEM 111)
General Chemistry/Qualitative Analysis (CHEM 112)
Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 511)

 


Sarah CaldwellSarah Caldwell, Ph.D.
Instructor of Chemistry

Courses Taught:
Chemistry of Living Things (CHEM 109)
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 331)
Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 332)  

 


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

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

Courses Taught:
Fundamental Chemistry I (CHEM 101)
Chemistry of Living Things (CHEM 109)

 


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

Courses Taught:
Chemistry of Living Things (CHEM 109) 
General Chemistry/Qualitative Analysis (CHEM 112) 
Biochemistry I (CHEM 581) 
Biochemistry II (CHEM 582)
Junior Seminar (CHEM 397)
Senior Seminar (CHEM 599) 

 


Lisa LeverLisa Lever, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair of NSE
Professor of Chemistry

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

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

Courses Taught: 
General Chemistry I (CHEM 111)
General Chemistry/Qualitative Analysis (CHEM 112) 
Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 541) 
Physical Chemistry II (CHEM 542)

 


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

Courses Taught: 
General Chemistry (CHEM 111)
General Chemistry/ Qualitative Analysis (CHEM 112)
Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 321) 
Instrumental Methods of Analysis (CHEM 522)

 


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 

Courses Taught: 
Chemistry of Living Things (CHEM 109) 
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 331) 
Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 332) 
Polymer Chemistry (CHEM 534)

 


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

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

Research Interests: 
Metalloporphyrin Catalyzed Atom/Group Transfer Reactions 

Courses Taught: 
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 331) 
Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 332)
Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM 561)

 


 

Engineering Technology Management Faculty

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

Office: UCG 104
Phone: 864-552-4235

Courses Taught:
Engineering Cost Analysis (ETMG 320)
Engineering Work Analysis (ETMG 330)
System Decision Making (ETMG 370)
Engineering Teams Theory and Practice (ETMG 410)
Quality Practices (ETMG 415)
Engineering Project Management (ETMG 420)
Senior Seminar (ETMG 499)


 

 Geology Faculty

Briget DoyleBriget Doyle, Ph. D
Assistant 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 

Courses Taught: 
Physical Geology (GEOL 101) 
Environmental Earth Science (GEOL 103)
Natural Disasters (GEOL 104)

 


 

Physics & Astronomy Faculty

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

Office: Smith 228
Phone: 864-503-5708

Courses Taught:
Descriptive Astronomy (ASTR 111)
Introduction to Physical Science (PHYS 101)
General Physics I (PHYS 201)

 


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

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Physical Science (PHYS 101)
General Physics I (PHYS 201)
General Physics II (PHYS 202)
Essentials of Physics I (PHYS 211)
Essentials of Physics II (PHYS 212)

 


 

Natural Sciences & Engineering Adjunct Faculty

Biology
Dr. Jay Brown
Ms. Carol Broadus
Dr. Ed Donovan
Dr. Scott Lawson
Ms. Sylvia Moore  
Dr. Michanna Talley
Dr. Peggy Yo

Chemistry  
Ms. Alice Claggett
Dr. Isabel Nunez
Mr. Dinesh Patel

Geology
Dr. Lyle Campbell
Mr. Phil Carter

 

Natural Sciences & Engineering Staff

Lisa MillerLisa Miller
NSE Administrative Assistant

Office: Smith 215
Phone: 864-503-5725

 

 


Laura WalkerLaura Walker
Laboratory Manager

Office: Smith 225     
Phone: 864-503-5921

 

 


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

Administrative Assistant
Lisa Miller
Phone: 864-503-5725

Resources
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Suggested Plans of Study
USC Upstate Herbarium
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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