Dr. Jay F. Bolin
Assistant Professor - B.S., Virginia Tech; M.S., Ph.D., Old Dominion University; Post-Doctoral study, Smithsonian Institution Dept. of Botany
Office: ENV 209
Phone: (704) 637-4450
Interests: plant systematics, molecular phylogenetics, plant ecology, parasitic plants
Dr. Sue Calcagni
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science; Ph.D., Duke University
Office: CENV 303
Phone: (704) 637-4296
Dr. Steve Coggin
DEAN, Hurley School of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Biology - Ph.D. University of Georgia, B.S. Florida State University
Office: SSB 204
Phone: (704) 637-4110
Coggin is actively involved with the Center for the Environment. He coordinates the Seminar in Tropical Biology which includes field experiences in Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. He also serves on the Environmental Science board that advises on curriculum and strategic planning for the Center for the Environment.
• Principles of Biology
• Field Ornithology
Interests: Animal Behavior, Ornithology, Ecology
Dr. Constance Lynn Rogers Lowery
DEPARTMENT CHAIR; Associate Professor of Biology - Ph.D., Wake Forest University; M.S. and B.A., UNC-Charlotte
Office: SSB 203
Phone: (704) 645-4803
Fax: (704) 637-4204
Physiology and development of invertebrates; Calcification and development of coral; interactions between parasitic larvae of freshwater mussels and their fish hosts
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Animal Physiology
• Electron Microscopy
• Invertebrate Biology
Dr. Mark Sabo
Assistant Professor of Chemistry - B.A. University of South Florida, Ph.D. Michigan State University, Area of Specialization: Analytical Chemistry
Office: SSB 109
Phone: (704) 637-4112
Fax: (704) 637-4204
Dr. James (Jamie) Slate
Associate Professor of Economics - Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Economics; B.A., Christopher Newport University, Economics
Phone: (704) 637-4407
• Comparative Economic Systems
• Business & Economics Statistics
• Environmental Economics
John Wear, Jr.
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science / Director of the Center for the Environment - B.S., North Carolina State University; M.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Ph.D., Wake Forest University.
Office: CENV 200
Phone: (704) 637-4738
Fax: (704) 645-4590
Dr. John E. Wear Jr., the Catawba College Center for the Environment's founding director, established the Center and Catawba's Environmental Science & Environmental Studies Program in 1993. Dr. Wear has committed his energies to environmental initiatives at the local, regional and state level. His leadership was instrumental in launching a number of sustainability initiatives in the state relating to air and water quality and land conservation.
Dr. Michael J. Baranski
Professor Emeritus of Biology - 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. George Drum
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Biology - Ph.D., Tulane University
Dr. Drum retired from Catawba after 23 years of service to the College.
Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science - B.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; J.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
Walser is Executive Director of the LandTrust for Central North Carolina, a non-profit regional land conservancy. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration (1994).
Adjunct Professor with the Center for the Environment
Wear is a North Carolina Certified Environmental Educator and serves as the Director of Horizons Unlimited Science and Technology Center for the Rowan-Salisbury School System.
View a list of staff for the Center for the Environment.