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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 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
February 18, 2021
Karen Crawford, professor of biology, has been appointed to the External Advisory Committee for the Vermont Biomedical Research Network (VBRN).
The VBRN is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to promote biomedical research in the state of Vermont. The External Advisory… Find Out More
February 2, 2021
Indrajit Chaudhury, visiting assistant professor of biology, has recently been published in FEBS Letters titled, “Fanconi anemia and mTOR pathways functionally interact during stalled replication fork recovery.”
In this article, Chaudhury and colleagues demonstrate that the non-Fanconi anemia (FA)… Find Out More