Dr. Donald Mykles
Director • (970) 491-5679
Professor Don Mykles received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in biochemistry at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee before joining the biology faculty at Colorado State University in 1985, becoming a full professor in 1993. He is also a faculty member in the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neurosciences Program and the Cell and Molecular Biology Program and a scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. He served as Interim Chair and Assistant Chair in the Department of Biology and Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences before becoming Director of the University Honors Program. His research concerns the hormonal control of growth and limb regeneration in crabs and lobsters, which has applications for crustacean aquaculture, the management of fisheries, and understanding the effects of environmental pollution and climate change. He is a strong advocate for involving undergraduate students in research. He has received awards for his research and student mentoring, including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator, Fulbright Scholar at University of Heidelberg, Distinguished Research Fellow at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Outstanding Honors Academic Adviser, College of Natural Sciences Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, and College of Natural Sciences Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring.