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Dr. Phillip D. Simpson
Dr. Simpson did research on algae early in his career, but for the past 20 years has been investigating the status of endangered orchid species in Latin America. His greenhouse serves to curate many orchids from both Nicaragua and Peru, and has received numerous awards from the American Orchid Society. 
Dr. John Landoldt

Dr. Landoldt is interested in the biology of slime molds, most particularly cellular slime molds or dictyostelids. He has a continuing project to discover the variety, the distribution and occurrence of cellular slime molds world-wide. To this end, he has made collections of dictyostelids from many parts of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico as well as Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Guinea and Ecuador in the new world and from the Russian Far East, Thailand, Guam, Tahiti, New Zealand and Macquarie Island in Asia and the Pacific. He endeavors to understand more about the natural history and ecology of slime molds.  An excellent guide to the dictyostelid slime molds of the Eastern U.S. can be found at: http://slimemold.uark.edu/pdfs/GSMNPDictyGuide.pdf

Dr. Ruth Conley
Dr. Conley's research focuses on the brain and behavior, with an emphasis on sensory systems.
Dr. Burt Lidgerding
Dr. Lidgerding has done research in the areas of cellular physiology with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Fisheries Research Laboratory in Kearneysville, WV and in immunology and virology at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, MD. 
Dr. Carol Plautz
Dr. Plautz conducts research on the molecules and processes involved in the development and growth of the vertebrate eye. Currently she approaches this subject by studying development in snails and frogs.
Dr. David Wing
In Dr. Wing's laboratory students are in the process of characterizing two  Arabidopsis thaliana mutants; one that is hypersensitive to copper and another that has yellow tipped first leaves. Using a different approach towards learning how a specific gene influences plant growth, Dr. Wing's laboratory is also investigating transgenic tobacco plants that express a gene for yeast metallothionein.  This protein tightly binds copper and its expression might affect steps in tobacco development that are dependent on copper.