Ohio University Southern Biology Department provides the central learning experience for students who are interested in pursuing Pre-professional degree programs and traditional biological sciences at OU-Athens.
OUS Biology faculty participates in interdepartmental programs including Nursing, Applied Health Technologies and Psychology.
Our mission is to engage students in scholarly pursuits that benefit their preparation for life-long learning and societal engagement.
We provide an environment where students may develop disciplinary competencies necessary for their chosen career fields. We offer opportunities for faculty-student mentoring and out-of-classroom learning and research opportunities.
You can reach the Biology Department at:
Ohio University Southern
253 Riffe Center
1804 Liberty Avenue
Ironton, OH 45638
The Biology Department is located at Ohio University Southern Campus in historic Southeastern Ohio Appalachia.
Faculty and Staff
Office: Riffe Center 253
Associate Professor of Plant Biology
Office: Riffe Center 157
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and
Coordinator of Environmental Engineering Technology
Office: Dingus Technology Center 224
- Water Quality Analysis Field Studies
- Medicinal Plant micropropagation
- Effects of large scale agricultural herbicide on amphibian sexual development and morphology
- Histopathological studies of laboratory grown tadpoles exposed to Atrazine
During this demonstration, students were exposed to the genetics of the apple tree and the procedures that are required to plant, cultivate and graft a frost-resistant tree. It is hoped that the zoology students will take this knowledge and appreciation of the apple and ultimately produce a stock of hardy resistance and adaptability to extreme climate shifts.
But this research will be a slow process. It takes about seven years from grafting a tree to seeing fruit develop on it. Students, however, will benefit by having the opportunity to observe and care for the tree’s development throughout their educational experience at OUS.
Ohio University Student Enhancement Award
This year, our students were recipients of the Ohio University Student Enhancement Award. They have been measuring alterations in cognition and mood in undergraduate students who are exposed to particulate negative ions. For this study, the co-investigators collect data, including vital signs, metabolic neurotransmitter levels and alterations in brain waves when participants are exposed to particulate air found in the classroom, outdoors and in the proximity of waterfalls.