Biology Directory

Current Biology Staff

Lindsay Beck-Johnson / Research Scientist I
Phone: (970) 495-2496
Office: Biology 352

Christen Bossu / Resch Sci/Scholar II
Phone: (970) 495-2004

Anping Chen / Research Scientist II
Phone: (970) 495-5272
Office: Biology 343

Andre Luiz Custodio Franco / Research Associate II
Phone: (970) 495-4476
Office: Biology 331

Dr. André Franco is an agronomist and soil scientist studying how modern global environmental changes are affecting soils from tropical crop fields and rainforests to temperate grasslands. Dr. Franco’s research focuses on the living organisms that inhabit soils, which support life aboveground by multiple ecosystem services and comprise a quarter of Earth’s biodiversity.

Alpana Damle / Lab Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-4061
Office: Az Yates

Tanya Dewey / Research Scientist
Phone: (970) 495-5021
Office: Biology 404

Maylou Flores / Department Payroll
Phone: (970) 491-1932
Office: Biology 111R

Evan Forsythe / Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: (970) 495-2272

Ayo Garner / Department Business Officer
Phone: (970) 492-4706
Office: Biology 111O

Casey Glatfelter / Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-0589
Office: 111J

Catherine Herzog / Postdoctoral Fellow

I am an epidemiologist and quantitative infectious disease ecologist with experience working abroad (Egypt, Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia) and domestically (Military Health System) on interdisciplinary teams. I am interested in emerging, infectious pathogens of humans and animals and working in multi-host disease systems.

Tyler Heyne / Human Resources Administrative Assistant
Phone: (970) 491-0827

Helping out the Biology Department with the search for, and hiring of, Administrative Professionals and State Classified Appointments. I also assist the Office Manger in a few other areas as well.

Liz Hysen / Lead Academic Success Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-8309

Tessema Kassaw / Research Scientist I
Phone: (970) 491-3320
Office: Biology 231

Rita Knoll / Biology Department Office Manager
Phone: (970) 491-8219
Office: 111p

Mihika Kozma / Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: (970) 495-5631

Ross Madden / Assistant Director of Information Technology
Phone: (970) 491-5710
Office: Biology 302

Diane McCarthy / Research Proposal Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-4275
Office: Biology 111N

Cecilia Milano de Tomasel / Research Associate
Phone: (970) 491-7802
Office: Biology 304

I am interested in the study of the interaction between organisms and their environment for the regulation of different ecosystem processes. My areas of interest are nematode communities, soil ecology, and soil biodiversity. My previous professional work has been mainly focused on the study of nematodes. I earned a degree in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina) working with Meloidogyne in potato cultivars at INTA and later a M.Sc. in Plant Pathology at CSU working with Ditylenchus Dipsaci and Aphelenchoides Ritzema-bosi in alfalfa. Before joining Diana Wall’s group as Lab Manager, I worked as head nematologist/pathologist at a private plant disease diagnostic laboratory.

Brooke Montgomery / Research Associate IV
Phone: (970) 491-7441
Office: Biology 248

Amy Olson / Travel and P-cards
Phone: (970) 491-7014

As a horticulturist, Landscape Architect, and Accountant, I understand the worlds of science, art, and business and work to bridge these worlds while also learning more about the research that our department performs and excitedly share the excitement of this knowledge with those around me.

Rafael Orozco / Academic Success Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-5757

Laura Perry / Resch Sci/Scholar II
Phone: (970) 226-9196
Office: Nrrl 100

Kasavajhala Prasad / Resch Sci/Scholar II
Phone: (970) 495-2384
Office: Biology 416

Dorothy Ramirez / Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-1923
Office: Biology 111K

Abbie Reade / Academic Success Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-8578
Office: Biology 111

Hanna Royals / Research Associate III

Daniel Salkeld / Research Scientist II
Phone: (970) 495-2644
Office: Biology 432

Teia Schweizer / PhD Student
Phone: (970) 495-5282
Office: Biology 308

Kyle Taitt / Technical/Support II

Alex Tate / Research Associate I

Sheela Turbek / Postdoctoral Fellow

Aaron Vanasse / CNSIT South IT Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-6284

Eliza Walthers / Research Associate I
Phone: (970) 495-2997

Maxwell Ware / Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: (970) 495-5281
Office: Biology 452

Courtney Watson / Communications, Events and Facilities Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-8804
Office: 111i

Maggie Weir / Academic Success Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-8870
Office: 111E

Kate Wilkins / Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: (970) 495-3799
Office: Biology 346

Jennie Willis / Prof/Indiv Contrib III
Phone: (970) 491-2993
Office: Biology 252