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Charles R. Morgan, Ph.D.


Charles R. Morgan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

morganc_profilepage.jpg"Education should be rigorous, but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be fun," says Dr. Charles Morgan. Throughout his teaching career at University of Saint Joseph, Dr. Morgan has turned his courses into mysteries that students can solve by the application of both intellectual effort and the wondrous drive of their own curiosity. Dr. Morgan adds, "Creativity has a place in the sciences, namely shedding the concept of learning by memorizing rote facts. Books have facts; that's why we keep them. It's what you do with those facts that becomes important."

Dr. Morgan finds University of Saint Joseph to be an ideal institution for the study of science. He says, "The College provides an intimate setting where I can focus my efforts, and a prized collection of dedicated and skilled faculty, staff, administration, and students with whom I can foster associations." Dr. Morgan is responsible for the creation and implementation of the Online Master's Degree program in Biology, which received a Connecticut Quality Improvement Award. He is also considered an expert in Aquatic Entomology. On a personal note, he admits to an overwhelming and continuing fascination with "wonderful, wonderful bugs."

All of Dr. Morgan's efforts are directed toward the goal of advancing women in the biological sciences. His advice to students is simple: "Allow yourself to be amazed, and keep wondering about everything."

academic Degrees

Ph.D., State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Syracuse University
M.S., State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Syracuse University
B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara 

Contact information

Phone: 860.231.5535
E-mail: cmorgan@usj.edu 
Web Page: http://ww2.usj.edu/faculty_pages/cmorgan/ 
Department Website: Biology 

Research Research/Publications/Presentations

Morgan, C., and C. Millard, Life Experiences: A Laboratory Guide , Primus Custom Publishing, Iowa, 1998.

Morgan, C., Experiences in Biology , RonJon Publishing, Texas, 1994.

Ringler, N.H., Gandino, C., Hirethota, P., Dannely, C., Tango, W., Morgan, C.R., Millard, C., Murphy, A., and Arego, M., "Fish Communities and Habitats of the Onondaga Lake System," Chapter 10 in: Effler, S. (ed.), Lessons in Limnology and Engineering Analysis , Springer-Verlag, New York, 1994.

Morgan, C., and Ringler, N., "Influence of a Benthic Predatory Fish (Cottus cognatus) on Invertebrate Community Structure and Secondary Production in a Tributary of the Susquehanna River," J. Freshwater Ecol ., 9(1):63-78, 1994.

Markow, P, Mazaitis, D, and Morgan, C., "An Introductory Course in Science and Technology: the Freshman Experience," Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society 13(3): 142-145, 1993.

Morgan, C., and Ringler, N., "Experimental Manipulation of Sculpin (Cottus cognatus) Populations in a Small Stream," J. Freshwater Ecology 7(2): 227-232, 1992.

Morgan, C.R., Schindler, S.C., and Mitchell, M.J., "The Effects of Feeding by Oniscus Asellus on Nutrient Cycling in an Incubated Hardwood Forest Soil," Biol. Fert. Soils , 7:239-246, 1989.

Morgan, C.R., "A Contemporary Mass Extinction: Deforestation of Tropical Rain Forests and Faunal Effects," Palaios, 2:165-171, 1987.

Morgan, C.R., and Mitchell, M.J., "The Effects of Feeding by Oniscus asellus on Leaf Litter Sulfur Constituents," Biol. Fert. Soils , 3:107-111, 1987.

Mitchell, M.J., David, M.D., and Morgan, C.R., "Importance of Inorganic Sulfur Constituents of Forest Soils and the Role of the Soil Macrofauna in Affecting Sulfur Flux and Transformation," pp. 75-85, in Lebrun, Ph., Andre, H.M., de Medts, A, Grigoire-Wibo, C., and Wauthy, G .(eds.), New Trends in Soil Biology , Proc. 8th Int. Coll. Soil Zoology, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Imprimeur Dien-Brichart, Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, August 30-September 2, 1982.

Recent Grants

Kramer, P., and Morgan, C., "The high speed centrifuge in biochemistry and biology." NSF Grant 91-84: Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement (ILI). Amount: $14,040, 1992.

Morgan, C.R., "Density, distribution, and diversity of benthic macroinvertebrates in relation to water quality in the Farmington River," Ensign-Bickford, Inc. Received $7,000 as part of the Environmental Science Grant, August 1995.

Morgan, C.R., "Imaging Systems for Biology," University of Saint Joseph. Received $2,000 as part of the Educational Technology Grant, fall 1998.

Morgan, C.R., "Wild and Scenic: A Natural History of the Farmington River," Charter Oak Community College. Received $2,500 as part of the Connecticut Distance Learning Center for the implementation of Biology 160 (Wild and Scenic: A Natural History of the Farmington River) as a distance learning course, fall 1998.

Morgan, C.R., "Master's Degree of Science in Biology On-Line." Received $35,000 from the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium for the implementation of a Master's Degree program in Biology in a distance-learning format, spring 2000.

Morgan, C.R., "The Fresh Water Institute." Received about $500,000 from Northeast Utilities for the implementation of a Fresh Water Institute at University of Saint Joseph, including the renovation of two labs into new facilities, spring 2000.