Rebecca Burton
Alverno College


Rebecca Burton teaches animal behavior, ecology, zoology, environmental science, human anatomy & physiology, science methods, and introductory biology for majors and non-majors at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. Her primary interests are in behavioral ecology, but she has also worked in plant restoration ecology, immunology, and neurobiology. Her current research is on how language use influences the effectiveness of college biology textbooks.  Becky received her B.S. from The Evergreen State College, her M.A. in zoology from the University of Montana, and her doctorate in ecology from Kansas State University. Her postdoc was at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis



Executive Secretary of Finance
Greg Smith

Lakeland College


Greg Smith is always working to create new ways for his students to learn. A member of the Lakeland’s faculty since 2003, Dr. Smith is co-founder of Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE), which allows students to work alongside their faculty as peers in conducting primary research. Greg always has students in the program that he pushes to explore new avenues in science. He partnered with fellow biology faculty member Paul Pickhardt to create Lakeland’s tropical biology course in Belize, an amazing hands-on opportunity to conduct research in the rainforest. Students find in Greg a supportive mentor who’s quick with a smile. Greg also serves as the faculty advisor for the college’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity.


Executive Secretary of Membership, Website Editor, and Past President
Christina Wills

Rockhurst University


Christina Wills is an Associate Biology Professor at Rockhurst University in Kansas City Missouri. At Rockhurst she teaches General Biology I and II, Biology for Non-Majors, Anatomy and Physiology, and the senior capstone course.  Her scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) research focuses on democratic science classrooms and service learning.  Christina’s other research interests include physiological ecology of invertebrates and urban ecology.  She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 1998.  In 2007, Christina earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is an avid Middle Eastern dancer and has performed and taught professionally since 2001.  In 2014 she discovered roller derby and was drafted to the Kansas City Roller Warriors as a Black Eye Susan.  She has been a member of ACUBE since 2008, has served as the Executive Membership Secretary for Membership from 2012-2015, and is now serving as the ACUBE president.


Executive Secretary
Paul Pickhardt

Lakeland College


Paul Pickhardt is an Associate Professor of Biology at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  He teaches Ecology, Evolution, Environmental Science, Life Sciences II (Diversity of Life), Tropical Biology, Invertebrate Biology and Parasitology, Botany, Forestry, Scientific Analysis and Writing, and an Environment and Consumption course. Paul’s research program focuses on the ecotoxicology of mercury at the base of aquatic food webs and he’s particularly interested in how sub-lethal concentrations of mercury accumulate, are transferred, and impact primary producers and their invertebrate consumers in freshwater habitats.  He has been a member of ACUBE since 2007 and is delighted to be serving on the steering committee from 2011 to 2013. For more about Paul, see his website at pickhardt/research.asp


Program Chair and Steering Committee Member
Laurieann Klockow

Marquette University

Laurieann Klockow is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  Laurieann teaches medical microbiology to undergraduates, dental students and physician assistant students as well as courses in infectious diseases and public health to undergraduates.  Laurieann received her chemistry and french from Washington University- St. Louis and her PhD in biomolecular chemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison.   In graduate school, she was fortunate enough to participate in the HHMI Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching where she developed and taught a 1 credit introductory microbiology class under the mentorship of HHMI Professor, Jo Handelsman.  This ignited an interest in microbiology and she pursued a postdoc in a molecular virology lab looking at the role of the accessory proteins, Vpr and Vpx, in HIV’s ability to infect macrophages.  Her primary research interests have now turned to the scholarship of teaching and learning and in particular, she is interested in how drawing models improves students’ ability to learn and problem solve.   She lives in a suburb outside of Milwaukee with her husband and their three young sons (4 year old twins and a 20 month old).  She enjoys traveling to visit her in-laws in Germany, reading, and spending time outdoors.  One of these days, she hopes to get back to her pre-kid pastime of  whitewater kayaking.


Local Arrangements Chair and Steering Committee Member
Khadijah (Gigi) Makky
Marquette University

Dr. Khadijah (Gigi) Makky is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Makky’s work focuses on teaching lecture courses, advising pre-health students, and research.

Dr. Makky teaches advanced human genetics to undergraduate and professional students. She also co-teaches an interdisciplinary class, “Biology, Moral Behavior and Policy,” a unique class that spans multiple disciplines and gives students a broad prospective on moral dilemmas and decision-making practices. These courses employ problem solving teaching techniques designed to help students develop critical thinking skills. Currently, Dr. Makky’s SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) research focuses on the effects of active-based learning on the academic performance of different student populations.

In her advisory role, Dr. Makky counsels pre-health students in the process of exploring further educational or professional opportunities in health and research related fields.

As the director of the Molecular and Cellular Core Research Facility, Dr. Makky coordinates and collaborates with other researchers on various molecular neuroscience projects.


Conrad Toepfer

Brescia University

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Conrad is an Associate Professor at Brescia University in Owensboro, KY. He is an aquatic ecologist by training but, given Brescia’s size, is expected to cover everything from protists to ecosystems. He has taught nonmajors biology, ecology and evolution (and upper-level versions of both), biological diversity, applied environmental science, conservation biology, marine biology, animal behavior, vertebrate biology, advanced physiology, deep time biology, and statistics. Conrad joined ACUBE around 2000 and has been unsuccessfully avoiding governance duties for the past decade.  While he greatly appreciates receiving the 2013 Honorary Life Membership, he will probably contribute another decade’s worth of service before he feels like he earned it.


Editor of Bioscene
Robert Yost
Indiana University – Purdue University


Steering Committee Member
Jason Wiles
Syracuse University

Jason R. Wiles is a biology professor at Syracuse University. He also has courtesy appointments in the Department of Science Teaching and the Department of Earth Sciences. His research focuses on student understanding of and attitudes toward evolution and climate change, as well as on expanding diversity among students pursuing careers in biology and other STEM disciplines.


Steering Committee Member
Jessica Allen
Rockhurst University


Jessica Allen is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO.   Most of her experience teaching has been in introductory biology for non-majors.  She has also taught ecology and environmental science and teaches a 2 week study abroad trip in Nicaragua.  Her early interests included animal behavior and she studied the behavior of captive animals both in the lab and various zoos while earning her master’s degree at James Madison University in Virginia.  She went on to earn her PhD in Biology at Bowling Green State University studying the conservation and ecology of bat species in fragmented Midwestern oak savanna habitat.   Her current interests include delivery and assessment of informal education, and the foraging and roosting ecology of bats in fragmented landscapes.


Steering Committee Member
Holly Nance
College of Coastal Georgia

Holly Nance is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the College of Coastal Georgia. She earned a Master’s in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. Her research background is in population genetics, and she currently mentors undergraduate students whose research focuses on epigenetics, eDNA, and seafood mislabeling. She teaches intro biology courses, cell and molecular biology, and genetics.  She loves teaching and continues to work toward being an engaging and innovative instructor.

Steering Committee Member
Scott Shreve
Lindenwood University-Belleville

Scott Shreve is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Lindenwood University-Belleville in Belleville, IL.  He teaches Introductory Biology (evolution, ecology, and biodiversity), Animal Biology, Evolution, Invertebrate Zoology, and Field Taxonomy.  His research interests include the biodiversity of bark lice (Psocoptera), and fine-scale habitat preferences of insects.  In the classroom, he is interested the use of primary literature as a teaching tool.  Outside of work, he enjoys science fiction and playing games with his family.  He has been an ACUBE member since 2015, and joined the Steering Committee in 2017.

ACUBE’s Official Documents:

Constitution and By-Laws for operating procedures amended in 2008.

Articles of Incorporation for not-for-profit status.

Steering Committee Handbook to view description of officer responsibilities.