Dr. Moira van Staaden (Principal Investigator)

College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
303 Life Science Building
(419) 372-0341

Dr. Moira van Staaden is the Project Director responsible for overseeing all activities of the program, with the support of an Executive Committee, a program manager for administrative matters and two advisories. As Principal Investigator of SETGO she serves as the liaison with NSF. Dr. van Staaden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at BGSU, and a founding member of the JP Scott Center for Neuroscience Mind & Behavior. She joined the faculty at BGSU in 2000, after 6-years as an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Zoology at the University of Graz, Austria. She is a STEM researcher with interests spanning behavior, genetics and evolution, and publishes primarily in the fields of neuroethology and animal behavior. Her experiences teaching evolution and introductory biology for Honors students have led her to explore issues surrounding scientific literacy, evaluated results of educational treatments and their longer-term implications. She has been PI for over $3 million in grants. She has supervised 2 Ph.D. and 6 M.S. thesis students, and is currently coordinating the research efforts of 3 undergraduate students.

SETGO Summer Research Faculty Mentor