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  • Dr. Heidi Steltzer named winner of 2013 New Faculty Award

    Posted on October 22nd, 2013 blake_d No comments


    Dr. Heidi Steltzer

    Dr. Heidi Steltzer

    People are affected by environmental changes. For example, climate warming may lead to more carbon dioxide emissions from Arctic soils to the atmosphere, leading to greater warming, leading to an increase in mosquitoes and a greater risk of diseases carried by mosquitoes for people and wildlife. (

  • Achievement Award: Dr. Shere Byrd

    Posted on October 22nd, 2013 blake_d No comments

    To try and celebrate all of the achievements that Dr. Shere Byrd has accomplished in her time at Fort Lewis College would be a big task. Two of the most noticeable achievements that she’s been a part of recently are the construction of the new biology wing of Berndt Hall and the outfitting of the new labs with state-of-the-art equipment. These two accomplishments have helped lead the Biology program to new heights and helped one of the most popular majors at FLC continue to grow. (

  • The new Biology building receives a gold Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification

    Posted on January 28th, 2011 blake_d No comments

    The new Biology building is great for education and the environment.

  • FLC hires new Public Heath Professor

    Posted on January 9th, 2011 blake_d No comments

    The Biology Department is happy to announce that Dr. Connie Kitchens will be leading the new Public Health Program at Fort Lewis College. Dr. Kitchens received her Doctorate in Public Health in August of 2010 from the University of Utah. She has participated in two humanitarian projects — one in Mexico and the other in Vanuatu. Her research interests focus on prescription drug misuse and their predictors. During the Winter 2011 semester she will be teaching Introduction to Public Health, Epidemiology and Community Health Behavior.

  • Drs. Dott and Korb tackle invasive Tamarisk along the Dolores River

    Posted on August 27th, 2010 blake_d No comments

    Drs. Dott and Korb began the first of 2 summers of work trying to understand the dynamics of tamarisk invasion along the Dolores River in SW Colorado.  Tamarisk (Tamarix. spp.) is a non-native tree introduced for erosion control in the southwest in the early 1900s, which has since invaded into riparian habitats throughout the intermountain west.  With this project, Drs. Dott and Korb are investigating what current environmental conditions seem to favor tamarisk growth over native woody species like willow and cottonwood, and how the understory vegetation varies among stands of these woody plants.  They are also interested in determining when tamarisk became established along the Dolores River, by using dendrochronology to calculate tree ages.  All of this information will be useful to land managers along the Dolores, as a major initiative is underway to remove tamarisk and encourage native species to move back in and fill the void.  The crew of 4 biology majors worked hard this summer in challenging conditions collecting the preliminary data and samples to make this research possible.

     Field crew of Biology majors include:tamarix

    • Sara Bombaci
    • Griffin Shaughnessy
    • Eric Falk
    • Bryan Barnett





                                                                           Tamarix chinensis (Tamarisk)

  • Welcome to the Biology and Agriculture Department blog!

    Posted on August 9th, 2010 biology No comments

    The Fall 2010 semester is starting next week!

    This will be a great year in Biology because we have moved into our new Biology building. The new Biology wing has new laboratories for physiology, microbiology, botany and genetics.  In addition there is a great greenhouse that the plants and Ross love.


    Brendt Hall2[2]








    We are all excited to start the semester and hope the students are ready to study. Our next post will summarize faculty research projects completed during the summer.

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