|Ellen Savoini, PhD; A&P Department Chair
Ellen (Hollander) Savoini completed her Bachelor's of Science with honors at the University of Oregon in 1992.
She majored in Exercise Physiology while working with faculty in both Biology and Exercise Science laboratories as an assistant and practicum student and later as a lab instructor for the Physiology courses in the Biology department.
She completed her Master's degree at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Henk ter Keurs. During that time she was an assistant in the Human Anatomy courses. In Dr. ter Keurs' laboratory she worked on the force-calcium relationship in cardiac muscle utilizing phosphorescent dye to detect intercellular calcium concentrations and a laser to determine sarcomere length. She then began working in Dr. John V. Tyberg's laboratory to earn a Doctorate in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology & Biophysics, which was completed in 1998 from the University of Calgary.
During her doctoral work, she studied the effects of left atrial pathology on the pulmonary circulation and left ventricular filling. After completing the work on the left side of the heart, she studied the mechanics of the right side of the heart and pulmonary circulation under normal and hypoxic conditions. Since completing her doctorate work, she has pursued further studies in endocrinology, neurology, and advancements in cardiac physiology.
|Chris Dunn, M.S.
Chris is an Arizona native who graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1984 with a dual major in Chemistry and Biology. He received his M.S. degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1988.
His research included studying protein DNA interactions in eukaryotic replication origins and telomeres in the laboratory of 1989 Nobel Prize winner Tom Cech.
Upon returning to Arizona he taught chemistry at NAU, worked as an environmental consultant and endangered species biologist for the Bureau of Reclamation, SWCA Inc., and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He has been teaching at Yavapai since 2000.
|Mark Muchna, DVM
Mark received a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois in 1979, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (also from the University of Illinois) in 1983.
He practiced mixed animal medicine in rural Iowa for fifteen years, completed a one year internship in aquatic animal medicine through Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, then moved to Arizona in 2000 practicing small animal medicine.
After several semesters of teaching as an adjunct instructor at Yavapai College, he started to teach anatomy and physiology classes full time at the college in 2011.
|Jeb Bevers, PhD; Biology Department Chair
I have instructed biology at several institutions in Oregon, New Mexico and Washington states. I also instructed a course in Ecology, Conservation Biology and Environmental Education in Asunción, Paraguay through a Fulbright Scholar grant.
Besides academic work, I have instructed environmental science and other science related camps for grade school aged children and worked in the National Parks Service and National Marine Fisheries Service.
Before full time work, I did a bit of walkabouts and bicycle touring across Australasia and North America. Now I tend to hike into the Miocene in search of fossil materials more locally.
|Steve Sparks, PhD
Steven R. Sparks received a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Irvine, an M.S. in Biology from California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in Ecology in a program run jointly by San Diego State University and the University of California, Davis.
His graduate research focused on physiological adaptations of plants to drought and fire. Following graduation, he worked in ecological research for 8 years at San Diego State University, Utah State University, and for the U. S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station. Much of his research involved the effects of human-caused and natural disturbance on ecosystems, and on how ecosystems are likely to respond in the future to increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Before coming to Yavapai College, he taught at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, and previously taught part-time at San Diego State University, Southwestern College, and Mira Costa College, all in the San Diego area.
He currently teaches Biology Concepts (BIO 100), General Biology II (BIO 182), and Environmental Biology (BIO/ENV 105) at YC.
|Josh Schmidt M.Ed ATC L/AT
Prescott: 928.717.7376; Josh.Schmidt@yc.edu
Josh has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from California State University at Fresno in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine.
Upon completion of graduation at Fresno State, he obtained his National Certification in Athletic Training (ATC) and is also licensed (L/AT) as a health care provider in the State of Arizona.
Josh then went on to obtain a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University. While obtaining his Master’s Degree, he worked as a graduate assistant in the Sports Medicine program at NAU
|Paul Evans, PhD
- Ph.D Microbiology, Oregon State University, 1990
- B.Sc Chemistry, Northern Arizona University, 1983
|Joanne Oellers, M.S.
Joanne (Yavapai College ’83) earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Physical Science from Northern Arizona University and her Master’s degree in Biology (Sin Nombre Virus ecology) from Prescott College.
She has always loved science (her daughters think she should read a romance novel sometime) and nature (especially arid landscapes) and strives to transmit that love to her students. She believes the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature and that we each have important roles in protecting species and their habitats.
|Kelly Trainor, PhD
Prescott: 928.717.7951; Kelly.Trainor@yc.edu
Kelly was hired as full-time faculty in 2006. He spent a few years teaching various agriscience and biology classes as part of the Agribusiness Department on the Chino Valley campus.
He then transferred to the Prescott campus where he has been teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology and Human Biology classes.
Kelly graduated with a BS in Agriculture from The University of Arizona in 1996 with a major in agricultural education and a minor in watershed management.
Kelly received a PhD in Microbiology from Arizona State University in 2008. His PhD research focused on vaccinia virus evasion of the host cell‐mediated antiviral response, as well as the use of vaccinia virus mutants as recombinant vaccine vectors in the treatment of various human cancers.