Richard A. Fluck

Dr. E. Paul & Francis H. Reiff Professor of Biology, Emeritus

[717-358-5918; dick.fluck@fandm.edu; Office: BUC]

Biology Department Faculty Member 1974–2011
Associate Dean of the Faculty 2005–2011
B.S., Iowa State University (Zoology) 1966
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Zoology) 1971

Teaching and Research Interests
Teaching: cell physiology, cell biology, tuberculosis

Research: 1) regulation of intracellular movements in zyotes and embryos of the freshwater fish, the medaka (Oryzias latipes); 2) the roles of cholinesterases, acetylcholine, and other conjugates of choline in plants

Current Activities
As Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations in F&M's Office of College Grants (College Advancement/Office of the Provost), my primary responsibility is to help write institutional grant proposals and reports. I collaborate with faculty, professional staff, students, and alumni to seek external funding for programs and infrastructure at F&M., e.g., endowment for financial aid, programs to ensure student success, and curricular innovation.


John J. McDermott
B. F. Fackenthal Jr. Professor of Biology Emeritus (1958-1996)

[717-291-4110; john.mcdermott@fandm.edu; Office: LSP361]

B.S., Seton Hall University (Biology), 1949
M.S., Rutgers University (Zoology), 1951
Ph.D., Rutgers University (Zoology), 1954

Interests: Marine Zoology; emphasis on natural history, ecology and reproduction in nemerteans, molluscs, brachyuran and anomuran crustaceans including invasive species and symbiotic relationships.

Recent Publications:

McDermott, J. J. 2014. A new genus and species of pinnotherid crab (Decapoda: Brachyura: Pinnotheridae: Pinnothereliinae) with a unique male abdominal appendage, and its symbiotic relationship with a sipinculan worm (Sipuncula) from Miami Florida, U.S.A. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 127: 367-290.

McDermott J. J. 2013. The distribution of ghost crab megalopae, Ocypode quadrata (Decapoda: Brachyura: Ocypodidae), beyond the presumptive northern boundary of adult populations in the northwest Atlantic. Northeastern Naturalist 20: 578-586.

McDermott, J.J. 2011. Parasites of shore crabs in the genus Hemigrapsus (Decapoda: Brachyura: Varunidae) and their status in crabs geographically displaced: a review. Journal of Natural History 45:2419-2441.

McDermott, J.J., J. D. Williams and C. B. Boyko 2010. The unwanted guests of hermits: A global review of the diversity and natural history of hermit crab parasites. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 394: 2-44.

McDermott, J.J. 2009. Notes on the unusual megalopae of the ghost crab Ocypode quadrata and related species (Decapoda: Brachyura: Ocypodidae). Northeastern Naturalist 16: 637-646.


Carl S. Pike
Huffnagle, Professor of Botany, Emeritus

[717-291-3958; carl.pike@fandm.edu; Office: LSP361]

Biology Department Faculty Member 1971-2012
B.S., Yale University (Biology) 1966
M.Phil., Yale University (Biology) 1967
Ph.D., Harvard University (Biology) 1972

Teaching and Research Interests
Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
Food and Nutrition

Current Activities
Member, Lancaster City Shade Tree Commission
Author, Manual/Tool-kit on School and Community Gardens, for Lighten Up
Lancaster County Coalition, sponsored by Lancaster General Health
Board Member, Lancaster County Conservancy


Kathleen L. Triman

[717-291-3948; kathleen.triman@fandm.edu; Office: LSP361]

My 2012-2013 pre-retirement leave of absence permitted me to attend a number of national Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Genetics conferences and reconnect with many colleagues and collaborators around the country. One focus of my research is the maintenance of a unique online resource, The Ribosomal Mutation Database, which has served the RNA community since 1994. Dr. Michael O’Connor from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) and I are currently expanding the database to include protein mutations. My Summer 2013 Visiting Investigator appointment at the Jackson Lab in Maine will provide me with time to work on both the database and genetics education research. I have been particularly pleased to meet with American Society for Human Genetics colleagues at the Undergraduate Genetic Faculty Workshop for the past three years. These meetings fostered my involvement in collaborative assessment of genetic literacy. My three-year term on the national Nominations Committee for Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, will conclude in November 2014. I will also be recruiting a new President for the F&M Chapter of Sigma Xi in 2014 to replace me, when I step down from that post and retire. I look forward to hearing from students who remember me. If you come to campus during the 2013-2104 academic year, you can contact me at x3948 in LSP 361 or ktriman@fandm.edu