Meet Our Biologists

Read about some of the ASU biologists who make this site work. We have included profiles about some of our biologists and their research. Check out what they are doing and how they are doing it. Later, if you have any questions, you can submit them to Ask A Biologist using our question submission form.

Battling Bacteria

Battling the Bacteria that Break the Body

By Shayna Nardi

Did you ever wonder what causes river rocks to be slippery? Can you believe it's the same thing that causes plaque on your teeth? The thing we're talking about is a biofilm, a structure formed by bacteria on a solid surface in a liquid environment.

Bee Movie Maker

By CJ Kazilek

For more than twenty years, making bee movies has been a part of the research work of professor Brian Smith.

Chasing Tiny Tigers

By Tim Elser

David Pearson is a research professor in Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences. A speaker of five languages and capable of [getting] in trouble in maybe three or four other languages, hes traveled the world studying tiger beetles and recently published the book, A Field Guide to Tiger Beetles in the United States and Canada.

Colorful Partners

By Jake Harris

The career path for biologist Kevin McGraw was set by a chance sighting through a window of a Costa Rican coffee shop.

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Cowpies, Termites - A Main Attraction

By Paul Matthews

Look closely at John Alcock's critter littered yard and you'll be bug-eyed. He decorates the front with cow patties, spends hours watching sleeping bees and occasionally wolfs down a cricket or mealworm to amuse or horrify his guests. "I'm just considered a mildly eccentric person," admits the Arizona State University biology professor.

Crusty Scientist Dishes Dirt on Sonoran Soil

By Jake Harris

Professor Ferran Garcia-Pichel sweats the small stuff. The really, really small stuff to be exact. The easygoing Arizona State University-based microbiologist loves to look beyond the surface to explain what is happening in the tiny world of microbes.
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Getting to the Root of Plant Biology

By Gail Maiorana

Some people gaze out at the landscape and see plants. Associate Professor Kathleen Pigg of Arizona State University sees the latest chapter in a long story.

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He Knows a Good Egg When He Sees One

By Gail Maiorana

McGaughey (pronounced McGoy) is a researcher at Arizona State University who studies reproduction of mammals. He is a consultant at a hospital, where he is part of a team that implants fertilized eggs into the uterus of women who have not been able to conceive a baby by other methods.

Hot Research

By Mike Butler

Temperature is important to all organisms, including you. Professor Angilletta studies the thermal biology of animals, which means that he investigates how different temperatures affect them.

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Insect Fashion Show

By Kasey Yturralde

If the world of fashion were to choose the most fabulously colored animals they would likely decide upon butterflies and birds. These animal fashion statements are well known to most people, but what is less clear is how and why these bright colors have evolved in the animal world.

 

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