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Kevin J. Emerson
Associate Professor of Biology
Schaefer Hall 231
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The Department of Biology is a close-knit community of faculty, staff, and students bound by a shared curiosity and respect for the living world. 

July 14, 2022
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Daniel Tobiansky was quoted in Scientific American about a paper recently published in Current Biology called "Woodpeckers minimize cranial absorption of shocks" by Van Wassenbergh et al. as a scientist not involved in the publication. The author of the popular… Find Out More
July 13, 2022
Assistant Professor of Biology Lorena Torres-Martínez and colleagues recently had their research work titled "Microbial mediation of salinity stress response varies by plant genotype and provenance over time" accepted for publication in the journal Molecular Ecology.
Torres-Martínez and… Find Out More
August 2, 2023
Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience Sarah Latchney recently published an article in the journal Genes, Brain and Behavior. The article's title is “Maternal upbringing and selective breeding for voluntary exercise behavior modify patterns of DNA methylation and expression of genes in the… Find Out More
June 20, 2023
Assistant Professor of Biology Emily Brownlee and colleagues recently had their research work titled “Mixoplankton and mixotrophy: future research priorities” accepted for publication in the Journal of Plankton Research.

Brownlee and collaborators make future research recommendations to study a… Find Out More
August 17, 2021
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Alumni Rustin Pare ’21 and Mira Willson ’21 presented during the joint annual meeting of the American Ornithological Society and Society of Canadian Ornithologists, August 9-13, with Pare winning the Best Undergraduate Presentation Award. Both presentations were based… Find Out More
May 18, 2021
Patricia Santos-Ciminera, visiting assistant professor of biology, has recently presented at the Helminthological Society of Washington on “Parasite abundance and diversity in river otters (Lontra canadensis) within tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.” The research was executed along with two SMCM… Find Out More
May 3, 2021
Sarah Latchney, assistant professor of biology and neuroscience, has recently been published in Developmental Neurobiology titled, “Persistent organic pollutants at the synapse: Shared phenotypes and converging mechanisms of developmental neurotoxicity.”

In this article, Latchney reviewed the… Find Out More
April 22, 2021
Visiting Professor in Biology Thomas M. Evans predicted early lampreys did not have a larval stage in a paper he coauthored in 2018 titled “The Evolution of Lamprey (Petromyzontida) Life History and the Origin of Metamorphosis,” which is now cited in a paper published in the prestigious journal… Find Out More
March 8, 2021
Karen Crawford, professor of biology, and SMCM alumna Madeline Gibson ’19 recently presented, “Filling in the gaps: Fibroblast growth factor 10 induced intercalary regeneration in salamanders” at the annual meeting of the Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology. Professor Crawford also… Find Out More
February 24, 2021
Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Kelly Neiles, along with colleagues at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, have accepted an invitation from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to participate in an Inclusive Excellence Learning Community. The award includes $30,000… Find Out More