Carroll College, Helena Montana


Dr. Sam Alvey

Dr. Sam AlveyAssociate Professor of Biology
Phone: 406-447-4313

Ph.D. University of California, Riverside,
B.S. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Areas of Interest: Soil Microbiology, Microbial Ecology

Courses Taught: Introductory Biology, Microbiology, Plant Physiology

"I enjoy seeing alumni come back to campus because I am almost always impressed with the activities, professions and contributions they are making in their communities and world."




Dr. Christine Eckel

Dr. Eckel and her English Setter, Zelda
Associate Professor of Biology
Phone: 406-447-5410

Ph.D. Neurobiology & Anatomy, University of Utah School of Medicine
M.A. Human Biodynamics, University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Interest: Human gross anatomy, microanatomy, physiology, teaching Innovation, educational research

Courses Taught: Anatomy & Physiology I and II; Advanced Dissection




Dr. Jennifer Glowienka

Jennifer GlowienkaAssociate Professor of Biology
Chair of the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences      
Phone: 406-447-4461

Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder
B.S. Boise State University

Areas of Interest: Plant systematics and evolution; landscape genetics

Courses Taught: Biological Principles, Plant Biology, Genetics, Evolutionary Analysis

"Being at Carroll means that I get to interact with bright, motivated students and work with dedicated and interesting colleagues."




Dr. Dan Gretch

Dr. Dan GretchAssociate Professor of Biology and Chemistry
Phone: 406-447-4463

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.S. College of Great Falls

Areas of Interest: Biochemistry; Prion diseases

Courses Taught: Biochemistry, Biochemistry II, Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry, Cell Biology






Dr. Grant Hokit

Dr. Grant HokitAssociate Professor of Biology
Phone: 406-447-4460

Ph.D. Oregon State University,
B.S. Colorado State University

Areas of Interest: Ecology, Herpetology

Courses Taught: Biological Principles, Ecology, Comparative Anatomy

"Beyond academics, the students at Carroll are top quality people… better than any other place I’ve taught before."





Dr. Stefanie Otto-Hitt

Stefanie Otto-HittAssistant Professor of Biology

Phone: 406-447-4716

Ph.D. State University of New York, Stony Brook
B.S. State University of New York, Stony Brook

Areas of Interest:

Courses Taught:  Biological Principles, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology






Dr. Brandon Sheafor

Brandon Sheafor

Professor of Biology
Phone: 406-447-4566

Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. The Colorado College

Areas of Interest: Physiological ecology of vertebrates, amphibian decline, adaptation to high altitude environments

Courses Taught: Biological Principles, Animal Physiology, Physiological Ecology, Human Biology




Ms. Elizabeth Sheafor

Beth Sheafor, M.A. 

Elizabeth Sheafor, M.A.

B.A. Marine Biology, UC Santa Cruz
M.A. Physiolgoy, CU Boulder

Areas of interest:  Physiology, anatomy
Courses taught:  Anatomy & Physiology, Human Biology, General Biology






Dr. Gerald Shields

James J. Manion Endowed Chair of BiologyDr. Gerry Shields
Phone: 406-447-5464

Ph.D. University of Toronto,
M.S. Central Washington State College,
B.A. Carroll College

Areas of Interest: Population and Evolutionary Genetics

Courses Taught: Evolution, Senior Seminar, Honors Research

"most of the science students at Carroll are here for an education not just a degree."

Professors Emeriti

  • Dr. John Addis, Biology
  • Dr. John Christenson, Biology and Chemistry
  • Msgr. Joseph Harrington, Biology
  • Dr. Marilyn Schendel, Biology and Chemistry