Department of Biology
Wenham, MA 01984
All of the biology faculty are active in their own research projects. They look forward to researching and working with you in Gordon's laboratories.
M.S. Cornell University
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin--Madison
Dr. Boorse joined the Gordon Faculty in January, 1999. Her primary research and teaching interests are in aquatic community ecology, and invasive species, and her biological research focus is on vernal pools. She spends a great deal of time connecting science to non-scientists and looking at ways science and faith integrate, particularly in the area of environmental ethics. Dr. Boorse is the advisor for the student group, Advocates for A Sustainable Future, and is the AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies representative at Gordon. She also represents Gordon to the Marine Studies Consortium and AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Dr. Boorse is a co-author of Environmental Science published by Pearson, a textbook written with Gordon professor emeritus Richard Wright. Dr. Boorse was a fellow of the Center for Christian Studies from 2005-2006 and received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award at Gordon College in 2002. She has a strong interest in mentoring women in science.
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A. Philosophy, San Jose State University
B.L.S. Biology, Mary Washington College
M.A. Biology, SUNY New Paltz
Ph.D. Human Physiology/Muscle Biology, Boston University
Dr. Cornwell joined Gordon College in August of 2014. She taught for three years at North Shore Community College in Lynn, MA before returning to school for a Ph.D. Her doctoral research focused on the study of several of the molecular signaling pathways thought to be involved in the regulation of tumor-induced skeletal muscle atrophy. Her masters thesis involved the study of temperature and salinity preferences in the male blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. Her current research interest is to examine signaling pathways upregulated during ecdysis in crustaceans with the goal of finding ways to increase inter-molt survivorship in wild or farm-raised populations.
B.S. Alma College
M.A. The College of William and Mary
Ph.D. in Ecology with Conservation Biology Emphasis, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Keller joined Gordon College in 2007 after teaching for five years at Eastern New Mexico University, where he was an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology. As a conservation biologist, Dr. Keller focuses his research on the impacts humans have on biological systems, including a variety of taxonomic groups (birds, mammals, amphibians, and insects) and a variety of biological scales (habitats, landscapes, and ecosystems). Primarily, Dr. Keller and his students try to determine how migratory birds and small mammals are impacted by habitat fragmentation, and if using tools like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and analysis of foraging behavior allow researchers to determine causes of population declines in these species. Most recently, Dr. Keller has established three ongoing studies: 1) habitat use and foraging behavior by migratory songbirds in fragmented forests of New England; 2) effects of hurricane disturbance and agricultural development on habitat use and behavior of wintering warblers in Belize; and 3) in collaboration with Dr. Justin Topp, effects of habitat fragmentation on prevalence of Lyme Disease and distribution of small mammal and tick carriers.
Director, Pastors and Science Project
B.S. Gordon College
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Brandeis University
Post-Doc at MIT and Harvard Medical School under Hidde L. Ploegh
Dr. Story's research interests have focused on molecular immunology. His graduate and post-doctoral work involved work on the mechanism of antibody transport across the human placenta, and the ways viruses trick the immune system to escape detection. Dr. Story also worked in the biotechnology industry in the area of drug delivery using the body's own antibody transport system. Most recently, his research has focused on generating antibodies for diagnostic tools that can be used by the world's poor. Dr. Story has been exploring the use of new micro-scale tools to greatly speed up the process of antibody discovery. He continues his microengraving research collaborating with the laboratory of JC Love at MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
Dr. Zheng joined Gordon College in 2002 with experiences in both academia and industry. His research focuses on plant biotechnology and crop breeding. He uses an immature pollen system he established to study the cellular and developmental events associated with somatic embryogenesis of plant cells. He has published numerous journal papers and book chapters on the subject. His more recent interests include the ethical, legal, social, and economic impacts of genetic engineering. Dr Zheng did a research sabbatical during Fall Semester, 2012.
ADJUNCT AND PART-TIME FACULTY
Adjunct Professor of Biology
B.S. Gordon College
M.S. University of Florida
Ph.D. University of New Hampshire
Dr. Noseworthy recently joined Gordon as an adjunct faculty in August 2012 after completing her Ph.D. in plant biology at University of New Hampshire. Her primary research interests include improving nutritional content in vegetables and its impact on human nutrition. She conducted a comprehensive study of carotenoid profiles of winter squash (Cucurbita spp.) and sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) aimed at improving varieties of squash and sweet potato by selecting for higher carotenoid content. Her other interests include organic and sustainable food production, greenhouse plant propagation and plant biotechnology. Dr. Noseworthy enjoys teaching and mentoring students both in the classroom and the laboratory.
Adjunct Professor of Biology
B.S. Biology, Gordon College
M.S. Biology, Angelo State University
Tom Horsley, M. S. recently joined Gordon as an adjunct faculty in June 2014 after completing his M. S. in Biology at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. His research interests include seed dispersal/pollination ecology and conservation biology. For his master’s thesis research, he examined the role and ecological contribution of Artibeus fruit bats through their dispersal of seeds within the Iwokrama Forest in Guyana, South America. Many of the plant species dispersed by these bats contribute to forest fragment regeneration and are typically the first plant species to develop in open, disturbed habitat. This new growth provides a more suitable environment for many other plant species to colonize the area, ultimately developing into mature forest. Tom enjoys sharing his passion for the natural world with students while introducing them to ecology and conservation.
Irene A. Zimmer
Adjunct Professor of Biology
Veterinarian Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany
Dr. Med Vet . Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany
Dr. Zimmer is joining Gordon as part-time faculty in August 2014. Her research doctoral work involved developing an enzyme immunoassay for the detection of a mycotoxin in food. This test was applied in a survey analyzing extruded maize-based products from the German market. She then joined the Wildlife & Emerging Diseases Programme at the Food and Environment Research Agency in the UK, where she worked on parasitic diseases, such as Trichinella spp. and Echinococcus multilocularis, which can be transmitted from wildlife and domestic animals to humans. Besides food hygiene and disease surveillance, she is also interested in canine behavior.