Faculty & Staff

Teaching Faculty
Elizabeth Bastiaans

Dr. Elizabeth Bastiaans

Associate Professor


Biol 212 - Genetics
Biol 216 - Evolution
Biol 345 - Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
Biol 356 - Animal Behavior
Biol 393 - Senior Seminar
Biol 556 - Behavior of Animals

113B Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3746

Dr. Bastiaans completed her B.A. at the University of Chicago, her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is a behavioral ecologist primarily interested in mating behavior, life history, and the application of behavioral ecology to conservation. She joined the Oneonta faculty in 2015 and teaches classes in Evolution, Animal Behavior, and Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles. At SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Bastiaans has mentored students studying turtle conservation biology, salamander behavioral and population ecology, and beetle mating behavior. She also continues to collaborate with researchers in Mexico whom she met during her dissertation research on sexual signal variation in montane lizards.

Dr. Bastiaans' website

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Dr. Casey Coomes


Biol 133 - Investigative Biology
Biol 201 - Cell and Molecular Biology
Biol 393 - Senior Seminar
Biol 394 - Special topics: Avian Physiology and Behavior

321 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3745

Dr. Coomes received her B.A. in Biology from Transylvania University and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She joined the faculty in 2021 as a Visiting Instructor and PRODiG Fellow. She teaches Investigative Biology Labs and Cell and Molecular Biology Labs and is developing and Avian Physiology and Behavior course. Dr. Coomes’ research focuses on the effects of heatwaves on songbird behavior. While at Oneonta, she will continue this line of research, expanding into local songbird species. She also plans to continue collaborations with researchers in Tennessee and in Florida.

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Jill Fielhaber

Dr. Jill Fielhaber

Associate Professor

Biol 133 - Investigative Biology
Biol 194 - Genetically Engineered Machines (cross-listed with Chem 194)
Biol 201 - Cell and Molecular Biology (Lab)
Biol 203 - Elementary Microbiology
Biol 340 - Molecular Biology
Biol 362 - Microbiology
Biol 380 - Cell Biology
Biol 394 - Biology of Cancer

322 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3723

Dr. Fielhaber earned a B.Sc. in Biology from Concordia University of Edmonton  and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University in 2011.  She joined the Biology Department at SUNY Oneonta in 2012. Her research focuses on determining how nutrients and mitogens impact cell survival, proliferation, and death decisions, and determining the molecular mechanisms that control these choices.  Her research involves using molecular techniques and in vitro mammalian cell culture. In addition, Dr. Fielhaber also mentors the SUNY Oneonta iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team. This team competes in an annual international synthetic biology competition, where the team designs, builds, and tests the function of a genetically engineered machine that addresses an important need of the students choosing and investigate the bigger picture issues that the machine is intended to address.  

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Willard N. Harman

Dr. Willard N. Harman, CLM

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

Rufus J. Thayer Chair for Otsego Lake Research
Director, Biological Field Station

No course responsibilities. Dr. Harman is Director of the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, located near Cooperstown, NY and he also serves as the Rufus J. Thayer Endowed Chair for Otsego Lake Research. Dr. Harman mentors two faculty offering Biol 690 Lake Management and Biol 691, Management of the Aquatic Biota, courses he previously developed and taught.

Biological Field Station
5838 St Hwy 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone - Main Laboratory (607) 547-8778
Phone - Upland Interpretive Center (607) 547-6218
FAX - (607) 547-5114

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Dr. Jeffrey Heilveil


Biol 212 - Genetics
Biol 244 - Entomology
Biol 269 - Methods in Population Genetics
Biol 285 - NY Stream Biota: ID & Ecology (summers)
Biol 344 - Field Entomology (summers)
Biol 384 - Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology
Biol 388 - Stream Ecology
Biol 617 - Advanced Biological Literacy
Biol 687 - Advanced Aquatic Entomology
Biol 688 - Experimental Stream Ecology
Biol 695 - Graduate Seminar

115 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3162

Link to homepage

After earning a B.S. in Natural resources and ecology from the University of Michigan, an M.S. and Ph.D., both in Entomology, from the University of Illinois, and serving as a postdoctoral researcher in Conservation Genetics at North Dakota State University, Dr. Heilveil joined the Oneonta faculty in 2007. He teaches undergraduate courses in Entomology, Methods in Population Genetics, Biological Literacy, Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology, Field Entomology, and NY Stream Biota: ID and Ecology, as well as various graduate courses in entomology, stream ecology, and population genetics. Dr. Heilveil is currently studying a range of questions involving life history of aquatic insects, population ecology of aquatic organisms, the impacts of urbanization on aquatic populations, and conservation genetics of aquatic species from land crabs to otters.

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Ms. Theresa Kenney

Ms. Theresa Kenney



Biol 130 - Cellular Perspectives in Biology
Biol 131 - Organismal Perspectives in Biology
Biol 133 - Investigative Biology
Biol 205 & 206 - Human & Anatomy & Physiology (Labs)
Biol 378 - Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates

122D Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3435


Ms. Kenney earned a B.A. in Biology from Alfred University and a M.S. in Biology from SUNY Fredonia. Her previous research focused on the developmental changes of skeletal muscle in young mice and how cage wheel running affects this development. In addition to this, she explored how cage wheel running as a form of exercise affected senescent skeletal muscle in hopes of reducing the characteristic changes associated with aging. Ms. Kenney joined the Oneonta faculty in 2021. She teaches Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates and laboratory sections for Human Anatomy and Physiology.

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Vicky Lentz

Dr. Vicky Lentz

ASSOCIATE Professor AND Chair

Biol 180 - BIOL I: Cells to Organisms
Biol 194 - Special topics: Study Skills in Biology
Biol 201 - Cell & Molecular Biology
Biol 265 - Evolution of Biology
Biol 350 - Immunology

112A Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-2512

Having completed her B.A. at the University of Delaware and her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lentz joined the Oneonta faculty in 2001. She teaches courses in Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology, Introductory Evolution and the History and Philosophy of Biology. Dr. Lentz is currently studying the immune response of the American Eel to the glochidia (larval stage) of the Eastern Elliptio freshwater mussel to better understand the host-parasite interaction necessary for freshwater mussel reproduction. Dr. Lentz is also conducting studies to describe the immune system of Large-mouth Bass.

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Paul H. Lord

LtCol Paul H. Lord


Biol 100 - Modern Biology (Lab)
Biol 181 - Biol II: Ecology & Evolution (Lab)
Biol 258 - Underwater Research
Biol 259 - Marine Biology
Biol 282 - Ecology
Biol 317 - Biological Literacy
Biol 358 - Extended Research Diving
Biol 367 - Aquatic Pollution
Biol 385 - Limnology
Envs 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science
Envs 105 - Environmental Science Lab
Envs 320 - Technical Writing for Environmental Sciences
PhEd 258 - Advanced SCUBA

122C Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-2818

Paul H. Lord is employed by SUNY to perform research on the biocontrol of Eurasian watermilfoil, to evaluate the viability of native pearly mussel populations, and to develop watershed steward programs for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership. Additionally, he instructs in aquatic pollution, underwater research, marine biology, ecology, biological literacy, and environmental sciences at SUNY-Oneonta. He holds an MS in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA and an MA in biology from SUNY-Oneonta. He is also a retired U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel and a 35+-year SCUBA instructor.

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Dr. Florian Reyda


Biol 131- Organismal Perspectives in Biology
Biol 133- Investigative Biology
Biol 321- Tropical Biology Field course (in Peru, summers, even years)
Biol 342- Invertebrate Zoology (falls, even years)
Biol 346- Parasitology (falls, odd years)
Biol 393- Senior Seminar
Biol 642- Advanced Invertebrate Zoology (falls, even years)
Biol 646- Advanced Parasitology (falls, odd years)

120 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3719

Having completed his B.A. at Augustana College (Illinois), his M.S. at the University of Nebraska, and his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Reyda joined the Oneonta faculty in 2008. He teaches upper-level elective courses in zoology, including parasitology and invertebrate zoology, as well as a field course in Peru, Senior Seminar, and a couple introductory and graduate courses. Dr. Reyda spends half of his time conducting research with undergraduate students at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station near Cooperstown, New York. He is also active in several professional societies, including the American Society of Parasitologists, and serves as an associate editor for the journal, Comparative Parasitology.

Reyda's fish parasitology research focuses on the taxonomy and systematics of parasites, with a particular emphasis on biological diversity. He and his students essentially address similar questions about evolution, diversity and host specificity of parasites using two different host-parasite systems. The first area is the freshwater fish parasites in North America. A major focus has been the fish parasites of Otsego Lake, home of the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station. More recent efforts have focused on a survey of Oneida Lake fish parasites in which parasitological data are being used to gain a perspective on the many changes in that lake. Reyda and his students have conducted fieldwork throughout the northeast, and also in the southern USA, where they have collected various species of thorny-headed worms (acanthocephalans). The second host-parasite system is the tapeworms (cestodes) of stingrays. Recent efforts include descriptions of new species of tapeworms from stingrays from Borneo, Senegal, and South America. Students who conduct research with Reyda gain experience with field sampling and host dissections, as well as techniques involved in modern taxonomic work, including preparation of permanent slides, light microscopy, imaging, scientific illustration, scanning electron microscopy, and DNA sequencing.

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Sean Robinson

Dr. Sean Robinson

AssOCIATE Professor


Biol 132 - Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives in Biology
Biol 133 - Investigative Biology
Biol 236 - Vascular Plant Systematics
Biol 238 - Dendrology
Biol 320 - Field Botany
Biol 322 - Bryology
Biol 393- Senior Seminar

218 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3732

Having completed his B.A. at Hartwick College, his M.S. at SUNY-ESF and his Ph.D. at the University at Albany, Dr. Robinson joined the Oneonta faculty in 2010. He teaches courses in Botany including Bryology, Vascular Plant Systematics, Dendrology, and Field Botany. He is also involved in teaching an introductory organismal biology course. Dr. Robinson’s research is focused on the phylogeography of plants, particularly bryophytes. Additionally, Dr. Robinson conducts research focused on vegetation dynamics on alpine summits.

Dr. Robinson is also the curator of the Jewel Arline Moss Settle Herbarium at SUNY-Oneonta.

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Keith Schillo

Dr. Keith Schillo


Biol 205 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Biol 206 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Biol 349 - Reproductive Physiology
Biol 355 - Animal Nutrition
Biol 372 - Mammalian Physiology II
Biol 393 - Senior Seminar

323 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3063

Dr. Schillo was awarded a B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1975, a M.S. degree from Purdue University in 1977 and a PhD in Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology from the University of Wisconsin in 1981. After completing postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois in 1983, he joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky and directed a research program in animal physiology for 25 years. Dr. Schillo retired from the University of Kentucky in 2009 and joined the Biology faculty at SUNY Oneonta to assume responsibility for teaching anatomy and physiology. Dr. Schillo is the author of over 60 scientific articles on interfaces between energy metabolism and reproduction as well as a textbook on the reproductive biology of mammals. His current work focuses primarily on the development of new ways to teach anatomy and physiology. Dr. Schillo also conducts research dealing with interactions between nutrition and exercise. This work involves humans and laboratory mice.

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Daniel Stich

Dr. Daniel Stich

Associate Professor

Biol 181 - BIOL II: Ecology & Evolution
Biol 217 - Quantitative Biology
Biol 351 - Ichthyology
Biol 678 - Advanced Quantitative Biology
Biol 682 - Advanced Ichthyology
Biol 690 - Lake Management

113A Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3734

Dr. Stich joined the Oneonta faculty in 2015 after earning a B.T. in fisheries and aquaculture at the State University of New York Cobleskill College of Agriculture and Technology, an M.S. in fish and wildlife conservation at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a PhD in wildlife ecology at the University of Maine. He previously worked with NOAA Fisheries as a contracted fishery biologist studying effects of dam passage performance standards and lake connectivity on alosines (shad and herring) in the Northeast and continues to collaborate with federal agencies on related issues. He currently teaches courses in General Biology and Lake Management. Dr. Stich uses data-driven approaches to answer questions about a wide range of species and topics that range in breadth from physiology of individual organisms to population-level responses to management actions. These approaches make use of modern quantitative and computer-based modeling techniques to address complex problems faced by both local and regional resource managers, and are extensively supplemented by field and laboratory research.

Daniel Stich's Website

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Donna Vogler

Dr. Donna Vogler


Biol 181 - BIOL II: Ecology & Evolution (Lab)
Biol 221 - Ethnobotany & Medicinal Plants
Biol 282 - Ecology
Biol 333 - Field Study of the Rocky Mountain Region (odd springs & summers)
Biol 383 - Wetland Environments & Deliniation
Biol 393 - Senior Seminar
Biol 501 - Experimental Design
Biol 683 - Wetland Plant ID and Delineation

318 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3705

Dr. Vogler was born and educated in the Midwest with a B.S. from The Ohio State University, and a M.S. from Iowa State University before working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington D.C. She earned a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Botany and was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the Oneonta faculty in 2000. Dr. Vogler teaches courses in Ecology, Conservation Biology, General Biology and Wetland Plant ID & Delineation. Her recent research topics include demographic studies of invasive plant species (e.g. Marsh Thistle, Cirsium palustre), floral mechanisms related to self vs outcross pollination, and vegetation management at regional airports to reduce wildlife hazards.

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Junryo Watanabe

Dr. Junryo Watanabe

Assistant Professor

Biol 180 - BIOL I: Cells to Organisms
Biol 194: Special topics: First Semester Seminar
Biol 201 - Cell & Molecular Biology
Biol 303 - Laboratory Methods in Physiology
Biol 314 - Animal Embryonic Development

320A Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3754

Having completed his B.A. at Reed College, Ph.D. at the SUNY at Stony Brook, Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Pomona College, Dr. Watanabe joined the Oneonta faculty in 2015. He will teach courses in Cell and Molecular Biology and Developmental Biology. Dr. Watanabe is interested in fundamental questions in Neuroimmunology and studies the interaction between the Nervous and the Immune systems in health and in disease. He is currently studying the role of macrophages, or white blood cells, in repairing damage to the nervous system. He utilizes the Drosophila melangastor model organism to understand injury and disease in humans such as spinal cord injuries and Multiple Sclerosis.

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Jennifer Withington

Dr. Jennifer Withington

Associate Professor

Biol 111 - Biological & Medical Terminology
Biol 180 - BIOL I: Cells to Organisms
Biol 201 - Cell & Molecular Biology (Labs)
Biol 220 - Economic Botany
Biol 375 - Physiology of Plants
Biol 393 - Senior Seminar

116 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3421

Dr. Withington completed her B.S. in Environmental Biology and Mathematics at Heidelberg University. She went on to receive a M.S. in Biology from The University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Ecology from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Withington joined the Oneonta faculty in 2011, after teaching for 3yrs at St. Andrews University. Dr. Withington teaches the introductory biology course for majors (General Biology I); she also teaches courses in Plant Physiology and Economic Botany, as well as a variety of laboratories in other introductory courses. Dr. Withington is currently working on describing the branching patterns of the fine roots of common tree species, as well as annual fine root growth patterns of trees. Current student research focuses on (1) green roof media and nitrogen-fixing plants, and (2) biochar impacts on vegetable growth in local soils.

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Kiyoko Yokota

Dr. Kiyoko Yokota


BIOL 132 - Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives in Biology (lecture)
BIOL 271 & 273 - Global Study in Conservation (on-campus component during fall semester and winter break travel component to Ogasawara Islands, Japan)
BIOL 282 – Ecology (lecture and lab)
BIOL 385 – Limnology (lecture and lab)
BIOL 394 - Special Topic: Phycology (lecture and lab)
BIOL 575 - Phytoplankton Ecology and Analyses (lecture and lab)
BIOL 582 – Elementary Limnology for Professionals (lecture and lab)
BIOL 685 - Studies in Limnology (lecture and lab)
BIOL 691 - Management of Aquatic Biota (lecture and lab)

114 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3742

Kiyoko Yokota, Ph.D., CLM* is a limnologist (limnology = study of inland waters). Dr. Yokota graduated from Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota with B.S. in Biology with Ecology Emphasis (summa cum laude) and qualified as an Associate Professional Engineer while working for a civil engineering consultancy in Tokyo, Japan. She was responsible for environmental assessment and water quality forecasting and management projects for new and existing reservoirs, lakes, and rivers. After earning a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Kiyoko completed a short-term postdoctoral training at Netherland Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) before she started teaching full time. Dr. Yokota’s research interests include phytoplankton dynamics, cyanobacterial blooms, aquatic food webs, biogeochemical cycling, pollutant (e.g., mercury and microplastics) dynamics, and interaction between changing climate and lakes at the local, regional and global scales. Yokota Lab members and campus collaborators participate in international team science through the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON.org) and collect high-frequency water quality and weather data with the Otsego Lake data buoy, acquired with an NSF grant and maintained with assistance from SUNY Oneonta, Biological Field Station Volunteer Dive Team, and Otsego Lake Association. Dr. Yokota is a New York State Safe Boating Instructor and serves as a faculty liaison with Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan, a research and student exchange partner of SUNY Oneonta; Technical Advisor for Otsego Lake Association; and Professional Certification Program Lead for the North American Lake Management Society.

Visit Dr. Yokota's research webpage.

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 Fred Zalatan

Dr. Fred Zalatan

Associate Professor

Biol 130 - Cellular Perspectives in Biology
Biol 203 - Elementary Microbiology
Biol 340 - Molecular Biology
Biol 362 - Microbiology
Biol 380 - Cell Biology
Biol 393 - Senior Seminar

117 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3062

Dr. Zalatan joined the faculty in 2003. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester, and did his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College. He teaches courses in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Microbiology. His research interests mostly involve factors that affect the function of the Ty1 transposable element (a "jumping gene") in baker's yeast. Experiments utilize molecular, cellular, and genetic techniques. He collaborates on this research with colleagues at the Wadsworth Center in Albany.

Non-Teaching Faculty
Sandy Knoll

Ms. Sandy Knoll

Laboratory Technician

122A Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3703

Sandy Knoll has been with the Biology Dept. for twelve years as the Laboratory Technician. Sandy coordinates laboratory materials for a variety of classes, including General Biology, I, II and II, Modern Biology and Microbiology. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing microbiology media and solutions, and ensuring that glassware is prepped and ready to be used.

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Mr. RP Withington

Biology Lab Coordinator

122E Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3899

Having completed his B.A. (English) at Hamilton College and his M.S. (Entomology) at the Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Withington joined the Biology Department in 2011 as an adjunct instructor and was hired as the Biology Lab Coordinator in 2014.

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David Wong

Dr. David Wong

ADJUNCT Associate Professor

(508) 767-2892

Aimee Odell

Ms. Aimee Odell

112 Janet R. Perna Science Building
(607) 436-3703

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