Full-time Faculty

Assistant Professor

(207) 602-2301

Decary Hall

I am broadly interested in studying learning, memory and emotion using behavioral neuroscience techniques.  I have more recently become interested in how the brain's memory systems and emotional regulation systems come to function and cooperate over the course of development.  I enjoy teaching at both the introductory and upper levels. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and practicing the martial arts.Read More


Animal Learning and Behavior. Limbic System Function. Developmental Psychobiology.

Associate Professor

Coordinator of Undergraduate Research

Program Coordinator, Animal Behavior Major

(207) 602-2578

Decary Hall

In general, my research group investigates how pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and other pollutants that might enter the enivronment through man-made means negatively affect the behavior of the fish living in these polluted waters. Behavior is both a very sensitive and rapid endpoint of exposure and has important fitness implications. We study many different behaviors that are important for species survival, from exploration to courtship. In addition to this overarching theme, we are also interested in how and why individuals,... Read More


courtship and aggression; influence of social environment on behavior; individual variation in behavior; behavioral endocrinology; fish behavior; communication networks; effects of endocrine disrupters and inadvertant pharmaceutical exposure on fish behav

Julie Longua Peterson

Assistant Professor

(207) 602-2691

Decary Hall

Julie Longua Peterson is an Assistant Professor of psychology at the University of New England and the principal investigator of the Self and Close Relationships Lab.  Her program of research investigates the ways in which explicit (conscious, controlled) and implicit (unconscious, automatic) self and relationship processes influence how people navigate the ups and downs of daily life (e.g., acceptance, rejection).  Julie's courses include Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, and a seminar in Self... Read More


Explicit and Implicit self-esteem; self-regulation; the role of the self in close relationships (e.g.

romantic relationships)

Zach Olson

Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior

(207) 602-2766

Decary Hall


Wildlife Conservation;

Behavioral ecology

Conservation genetics;

Glenn Stevenson

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2285

Decary Hall

Before joining the faculty in 2005, Dr. Stevenson had two successful careers: one as a professional musician in Boston; the other working for luxury hotel brands in Washington, D.C. and Boston. Dr. Stevenson embarked on his third career by completing a Ph.D. in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at American University and trained in the Psychopharmacology laboratory of Dr. Anthony L. Riley. Following his graduate training, he did a post-doctoral fellowship in Pharmacology in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Negus at McLean Hopspital / Harvard Medical... Read More


Drug development; preclinical methods development; opioid pharmacology; pain; exercise; drug abuse; drug interactions

Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Department Chair, Associate Professor

(207) 602-2406

Marine Science Center

M.S. in Zoology, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Ph.D. in Physiology, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, University of Bremen, Germany

postdoc in Cardiovascular Biology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

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Temperature physiology

polar biology

energy metabolism

crustacean biology

marine invertebrates

Chair and Professor, Department of Biology

(207) 602-2617

Morgane Hall


Osmotic and ionic regulation and metabolism of crustaceans and fish; physiological ecology of marine invertebrates and fish; respiratory physiology

developmental biology; examination of effects of diet on metabolism and development of juvenile lobsters;

Leah Bymers


(207) 602-2601

Marine Science Center


General aquatic ecology

marine invertebrate physiology


science education

Margaret Friar

Associate Lecturer

(207) 602-2712

Decary Hall


Avian behavior

behavioral ecology of seabirds

animal social systems; comparative anatomy of vertebrates; ornithology; general biology; field research techniques

design of experiments.

Senior Lecturer

(207) 602-2188

Decary Hall


Benthic marine ecology

community & population ecology

invertebrate zoology


evolutionary biology

science education

Lei Lei

Lei Lei


Assistant Professor

(207) 602-2353

Morgane Hall

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, University of New England

Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Instructor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas


Awards and Honors

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32), NINDS, NIH

Other Professional Activities

Member, Society for Neuroscience

Teaching Experience

BIO106: BIO II - Cellular/Molecular Biology

BIO315: Developmental Biology

BIO370: Cell Biology

BIO450: BIO Topics - Developmental Neurobiology

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developmental biology

molecular biology

sensory neurons

neural stem cells

transgenic mice.

Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function

(207) 602-2195

Stella Maris

Dr. Ian Meng received his ScB in Neuroscience at Brown University in 1991 and went on to complete his PhD with Dr. David Bereiter at Brown in the Department of Biology and Medicine, Section of Physiology and Neurobiology in 1997.  As a graduate student, Dr. Meng characterized corneal sensitive neurons within the spinal trigeminal nucleus, examining the spatial and electrophysiological properties with which corneal stimulation is encoded.  Following completion of his PhD, Dr. Meng worked as a postdoctoral fellow with... Read More


Neuroscience; pain; headache; ocular pain; addiction.

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2814

Marine Science Center


Behavioral ecology and animal behavior

marine mammal behavior and biology

marine mammal policy


Professor of Marine Science

Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

(207) 602-2730

Marine Science Center


Life history and population dynamics of sharks


and rays

composition and spatial/temporal distribution of fish communities

physiological responses to stress and how this influences by-catch mortality

environmental adaptations in fish; conservation of fish communities

and trophic interactions between fish species

Professor, Department of Marine Sciences

(207) 602-2410

Marine Science Center




primary production

remote sensing

geographic information systems

Bering Sea ecosystems.



Professor Emeritus of Psychology



Developmental Psychology

Stress in Childhood

Community Interventions

Stress Management in Childrern