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Biology and Chemistry Faculty


Dr. Steve Coggin SteveCoggin.jpg

Office: SSB 204
Phone: (704) 637-4110

  • Professor of Biology
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia

Interests: Fractals in cell growth, complexity theory in cytoplasmic streaming

Dr. Constance Rogers-Lowery ConnieLowery.jpg
Office: SSB 203
Phone: (704) 645-4803

  • College Provost 
  • Professor of Biology
  • Ph.D., Wake Forest University

Interests: Physiology of corals

CarolMiderski.jpgDr. Carol Ann Miderski
Office: SSB 207
Phone: (704) 637-4338 
Fax: (704) 637-4204 

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Chemistry Department Chair
  • B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
  • Area of Specialization: Physical Chemistry

Dr. Joe PostonJoePoston.jpg
Office: SSB 102
Phone: (704) 637-4443

  • Professor of Biology
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: Animal Behavior, Ornithology, Ecology

Associate Professors

Dr. Jay F. Bolin
Office: CENV 117 
Phone: (704) 637-4450 

  • Associate Professor
  • Biology Department Chair 
  • B.S., Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Ph.D., Old Dominion University
  • Post-Doctoral study, Smithsonian Institution Dept. of Botany
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Interests: plant systematics, molecular phylogenetics, plant ecology, parasitic plants

SueCalcagni.jpgDr. Sue Calcagni
Office: CENV 303
Phone: (704) 637-4296

  • Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
  • Ph.D., Duke University

Interests: aquatic toxicology, watershed studies, environmental physiology, biodiversity

CarmonyHartwig.JPGDr. Carmony L. Hartwig
Office: SSB 204 
Phone: (704) 637-4742 

  • Associate Professor
  • B.S., College of William and Mary
  • M.S., Ph.D., Old Dominion University
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In her own words:
"Science is a source of steadfast excitement for me, so being enthusiastic about biology comes naturally. I thrive on connecting biological concepts with other disciplines and everyday phenomena. My area of expertise is Molecular Parasitology, with a focus on the mechanism of endoperoxide-class drug activity in Plasmodiumfalciparum; one of five protozoan species that results in human malaria." Read More »


Dr. John Wear 
Office: CENV 200
Phone: (704) 637-4738

  • Director of Center for the Environment
  • Associate Professor of Biology
  • Ph.D., Wake Forest University

Interests: Aquatic ecology, water quality, sustainable living


Assistant Professors

Erin Witalison Howard

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: SSB 114

  • B.S. Biology & B.A. Spanish – Catawba College
  • Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences – University of South Carolina

Interests: Cancer Biology, Anti-Cancer Drugs, and Nutrition

RichardMacri.jpgDr. Richard V. Macri 
Office: SSB 304
Phone: (704) 645-4588 

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • B.S., Chemistry, UNC Wilmington
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Richard Macri has professional interest "in the synthesis and testing of new drugs, specifically towards treatment of diabetes and fibromyalgia." If chemistry had not won over his academic passion, he would have done something with computers. "I'm a computer geek," he explains. "I spent four years in the Marine Corps where I was an aviation electronics technician." His biggest accomplishment to date, he shares, is graduation from Marine Corps Boot Camp. That achievement made him realize, "I can do anything after that."

Dr. CChaMarraSaner.jpghaMarra K. Saner

Office: SSB 306
Phone: (704) 637-4112

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University 
  • M.S., North Carolina A & T State University
  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Professor Affiliates

bruceharrison.jpgDr. Bruce Harrison

  • Professor Affiliate
  • Retired Medical Entomologist and Mosquito Taxonomist
  • Adjunct Professor at Western Carolina University
  • B.S. (1960) - Agricultural Science and Wildlife, North Carolina State College
  • M.A. (1965) – Entomology, University of Kansas
  • Ph.D. (1979) – Entomology, North Carolina State University

Adjunct Faculty

Mrs. Karen Gordon
Visiting Instructor


Professors Emeriti

Dr. Michael J. Baranski
E-mail: mbaransk@catawba.eduMikeBaranski.JPG

  • Professor Emeritus of Biology
  • Curator of the Catawba College Herbarium
  • Ph.D., in botany and ecology from NC State University

Baranski joined the Catawba faculty in 1974 and spent his career at Catawba teaching a wide range of subjects, most notably field courses. He also took a leadership role on campus promoting environmental preservation, conservation, and awareness among his students and the public at large. Baranski retired in 2012 after 38 years of service to the College.

Dr. James M. Beard

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
  • B.A. Manchester College
  • Ph.D. Stanford University
  • Area of Specialization: Organic and Environmental Chemistry

Dr. Beard retired in 2013 as a professor of chemistry after 25 years of service to the College.

drum.jpgDr. George Drum

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Biology
  • Ph.D., Tulane University
    Dr. Drum retired from Catawba after 23 years of service to the College.