Faculty and Staff

Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.

Position: Assoc Professor, BIO - Department Chair
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-7081
E-Mail: KThoemke@css.edu

Assistant Professor, Biology
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
B.S. University of Minnesota

Position: Retiree - G. Bown
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6063
E-Mail: GBown@css.edu

Assistant Instructor: Biology
B.S. South Dakota State University

Position: Professor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6060
E-Mail: GCizadlo@css.edu
Website: View

Professor: Biology
Ph.D. South Dakota State University
M.S. South Dakota State University
B.S.N. South Dakota State University

Gerald R. Cizadlo, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biology at the School of Science. Dr. Cizadlo’s areas of specialty include human physiology and embryology. Dr. Cizadlo’s research areas include mechanisms of obesity, mammalian embryonic development and online pedagogical methods. Dr. Cizadlo teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, embryology, biology of aging, endocrinology and histology.

Position: Asst Prof, Human Anat, SHS/SSC
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-5961
E-Mail: kdurickeder@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-7026
E-Mail: pfreeman2@css.edu

PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Evolution Ecology Behavior
MS, North Dakota State University, Zoology
BA, University of St. Thomas, Biology

I am a broadly trained organismal biologist. Most of my experience is in behavioral ecology and field biology. My current projects investigate the life history tradeoffs and behavior of juveniles in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) and eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) systems. I am interested in behavior during the juvenile period and parent offspring conflict. I have also worked on individual vocal identification of Barred Owls (Strix varia) and moth diversity in the Queensland, Australia rainforests.

I team teach General Biology 1 and 2, and also teach Animal Behavior, Ornithology and Human Biology.

Position: Instructor/Dir of Anatomy Labs
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6063
E-Mail: ljensen3@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-5904
E-Mail: knemeth1@css.edu

I grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin and obtained my undergraduate degree in Biology and French from Marquette University. After graduating I worked for a small biotech company and in a clinical hospital lab in SE WI. I decided to return for my doctorate in Cancer Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  I did my research at St. Jude's Childrens Hospital in Memphis, TN. I did a post doctorial training at the University of Minnesota- Duluth. 


My academic interests include educational research and the study of drug transporters and development in models. My interest in science is rooted my curiosity in the processes of life and how “things” work.


In my spare time I like to read, cook new dishes and listen to different types of music.   I am supported by my husband (Christopher) and two sons (Charlie and August) and Border Collie (Joy). Our family also includes one very friendly eleven-year-old sugar glider, Piper.

Position: Instructor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: 733-2281
E-Mail: VOlson@css.edu

Instructor: Biology
M.S. University of Minnesota
B.S. St. Cloud State University

Position: Assoc Professor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6059
E-Mail: DWalton@css.edu
Website: View

Associate Professor, Biology
Ph.D. Iowa State University
B.S. University of Minnesota

Position: Instructor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6073
E-Mail: JWattrus@css.edu
Website: View

Instructor, Biology
M.S., Environmental Sciences, University of North Texas, 1993
Certification in Secondary Education, University of Texas, 1985
B.S., Biology, University of Minnesota, 1981

My areas of interest in the biological sciences are at the 'organismal level'. I teach Field Biology, Ecology, Plant Systematics, Current Environmental Topics and Life Science. I am also the CSS Greenhouse Manager. My research interests are in the areas of sustainability and environmental issues.

Position: Assoc Professor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 733-2277
E-Mail: DWesthol@css.edu

Assistant Professor: Biology
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
B.S. University of Minnesota