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Dr. Alyssa Kiesow
Assistant Professor of Biology

Winona State University, A.A., Liberal Arts
South Dakota State University, B.S., Biology
South Dakota State University, M.S., Biology
University of South Dakota, Ph.D., Biology

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 223
Phone: 605-626-7707
REU mentor role: Genetic structure of American white pelicans at two large colonial nesting sites




Research-related publications:
Kiesow, A. M., E. M. Monroe, and H. B. Britten. 2012. Genetic Structure of two arboreal squirrel species, Glaucomys sabrinus and Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, in the Black Hills, South Dakota. Accepted 10 July 2012. (Journal of Canadian Zoology).

Kiesow, A. M., T. Kasmarik, and R. Binstock. 2011. Detection of domestic cattle gene introgression in a small population of North American bison. Proceedings of South Dakota Academy of Science 90: 79 – 85.

Kiesow, A. M., L. E. Wallace, and H. B. Britten. 2011. Characterization and isolation of microsatellite loci for northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus). Western North American Naturalist 71: 553–556.

Viall, E., C. R. Fellbaum, and A. M. Kiesow. 2009. Distinguishing between G. volans and G. sabrinus using microsatellite analyses. Proceedings of South Dakota Academy of Science 88: 119 – 126.




Dr. Susan Landon-Arnold
Professor of Biology


B.A., Edinborough University; M.S., Duquesne University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 208
Phone: 605-626-2352
REU mentor role: Assessment of secretory immunoglobulin A in American white pelicans at two large colonial nesting sites



Dr. Susan Landon-Arnold has  been director of research and coordinator of biology and chemistry at Northern. She was an environmental scientist, microbiologist and visiting research biologist in the Environmental Protection Division at the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory in Port Hueneme, Calif.

Research-related publications:
Landon-Arnold, S., Lenore M. Koczon, Carol Weigel, and Duane Wilson. 1996.
The Use of a Miniaturized Most Probable Number Technique for Assessing Bioremediation Capabilities of Petroleum Contaminated Soil SDAS Proc

Lenore M. Koczon, Susan Landon-Arnold, 1996. Frank Birch and Nicole Manning. Assessment of the Impact of Diesel Fuel Contamination on Plant Growth, Microbial Biodegradation. SDAS Proc.

Landon-Arnold, S. and Lenore Koczon. 1995. Assessment of the Degradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Native, Preadapted Microorganisms. Midwest groundwater Conference, Columbia Missouri.

Koczon,Lenore and S. Landon-Arnold. 1995. Assessment of the Degradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Native Preadapted Microorganisms: Chemical Analysis. Midwest Meeting of the American Chemical Society Meeting.

Landon-Arnold, S., L. M. Koczon. 1995. The Ability of Isolated Microorganisms to Degrade Phenoxyalkonoic Herbicides. American Society of Microbiology, 95th General Meeting proceedings.




Dr. Jon Mitchell
Assistant Professor of Biology

BS – Microbiology, University of Illinois
Ph.D. – Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 232
Phone: 605-626-2458

REU mentor role: Hylogenetic characterization of fecal/environmental microbial communities in American white pelicans at two large colonial nesting sites

Research-related publications:
Nailah Orr, Scott W. Chouinard, Kevin R. Cook, Chaoxian Geng, Jim M. Gifford, Gary D. Gustafson, James M. Hasler, Ignacio M. Larrinua, Ted J. Letherer, Jon C. Mitchell, William L. Pak, Vincent L. Salgado, Thomas C. Sparks, Geoff E. Stilwell, Gerald B. Watson. (2009) A spinosyn-sensitive Drosophila melanogaster nicotinic acetylcholine receptor identified through chemically induced target site resistance, resistance gene identification, and heterologous expression. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology doi:10.1016/j.ibmb.2009.11.004



Hahn, D.R., Gustafson, G., Waldron, C., Bullard, B., Jackson, J.D., and Mitchell, J.C. (2006) Butenyl-spinosyns, a natural example of genetic engineering of antibiotic biosynthetic genes. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, 33(2), 94-104.

Vipula K. Shukla, Yannick Doyon, Jeffrey C. Miller, Russell C. DeKelver, Erica A. Moehle, Sarah E. Worden, Jon C. Mitchell, Nicole L. Arnold, Sunita Gopalan, Xiangdong Meng, Vivian M. Choi, Jeremy M. Rock, Ying-Ying Wu, George E. Katibah, Gao Zhifang, David McCaskill, Matthew A. Simpson, Beth Blakeslee, Scott A. Greenwalt, Holly J. Butler, Sarah J. Hinkley, Lei Zhang, Edward J. Rebar, Philip D. Gregory & Fyodor D. Urnov. (2009) Precise genome modification in the crop species Zea mays using zinc-finger nucleases. Nature doi:10.1038/nature07992.





Ms. Alyssa Anderson
Assistant Professor of Biology

B.A., Biology, St. Olaf College

Ph.D Candidate (Doctoral degree completion expected August 2012), Entomology, University of Minnesota
Phone: 605-

REU mentor role: Elucidation of invertebrate communities and examination of nest site success rates in American white pelicans at two colonial nesting sites

Research-related publications:
Anderson, A.M., R. W. Bouchard, & L.C. Ferrington. 2011. Hibernal emergence of Chironomidae (Diptera) in relation to stream size in Kansas, USA. Contemporary Chironomid Studies – Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Chironomidae

Anderson, A.M. 2009. Telling river stories: Winter emergers on the Root River. University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment River Life Program. Available online at:

Anderson, A.M. & L.C. Ferrington. In Press – Intended publication date, October 2012. Time-efficiency of sorting Chironomidae surface-floating pupal exuviae samples from urban trout streams in Northeast Minnesota. Fauna Norvegica.

Anderson, A.M. & L.C. Ferrington. Accepted pending revisions – anticipated publication, early 2013. Resistance and resilience of winter-emerging Chironomidae (Diptera): Climate change implications for Minnesota trout streams. Hydrobiologia.

Anderson, A.M., E. Stur, & T. Ekrem. Submitted to Freshwater Science. Strength of combined forces: molecular and morphological methods reveal cryptic diversity and three new species of Nearctic Micropsectra (Diptera: Chironomidae).