Catalyzers of Change

Our faculty are a positive force both on their students and within their discipline. Not only will you learn from experts who are passionate and connected to the greater scientific community, you can also roll up your sleeves and partner with them on projects.

Learn from experts who specialize in everything from ornithology, pharmacology and toxicology to genetics and evolution. Join them in the lab, in the forest or on the water.

  • Nicholas A. Baer

    Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3066 | nbaer@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined the faculty in 2004. Received B.A. from University of Vermont and Ph.D. from University of Maryland. Teaching interests include freshwater biology, conservation biology, ecology, water resources, and environmental studies. Research interests are in freshwater foodweb dynamics, aquatic macroinvertebrates, water quality, ecosystem structure and function, particularly relating how aquatic organisms respond to changes in water parameters such as pH, conductivity, and nitrogen, phosphorus, dissolved organic carbon concentrations.

    Professor Baer teaches courses in ecology, freshwater biology, conservation biology, community and environmental studies, and other sciences. Courses concentrate on exploring the surrounding landscape, flora, and fauna, as well as how humans interact with natural resources. Professor Baer leads activities and field trips throughout New Hampshire, and takes advantage of the natural resources in the lakes around New London.

    Professor Baer's research interests in water quality and how human derived impacts affect water resources allow him to incorporate students in his on-going studies in the region. Professor Baer is currently collaborating with a community-based lake association, as well as several other researchers from additional institutions to investigate how water quality changes in the Lake Sunapee watershed affects the foodweb dynamics in streams, and heavy metal transport within the foodweb. See research section for additional details on both his research and recent undergraduate research projects. read more…

  • Christine Bieszczad

    Associate Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3061 | cbieszczad@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined the faculty in 2008. Received Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Dartmouth Medical School in 1999. Areas of expertise include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology and cancer biology. read more…

  • James Jukosky

    Associate Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3379 | james.jukosky@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined faculty in 2010. B.S. in Zoology from University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Systems Physiology from Dartmouth College. Professor Jukosky's has way too many research interests, they include: the effects of pollutants on reproduction in wildlife, how chronic exposure to arsenic in drinking water impairs the immune system, using recombineering to engineer knockout mouse models, the effects of cigarette smoke exposure on antimicrobials peptides produces in the upper airways, and Canada Warbler genetics. read more…

  • Benjamin B. Steele

    Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3677 | bsteele@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined the faculty in 1988. Received B.S. from Harvard, M.S. from Utah State and Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. Teaching interests include ecology, evolution, animal behavior and environmental studies. Research interests are in bird behavior and population studies, particularly related to migrating birds and sea ducks. Professor Steele is also a director of the New England Institute for Landscape Ecology, which sponsors research projects in New England and Alaska.

    I teach courses in ecology, animal behavior, evolution, conservation biology, Environmental Studies, and other sciences. In my classes, I focus on the natural environment around New London as much as possible. I am also very involved in curriculum development, including quantitative literacy liberal education.

    I continue to do research on bird conservation. Since my most recent sabbatical, I have continued studying the Common Eider in Finland. This fascinating bird has interesting social behaviors, including joint care of young, but also suffers from declining populations. I plan to continue this work, accompanied by students when possible. I also have been involved in the clean-up of a toxic chemical that has killed thousands of ducks in Alaska. Students have accompanied me on that study as well. read more…

  • Chery A. Whipple Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3679 | chery.whipple@colby-sawyer.edu

    Chery A. Whipple, Ph.D., joined the Colby-Sawyer College faculty in 2017. Professor Whipple has a B.S. in Biology from Lake Erie College as well as a M.S. in Education and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New Hampshire. Following her graduate work, Professor Whipple spent 12 years researching pancreatic and skin cancer at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center before joining CSC. She is excited to share her extensive research experience with her students at Colby-Sawyer. Professor Whipple teaches courses in biology, microbiology, genetics, anatomy and physiology and laboratory techniques. She has recently developed two new integrative study courses; the first is a field course on tropical communities (in Belize) and the second is a cancer epidemiology course.

    Professor Whipple is particularly interested in guiding undergraduate research projects and is an instructor in the NH-INBRE supported summer research course. Professor Whipple continues to study cancer cell lines at Colby-Sawyer focusing on the interaction between the cancer cells of a tumor and the normal cells that surround the tumor and how we might be able to hinder aberrant communication between them. Another area of interest, which several new students are investigating alongside Professor Whipple, is impact of emerging groundwater contaminants on indicator species (such as the non-parasitic worm, and model organism, C. elegans). read more…

  • Peter A. White

    Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3681 | pwhite@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined the faculty in 2001. Received B.S. from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Ph.D. from Indiana State University. Teaching interests include physiology, cellular pathophysiology, cellular biology and molecular biology. Professor White's research interests focus on the cellular and molecular events which characterize acute renal (kidney) failure. Specifically, the alterations to the cell membrane and the underlying actin cytoskeleton of renal proximal tubular cells in response to ATP-depletion. He is also interested in science education and is a member of the Association of College and University Biology Educators. read more…