Division of Biological and Physical Sciences
Faculty and Staff



Nina L. Baghai Riding, Ph.D.

  Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Dr. Baghai-Riding B.S., University of Wyoming
M.S., University of Idaho
M.S., University of Rochester
Ph.D., University of Texas
Joined DSU faculty in 1999

Office: Caylor 239
Phone: 662-846-4797
E-mail: nbaghai@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Riding’s web page
Teaches: Biology and Human Concerns, Fundamentals of Environmental Science, Materials and Methods in Environmental Science, Physical Geology for the Life Sciences, Environmental Geology, Economic Botany, Elements of Plant Systematics, and Conservation Biology

Research interests: Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary palynomorphs, paleoecology, paleobotany, and vertebrate paleontology

Joseph A. Bentley, Ph.D.

  Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Joe Bentley B.S., M.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ph.D., University of Texas
Joined DSU faculty in 1993

Office: Walters 180G
Office Phone: 662-846-4482
E-mail: jbentley@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Bentley’s web page
Teaches: General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences, Chemical and Physical Thermodynamics

Research interests: Theoretical Spectroscopy, Electron Structure Theory, Quantum Mechanics

Eric Ardell Blackwell, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., M.S., Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
Joined DSU faculty in 2005

Office: Caylor 236
Office Phone: 662-846-4247
E-mail: eblackwell@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Blackwell’s web page
Teaches: Principles of Biology, Ecology, Dendrology, Field Herpetology, Wetland Ecology, Population Ecology

Barry Glenn Campbell, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Campbell B.A., University of Tennessee
M.S., Ph.D.., Tulane University
Joined DSU faculty in 1999

Office: Walters 150
Phone: 662-846-4252
E-mail:bcampbel@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Campbell’s web page
Teaches: Parasitology, Medical Entomology, Histology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Medical Terminology

Lacey Fitts

  Instructor of Science Education
Lacey Fitts B.A., Mississippi State University
M.S., Vanderbilt University
Joined DSU facutly in 2008

Office: Walters 179
Phone: 662-846-4496
E-mail: lfitts@deltastate.edu
Visit Ms. Fitts web page
Teaches: Investigating the Natural World

Alina Maria Gabryszewska-Kukawa, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor of Physics and Director of Wiley Planetarium
Nurse Practitioner, Specialist for Delivering, Gniezno, Poland
M.S., Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozan, Poland
PhD, Warsaw Technical University, Warsaw, Poland
Joined DSU faculty in 2006

Office: Walters 180C
Phone: 662-846-4478
E-mail: akukawa@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Kukawa’s web page
Teaches: General Physics, Astronomy, Advanced Astronomy

Ellen Samantha Green, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Green B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Joined DSU faculty in 2007

Office: Caylor 136
Phone: 662-846-4484
E-mail:esgreen@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Green’s web page
Teaches: Principles of Biology, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Evolution and Systematics

Séverine C. Groh, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Groh B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
Joined DSU faculty in 2012

Office: Caylor 134
Phone: 662-846-4245
E-mail: sgroh@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Groh’s web page
Teaches: Anatomy and Physiology, Mammalian Physiology, advanced physiology

Jill Halley Harper, M.S.

  Instructor of Chemistry
Ms. Harper B.S., Delta State University
M.S.N.S., Delta State University
Joined DSU faculty in 1990

Office: Walters 180 F
Phone: 662-846-4481
E-mail:jharper@deltastate.edu
Web: Visit Ms. Harper’s web page
Teaches: General Chemistry, Survey of Organic Chemistry, Survery of Biochemistry

Christopher Jurgenson, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Jurgenson B.S., 1998, Indiana University, Bloomington
M.S., 2002, Seton Hall University
Ph.D., 2008, Cornell University
Joined DSU faculty in 2013

Office: Walters 180 I
Phone: 662-846-4486
E-mail: cjurgenson@deltastate.edu
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Teaches: Biochemistry

William Jira Katembe, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Katembe B.S., 1980, Kenyatta University College, Nairobi, Kenya
M.S., 1990, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Ph.D., 1994, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Joined DSU faculty in 2000

Office: Caylor 135
Phone: 662-846-4249
E-mail:jkatembe@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Katembe’s web page
Teaches: Principles of Biology, Cell Biology, DNA Science/Biotechnology

Tanya Kelly McKinney, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., Tougaloo College
Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
Joined DSU faculty in 2007

Office: Caylor 133
Phone: 662-846-4244
E-mail:tmckinney@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. McKinney’s web page
Teaches: Principles of Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Microbial Genetics, Medical Microbiology

A.H.M Ali Reza, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor of Biology
Ali Reza B.S., M.Sc., Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh
Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Joined DSU faculty in 2011

Office: Caylor 138
Phone: 662-846-4242
E-mail: areza@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Reza’s web page
Dr. Reza’s personal website
Teaches: Wildlife Ecology and Management Courses, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Habitat Management

Charles Byron Smithhart, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Smithhart B.S., Delta State University
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Joined DSU faculty in 2003

Office: Walters 180 B
Phone: 662-846-4477
E-mail:csmithrt@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Smithhart’s web page
Teaches: General Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis, Environmental Chemistry

Alline Marie Somlai, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Somlai B.S., Samford University
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Joined DSU faculty in 2004

Office: Walters 180 D
Phone: 662-846-4479
E-mail:asomlai@deltastate.edu
Visit Dr. Somlai’s web page
Teaches: Organic Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Principles of Pharmacology, Introduction to Polymer Science

John Dickinson Tiftickjian, Jr., Ph.D.

  Professor of Biology
Dr. Tiftickjian B.S., 1976, University of Florida
M.S., 1979, Washington State University
Ph.D., 1983, Washington State University
Joined DSU faculty in 1984

Office: Caylor 137
Phone: 662-846-4246
E-mail:jtift@deltastate.edu
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Teaches: Principles of Biology, Genetics, Plant Physiology, Plant Anatomy, Biology of Nonvascular Plants

Research interests: Phycology, plant anatomy and physiology, development of computer and Internet resources for teaching biology

Yongqin Zhang, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor of Physical Geography
Graduate Coordinator of MAS-GIT Program
Yongqin Zhang B.Sc., M.Sc., Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Joined DSU faculty in 2011

Office: Caylor 237
Phone: 662-846-4251
E-mail: yzhang@deltastate.edu
Teaches: Community Growth, Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing, Photogrammetry, Advanced Sensor Systems and Data Collection, Information Extraction using Multi-, Hyper- and Ultra-Spectral Data

Research interests: hyperspectral remote sensing applications for forest, grassland and agriculture research, terrestrial ecosystem carbon and water modeling, integration of remote sensing and GIS for natural resources management

Barbara Knight

  Senior Secretary, Division of Biological and Physical Sciences
Barbara Knight Joined Division staff in 2004

Office: Walters 150
Phone: 662-846-4240
E-mail: bknight@deltastate.edu

DSU Staff Person of the Month, April 2005

Susan Chow

  Adiministrative Assistant, Department of Education Title III Grant
Susan Chow Joined Division staff in 2009

Office: Caylor 139
Phone: 662-846-4243
E-mail: schow@deltastate.edu



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