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  • Deborah Tobiason

    Chair, Biology Department; Associate Professor of Biology

    Professor Deborah Tobiason teaches courses in microbiology, molecular biology, and parasitology. She also leads Carthage’s popular Phage Hunters course, in which freshman biology majors isolate and characterize new bacteriophage from the environment.

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  • Temple Burling

    Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Biology, and Great Ideas

    Professor Temple Burling is a biophysicist who studies the physics and chemistry of living systems. He teaches courses in both the Physics and Biology departments. His teaching and research focus on the structure and function of protein molecules and on how physics impacts biological and biochemical processes. His teaching interests include helping students to see how physics provides both a deeper understanding of life processes and a greater sense of amazement at how life works.

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  • Deanna Byrnes

    Dean for the Division of Natural and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Biology

    Professor Byrnes teaches courses in biodiversity, evolution, and ecology. She regularly involves Carthage students in her research on the ecology and evolution of bats, both local and tropical.

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  • Thomas Carr

    Senior Scientific Advisor, Dinosaur Discovery Museum; Director, Carthage Institute of Paleontology; Associate Professor of Biology

    Prof. leads the Carthage Institute of Paleontology, and teaches courses in biology, dinosaur evolution, and anatomy of vertebrates. Every summer he leads students in an expedition to southeastern Montana to collect fossils in the Hell Creek formation.

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  • Daniel Choffnes

    Director of Student Fellowships; Associate Professor of Biology and Asian Studies

    Professor Dan Choffnes joined the Carthage faculty in 2006. He teaches classes in genetics, plant physiology, developmental biology, and experimental design. He supports an active research program that encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary questions of economic botany and ethnomedicine, domestically and abroad.

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  • Angela Dassow

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Professor Angela Dassow has a B.S. in wildlife ecology and entomology, an M.S. in zoology, and a Ph.D. in zoology, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on computational analyses of animal vocalizations, exploring correlates within human linguistic phenomena at the phonetic, morphological, and syntactic levels.

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  • Dana Garrigan

    Associate Provost for Planning and Assessment; Associate Professor of Biology

    Prof. Garrigan teaches courses in biodiversity, evolution, conservation ecology, and entomology. His research has taken him from the desert southwest of the United States to the rainforest of South America, the New Zealand highlands, and the Galapagos Islands.

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  • Tracy Gartner

    Director, Environmental Science Program; Professor of Environmental Science and Biology

    Prof. Gartner directs the Environmental Science Program and teaches research- and service-oriented courses. Her research focuses on how shifts in biodiversity (due to invasive species, environmental change and human disturbance) influence community structure and nutrient dynamics in ecosystems.

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  • Scott Hegrenes

    Associate Professor of Biology

    Prof. Hegrenes is an ecologist interested in aquatic ecosystems and conservation of biodiversity. His research interests include the effect of pollution on stream life, non-native species impacts, and the role of phenotypic plasticity in niche partitioning in fish.

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  • Andrea Henle

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Professor Henle has taught at Bard College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University. Her research focuses on the intersection of cell biology, cancer, and immunology. At Carthage, she teaches courses in cell and molecular biology.

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  • Sheryl Konrad

    Senior Lecturer of Biology

    Professor Sheryl Konrad earned a B.S. in Biology (Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Beta Beta) from Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia. She spent several years studying the conservation and reproductive physiology of sandhill and whooping cranes and later joined the faculty at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design where she taught science for four years. Prof. Konrad initially joined Carthage College in 2005 as the laboratory manager, a position she held for five years before leaving to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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  • Paul Martino

    Associate Professor of Biology

    Prof. Martino teaches courses in anatomy, physiology, and experimental design. He received a Ph.D. in physiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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  • Justin Miller

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Professor Justin Miller joins the Carthage Biology Department in Fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Biology.

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  • Patrick Pfaffle

    Professor of Biology

    Prof. Pfaffle teaches courses in genetics, biodiversity and evolution, and recombinant DNA technology. He also leads the popular study tour Tropical Medicine, History and Ecology of Nicaragua.

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  • Amareshwar Singh

    Associate Professor of Biology

    Prof. Singh teaches courses in genetics, biodiversity, and evolution. He came to Carthage from Northwestern University, where he still works on nanotechnology-related therapeutic options against lymphoma cancer.

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  • Maggie Wentzell


    Maggie Wentzell earned her doctorate in Neurobiology, honing her skills in the field of intracellular electrophysiology. Specific concentrations included sensorimotor integration and central pattern generators in intact, living nervous systems, and evolutionary transitions in nervous systems that can lead to discernible behavioral changes.

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Additional Faculty

William Hutchins
Adjunct Faculty, Biology

Linda Greening
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
Straz Center 216

Qinzi Ji
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
Clausen Center 115

Margaret Oliver
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
Straz Center 226-B

Barb Salvo
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology 
Straz Center 226-B

Peggy Huset-Duros
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
Straz Center 226B

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • Beyond the campus boundaries, dinosaur fossils are prepared at the Carthage Institute of Paleontolgoy in Kenosha. A lengthy pterodactyl flight away, Finca Esperanza serves as a base camp for J-Term medical and water quality missions to Nicaragua. 

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …