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  • Maria G. Davis, Ph.D.

    Provost and Dean of the College; Professor of Biology

    Professor Maria Davis earned her bachelor’s from Siena Heights University, master’s in biology from Bowling Green State University and doctorate in entomology from Michigan State University. Her doctorate research was in landscape entomology and focused on the ecology and natural enemies of a home lawn pest called the cinch bug. Her post-doctoral work was in…

    Phone: 269-749-7643

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  • Leah R. Knapp, D.V.M.

    Director, Biology Program; Professor of Biology

    Dr. Leah Knapp graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has done post-doctoral course work in ecology and environmental toxicology at MSU, and did epidemiology research while in veterinary school. A former…

    Phone: 269-749-7106

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  • Susanne Lewis, Ph.D.

    Chair, Natural and Physical Sciences Department; Director, Chemistry Program; Professor of Chemistry

    Professor Susanne Lewis earned a bachelor’s in chemistry from Regis College and doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire with a focus on mechanistic studies in carbene and polyurethane chemistry. Her dissertation research explored photolysis of a phenanthrene-based carbene precursor, mechanistic studies of triazinanetriols and difunctional isocyanates using calorimetry, and computational studies…

    Phone: 269-749-7629

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  • Erin Pavloski '13

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Natural & Physical Science

    Professor Erin Pavloski earned her bachelor’s degree from Olivet College in 2013, graduating in the top five of her class with a double major in environmental science and biology. She earned her master’s degree in fisheries and wildlife and graduate certificate in community engagement from Michigan State University in 2016. Her thesis work focused on…


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  • Blake Reed, Ph.D

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Professor Reed, originally from Charlotte, is the adviser of the chemistry seminar and teaches inorganic chemistry and the general chemistry I laboratory sections. Prof. Reed received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Alma College in 2010, where his research focused on organic fragrance chemistry, specifically utilizing the allene-Claisen rearrangement to make sandalwood derivatives. Prof. Reed…

    Phone: 269-749-6607

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  • Marco Wiedenhoeft, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics

    Professor Marco Wiedenhoeft has worked at Olivet College since 2008. He teaches physics and introductory physics courses and associated labs for non-majors, and also several mathematics courses such as nature of mathematics, differential equations and linear algebra. Prof. Wiedenhoeft earned a bachelor’s and master’s in physics (“diplom physicist”) from the Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany, and…

    Phone: 269-749-7140

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  • John Wilterding, Ph.D.

    Professor of Biology

    Professor John Wilterding teaches introductory chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology and DNA science. He is originally from northeastern Wisconsin. Prof. Wilterding earned a bachelor’s in biology, chemistry and secondary education at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, followed by a master’s degree in entomology and a doctorate in evolutionary biology from Michigan State University. While at MSU, Prof.…

    Phone: 269-749-7634

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