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Amanda is currently working to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Where she is studying the behavior of fossil birds as interpreted through their footprints and other traces. Amanda recently traveled to South Korea to study Early Cretaceous bird tracks and has published two papers on fossil bird tracks, one in the journal Palaios and one in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Next, she will study Early Cretaceous fossil birds and bird tracks in China.

"My experience at Lake State, preparing an Undergraduate Thesis and seeing the project through definitely helped prepare me for graduate school. The interaction between the professors and the students at Lake State is far more similar to the interaction between a graduate student and their graduate advisor than the typical undergraduate student / undergraduate advisor rapport; it's much more personalized. It definitely helped prepare me for grad school."

Amanda Falk '07
Biology, minor in Chemistry

Biology

LSSU biology students hard at work
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Qualified and Competitive!

Are you interested in:

  • How humans, other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, fungi, plants, protists, or bacteria work?
  • How these organisms fit together in ecosystems?
  • How we can enhance our beneficial uses of organisms?
  • How we can improve human health?
  • How we can improve environmental quality?
  • Do you want to work indoors, work outdoors, work at the microscopic level, at the global level or at any level in between?

If so, Biology may be for you!

A degree in Biology is one of the more versatile degrees you can get. Here are a few of the Biology careers our program helps prepare you for:

Would you like to:

  • Help protect the health of our communities?
    Then consider a career as a Biomedical Scientist:
    • Doctor,
    • Dentist,
    • Physician’s Assistant,
    • Clinical Lab Technician,
    • Pharmacist,
    • Optometrist,
    • Geneticist,
    • Public Health Officer,
    • Epidemiologist,
    • Veterinarian
  • Help protect our natural heritage for future generations?
    Then consider a career as an Ecologist:
    • Fisheries and Wildlife Scientist,
    • Endangered Species Specialist,
    • Forest Manager,
    • Ecosystems Scientist,
    • Aquatic Ecologist,
    • Marine Biologist,
    • Land Use Planner.
  • Help young people learn biology?
    Then consider a career as a Classroom Teacher:
    • Secondary Ed,
    • Elementary Ed,
    • College/University education.
  • Help build public awareness of biology?
    Then consider a career as an Informal Educator:
    • Tech Writer/Illustrator
    • Zoo/Nature Center Staffer
  • Help unlock the secrets of how organisms develop, grow and live and how ecosystems operate?
    Then consider a career as Research Scientist.


  

"LSSU's Biology program provide rigorous academics, extensive hands-on experience and professional development opportunities that create students who are highly qualified and competitive for jobs and graduate school positions."

--Ashley Moerke
Professor

 


Conservation biology student Harry Dittrich lays out a series of frames that will define biodiversity — and a bit of history — for visitors on a walking tour of Lake Superior's Point Iroquois. Dittrich is a seasonal intern for Julia Slabosheski of the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the historic lighthouse site about 20 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Visitors will learn about wooded, beach, and grassland habitats within the defined volume of five distinct biocubes set up around the lighthouse grounds. The eco-tour will also touch upon how humans have used the area's resources for thousands of years. Dittrich is using this biocube approach, coupled with time-lapse photography, on a separate research project that assesses damage from a 2012 wildfire that burned more than 21,000 acres. Read More... or visit his blog



Lake Superior State University's Fisheries and Wildlife Club has garnered the 2012 Most Active Student Subunit Award from the north central division of the American Fisheries Society for the 6th consecutive year. Gary Whelan, president of the north central division and fish production manager for the Michigan DNR, personally presented the award during a club meeting on March 7. Whelan and club members are shown here with the citation in the Fisheries and Wildlife Club house, one of LSSU's Living, Learning Communities. The AFS north central division stretches from the Rockies to the Appalachians, and from the Arctic Circle to the Mason-Dixon line. It includes six provinces and 12 states. There are 21 student subunits that compete for the award, and all but two of them have graduate programs. These awards are given to student subunits that are very active in fisheries research, education, outreach, and professional development. Shown accepting the award from Whelan are, from left, James VanOrman, Michael Gordon, Nick O'Neil (club secretary), David Lombardi, presenter Gary Whelan, Tyler Jackson (president), Matt Elya (treasurer), Jason Gostiaux (vice president), Addie Dutton, and Jeff Salvin.

Student Research...

Linden, Michigan

Jon assessed algae for potential biodiesel production. Two species were examined, Pediastrum sp. which has never been assessed for the amount of oil it could produce and Chlamydomonas sp., which has a known content of oil for biodiesel. The study found that Pediastrum sp. produced about 5% oil per dry mass compared to 24%. for Chlamydomonas sp. Hayes concludes that Pediastrum sp. would not be efficient for biodiesel production.

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