Title: Associate Professor
Department: Biology and Environmental Science
Education: Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007; Master of Science in Entomology, University of California – Davis, 1998; Bachelor of Science in Biology, SUNY Buffalo, 1996
Research Interests: I am interested in pollinators, especially bees. This past year MaLisa Spring ’14, as part of the Investigative Studies program and the Biology Capstone, surveyed the bee species present in Washington County and looked at floral constancy of some species. I am interested in continuing this work with future students. I am also researching the phenomenon of UV fluorescence by xystodesmid millipedes, as well as establishing the range of Semionellus placidus, a millipede species not previously reported in Washington County but discovered here by Derek Hennen ’12 as part of a class project.
Recent Publications: Abstracts
- Shartle E, Lustofin K. 2013. The effect of caffeine and caffeine deprivation on memory in Mus musculus. Ohio Journal of Science. 113(1): A15.
- Gillian G, Lustofin K. 2013. Repercussions of fluoxetine administration during embryonic development. Ohio Journal of Science. 113(1): A23. Oral Presentations
- Spring M, Lustofin K, McShaffrey D. February 2014. Bee diversity and floral constancy in Washington County, Ohio. Presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH.
- Lustofin K. April 2013. Analysis of UV fluorescence by two common millipede species from Southeastern Ohio. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Charleston, WV.
- Lustofin K. July 2012. Phoretic mites associated with Bombus species in Washington County, Ohio. Presented at the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education Annual Symposium, Athens, OH.
- Lustofin K. February 2014. Semionellus placidus natural history and distribution in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Poster presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH.
- McShaffrey M, Hennen D, Spring M, Lustofin K, Remeneric D. February 2014. A Preliminary ATBI (All-Taxa Biotic Inventory) for the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station, Washington County, Ohio. Poster presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH.
- Spring M, Lustofin K. August 2013. Bee populations and pollination services in Washington County, Ohio. Poster presented at the International Pollinator Conference, State College, PA.
- Shartle E, Lustofin K. April 2013. The effect of caffeine and caffeine deprivation on memory in Mus musculus. Poster presented at the Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Findlay, OH.
- Gillian G, Lustofin K. April 2013. Repercussions of fluoxetine administration during embryonic development. Poster presented at the Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Findlay, OH.
- Hennen D, Lustofin K, McShaffrey D. February 2012. UV fluorescing millipedes from southeastern Ohio. Poster presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH.
Courses (Fall 2014): Modern Biology, Animal Physiology, Animal Behavior
Courses (Spring 2015): Modern Biology, Introductory Biology Lab II, Evolution, and Invasive Species
Phone: (740) 376-4745
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
The two comments I see most often on student evaluations are that I am enthusiastic and my courses are challenging. I also try to make the material relevant and place it in the context of current events. For example, while discussing gene knockout techniques in my Developmental Biology class, we also discussed the dilemma faced by scientists working with knockout strains during the recent government shutdown.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
Working with students on research projects, whether as part of Investigative Studies, capstone, or lab classes.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
When I’m not in the college classroom, I enjoy getting off campus and doing research at the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station as well doing educational outreach with local second and fifth graders as part of the MC2 program. In my free time, and in particular in the summer, I enjoy hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and doing agility and obedience training with my dogs.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
Actual books — there is nothing quite like the smell of a new book!'
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
Bartlett 280, which we have dubbed the Institute of Arthropod Research, because it is where my students congregate to do research on insects and other arthropods. We have also been known to get a little silly in there.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
Christmas with the Concert Choir. I have no musical talent but I love hearing our students show off theirs, plus Dan Monek always chooses a fantastic mix of holiday favorites and new music.