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Phyllis Higley, Ph.D.
Director, Biology Program
Professor of Biology

BS Plant Protection, Cornell University
MS Plant Pathology, Iowa State University
PhD Plant Pathology, Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise
Teaching, Plant Pathology, Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria

Accomplishments and Published Articles
Higley, L. G., Higley, P. M., & Brosius, T. Value of “bad” drawing in teaching. (2023). The American Biology Teacher (in press). 
Higley, P. M. 2018. Encouraging Classroom Participation Through In-Class Reviews. Teaching Professor, 32(3), 3.
Higley, P.M. “What is biosecurity?” in Aponte-Cordero, W.V. and Nielson, Al L. 2009. Understanding biosecurity and its limitations. American Entomologist 55: 145-156 (Non-refereed)
Higley, P.M. and L.G. Higley. 2007. Limitations to the use of plant pathogens as agents of bioterrorism. XVI International Plant Protection Congress Proceedings volume 2 (Non-refereed).
Higley, L.G. and P. M. Higley. 2007. Can insects be bioterrorism agents? XVI International Plant Protection Congress Proceedings volume 2 (Non-refereed).
Zinniel, D.K., P. Lambrecht, N.B. Harris, Z. Feng, D. Kuczmarski, P. Higley, C.A. Ishimaru, A. Arunakumari, R.G. Barletta, and A.K. Vidaver. 2002. Isolation and characterization of endophytic colonizing bacteria from agronomic crops and prairie plants. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68:2198-2208.

Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild
Unitarian Church of Lincoln Gallery

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Jennifer Grove, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

B.S. Biology, University of Nebraska, Omaha
M.S. Biology, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Ph.D. Medical Sciences, Genetics, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Areas of Expertise
Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Hematology, Oncology, Pathology

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Amanda Roe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

B.S. Agroecology, Insect Science, University of Wyoming
M.S. Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D. Applied Ecology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Heather Stigge, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

B.S. Natural Sciences, Peru State College
M.S. Biology, Sam Houston State University
Ph.D. Zoology, Parasitology, Oklahoma State University

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Nassiba Adjerid, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S. Biology, Virginia Tech
Ph.D. Biology, Virginia Tech

Areas of Expertise
Anatomy and Physiology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology

Accomplishments and Published Articles

Chk1 is Activated at the Midblastula Transition in Xenopus laevis Embryos Independently of DNA Content and the Cyclin E/Cdk2 Developmental Timer. Adjerid, Nassiba, Wroble, Brian, and Jill C. Sible. Cell Cycle, February 2008.

A Quantitative Model of the Effect of Unreplicated DNA on Cell Cycle Progression in Frog Egg Extracts. Zwolak, Jason, Adjerid, Nassiba, Bagci, Elife, Tyson, John J. and Jill C. Sible. PLoS Computational Biology, September 2009.

Biology mentor for the Marie Curie Program
Program director for the Walk Tall Honors Program
Member of the Community Engagement Task Force

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