Major in Psychobiology

Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Psychobiology Program Faculty

Bryant Buchanan

Bryant W. Buchanan

, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Phone: (315) 792-3131
Office: 162 Gordon Science Center

Studies the effects of light pollution on wildlife such as frogs and salamanders. Recent work emphasizes studies of the effects of artificial night lighting on the behavior, physiology, and reproduction of frogs, salamanders, and snails in collaboration with S. Wise, T. McCarthy, and T. Provost. He also studies the evolution of reproductive behavior, nocturnal vision, and foraging behavior of nocturnal amphibians. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He joined the Utica College faculty in 2001. ...More About Bryant W. Buchanan

Dr. Dan Kurtz

Daniel Kurtz

, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Phone: (315) 792-3923
Office: 183 Gordon Science Center

Dr. Kurtz's research centers on sensory biology with a strong emphasis on odor discrimination associated with consumer products and the nature of different forms of olfactory loss. ...More About Daniel Kurtz

Amy E. Lindsey

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Phone: (315) 792-3806
Office: 205 Faculty Center

Dr. Amy Lindsey is an associate professor of psychology at Utica College in Utica, NY. Her area of expertise is neuroscience and psychophysics. ...More About Amy E. Lindsey

Arlene Lundquist

Arlene R. Lundquist

, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Phone: (315) 792-3169
Office: 207 Faculty Center

Dr. Lundquist is a generalist in the field of Psychology with experience teaching more than 20 different undergraduate and graduate courses. ...More About Arlene R. Lundquist

Dr. Tom McCarthy

Thomas (Tom) M. McCarthy

, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Phone: (315) 223-2510
Office: 163 Gordon Science Center

Specializes in how organisms avoid being killed by predators, how organisms find and assess potential mates, and the trade-offs associated with balancing these activities. His Ph.D., which focuses on the factors that influence the mating systems, was received from the University of Kentucky in 2003. He joined the Utica College faculty in 2004. ...More About Thomas M. McCarthy

Adam Pack

Adam K. Pack

, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Phone: (315) 792-3129
Office: 160 Gordon Science Center

Specializes in the vestibular and auditory sensory organs in the inner ears of mammals. His Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology was completed at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. Dr. Pack joined the Utica College faculty in 2001. ...More About Adam K. Pack

Professor Provost

Terri L. Provost

, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Phone: (315) 792-5286
Office: 164 Gordon Science Center

Specializes in nutrition and endocrinology and the effects of environmental factors such as exposure to PCBs on normal endocrine function. Her Ph.D. is from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, in Biological Sciences. Dr. Provost joined the Utica College faculty in 2001. ...More About Terri L. Provost

Steven M. Specht, Ph.D.

Steven M. Specht

, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Phone: (315) 792-3171
Office: 206 Faculty Center

Dr. Specht was trained as a psychobiologist but has recently re-focused his research on investigating the factors which influence how individuals perceive artwork. Dr. Specht is also an award-winning collage artist. He teaches courses in research design and statistics, psychobiology and a course entitled “Psychology and the Visual Arts”. ...More About Steven M. Specht

Jessica Thomas

Jessica H. Thomas

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Phone: (315) 792-3755
Office: 161 Gordon Science Center
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Specializes in the molecular control of cell-cell fusion and its effect on development in the roundworm C. elegans (Caenorhabditis elegans). Her Ph.D. in Genetics and Developmental Biology is from The University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT. Dr. Thomas joined the UC Biology Faculty in 2012. ...More About Jessica H. Thomas

Dr Sharon Wise

Sharon E. Wise

, Ph.D.
Dean School of Arts & Sciences

Phone: (315) 792-3028
Office: 286 Gordon Science Center

Specializes in behavioral ecology and conservation biology of terrestrial salamanders. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Stephens College in 2001. She has a Ph.D. from The University of Louisiana, Lafayette in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, and joined the Utica College faculty in 2001. ...More About Sharon E. Wise


Sharon Wise, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
161 Gordon Science Center

(315) 792-3356
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