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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


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: SCI 207
Phone: (704) 637-4450

  • Associate Professor
  • 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

ErinHoward.jpgErin 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



amandarushing.jpgDr. Amanda W. Rushing
Office: SSB 203
Phone: (704) 637-4692

  • Assistant Professor of Biology
  • B.S., Biology, Catawba College
  • Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, East Carolina University

Interests: Retroviruses, Oncoviruses, Cancer biology, Transcriptional regulation, Pathogen immune evasion


Professor Affiliates


slavo.pngDr. Slavko Komarnytsky

  • Professor Affiliate
  • Associate Professor of Metabolic Biology and Pharmacogenomics at the Plants for Human Health Institute - North Carolina State University - at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • M.S., Kyiv Shevchenko University, Ukraine
  • B.S., Kyiv Shevchenko University, Ukraine

Adjunct Faculty

Mrs. Karen GordonKarenGordon.jpg

Visiting Instructor





Professors Emeriti

Dr. Michael J. BaranskiMikeBaranski.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. Steve Coggin SteveCoggin.jpg

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

Coggin joined the faculty at Catawba College in 1985. During that time, he held several positions, including Department Chair, Dean, Director of Institutional Research, Director of the Center for International Studies, and Associate Provost, but always thought of himself first as a professor. Coggin retired in 2019 after 34 years.


drum.jpg Dr. George Drum

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Biology
  • Ph.D., Tulane University

Dr. Drum retired from Catawba after 23 years of service to the College.