Biology and Health Sciences Department
Dr. Nina Thumser
Dr. Peter Lindeman is a professor of Biology who joined the faculty of Edinboro University in 1999. He is an Oklahoma native who earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Bachelor of Art in honors German from Eastern Illinois University in 1985, a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of Idaho in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the University of Louisville in 1997. Prior to coming to Edinboro, he was an associate professor of Biology at Madisonville Community College in western Kentucky for ten years.
Dr. Lindeman’s research is focused on the ecology, evolution, life history, and conservation biology of freshwater turtles. In particular, much of his work in recent years has concerned the map turtles and sawbacks, a diverse genus of river-dwelling turtles of the eastern and central United States. These turtles are distinguished by their dietary diversity, replicated patterns of co-occurrence, and exceptional sexual size differences. Currently, he has field projects underway on Graptemys species and other turtles at Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania and the Pearl and Pascagoula river drainages of southern Mississippi. His past field projects have been conducted in Idaho, Washington, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. He is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on freshwater turtles as well as “The Map Turtle and Sawback Atlas: Ecology, Evolution, Distribution, and Conservation,” which was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2013.
Dr. William Mackay joined the EU faculty in 1999. He received his Bachelor of Science from McGill University (1977), a Master of Art from Hofstra University (1979), and a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University (1984) in addition to three postdoctoral research appointments at North Carolina State University (with Dr. Glenn Bewley), Boston University (with Dr. Edward Loechler), and Harvard University (with Dr. Leona Samson), teaching appointments at Saint Anselm College and Angelo State University, and as Director of Quality for a molecular toxicology company (Xenometrix, Inc.). Dr. Mackay has developed active research programs investigating the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, in addition to studying the inactivation of foodborne pathogens using sanitizing substances produced by radiant catalytic ionization. He is a full-time member of the Society of Toxicology since 1994 and the Treasurer (2003) and K-12 Outreach Representative (2014) for the Allegheny-Erie Society of Toxicology, and a faculty sponsor for the Pre-Healing Arts Club at EU.
Dr. Mackay is a “Black & Gold” sports enthusiast since seeing Roberto Clemente play for the Pirates in the 1960s. An avid golfer since his early playing days on a county record holding high school championship team at Bethpage Black, Dr. Mackay has recorded four aces during his career. His wife, Annette, graduated “Summa cum Laude” (4.0) in Sociology from EU in 2013. His daughter, Caroline, graduated as Valedictorian from General McLane High School, and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Forensic Science & Law from Duquesne University.
Dr. Craig Steele came to EU in 1990 after completing a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in applied aquatic ecology at Miami University (Ohio). He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Penn State and his Master of Science and PhD in Zoology from Texas A&M University. In addition, he completed the Complex Systems Summer School Program of the Santa Fe Institute.
His current research interest is the reduction of pathogens and food spoilage microbes from the surfaces of fruits, vegetables and fishes using radiant catalytic ionization. Since joining the faculty at EU, he has conducted research in many areas: fish assemblages near shipwrecks in Lake Erie; diet and size analysis of steelhead trout; exposure of brown bullhead to contaminated sediments; burying behaviors of sepiolid squids; cover-seeking behavior, organization of feeding and foraging behavior and sublethal effects of heavy metals on avoidance reactions and cover-seeking behavior of crayfishes; novelty, shoal size and transitivity in feeding behavior of fishes; food preferences and diet overlap of killifishes; the effect of wave energy on the distribution of inland silversides; song variation and mating success in red-winged blackbirds; and allometric growth in Crustacea.
Dr. Steele has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at EU, including Introduction to Biology, Principles of Biology, Environmental Biology, Human Biology, Human Genetics, Human Factors Analysis, Basic Immunology, Ichthyology, Marine Ichthyology, and Fish Ecology