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Name: Dr. Zane Johnson
Position: Associate Professor of Biology
Phone: 440.375.7356


Q1: Please provide your name and some contact information for us.

Name: Zane B. Johnson, Ph.D.
Current title: Associate Professor of Biology
Campus Address: Austin Hall of Science Room 203
Email Address:
Office Phone Number: 440.37507356

Q2: Please provide us with your educational background.

Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
Master of Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Q3: Describe your area(s) of research.

My research is on stream ecology and aquatic invertebrate life histories. I have examined the effects of seasonal change, flood disturbance and acid mine drainage on stream community structure and secondary productivity. I have conducted my research in small to medium streams of western Pennsylvania and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and large prairie rivers of northern Texas.

Q4: Tell us when you joined the faculty at Lake Erie College.

I joined LEC in August of 2006.

Q5: Why did you choose to teach at Lake Erie College?

I was interested in LEC due to its small size and because of the diversity of natural areas in Lake County, Ohio.

Q6: Please give an example of a real-world application of the courses you teach.

Undoubtedly, there are many real-world applications to my courses. Among my courses is Forensic Science which has many applications – from DNA fingerprinting in identifying individuals to the use trace and contact analysis to put suspects or victims at scenes.

Q7: Why do you love your discipline that you teach?

Science is rich and occurs at many spatial and temporal scales – I teach everything from the quantum particles that are photons to the formation of solar systems. My particular interests are in animal behavior, botany, ecology and geology. Science is continuously changing and expanding. I try to keep on top of new discoveries, and I have many interests in science and many more in addition to it.

Q8: What one to two life skills do you try to teach your students?

I try to impress upon students that hard work and persistence are keys to success. Lackluster efforts rarely are met with satisfying results.

Q9: What one concept would you like every student to know and understand? 

I think every student who seeks a degree from a liberal arts institution should be aware that human knowledge and understanding form a vast and interconnected entity. Ecotones and intersections are everywhere, and no discipline exists apart from all others. I don’t teach only science – art, music, philosophy and history are also components of my courses.

Q10: How do you interact with students outside of class?

Most of my out-of-class interactions with students occur in the Sciences building where I spend a considerable amount of time. I am friendly with students but try to not to be too casual. It is important for Professors to be friendly with their students but still maintain the professional boundary of the professor-student relationship.


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