Natural and Applied Sciences Faculty


David Koch
David Koch
Department of Natural and Applied Sciences Head and Associate Professor

PhD, Kansas State University, Geography
MS, Kansas State University, Agronomy 
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Agronomy and Genetics

Office Phone: 563.589.3598
E-mail: dkoch@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 204B University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688
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I received my PhD in Geography (GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis) in 2010, MS in Agronomy (soil chemistry) in 2002, and BS in Agronomy and Genetics in 1991.  Throughout that entire time period, the theme of environmental science has run through my academic work.  After receiving my BS, I served two years in the Peace Corp in Paraguay.


Amandeep Arora
Amandeep Arora
Assistant Professor

PhD - Oklahoma State University MS - Guru Nanak Dev University, India BSed - Panjab University, India BS - Panjab University, India

Office Phone: 563.589.3498
E-mail: aarora@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104E University Science Center

Bindu Balakrishnan
Bindu Balakrishnan
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program

PhD, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences - India
MSc Physiology, Kasturba Medical College - India

Office Phone: 563.589.3261
E-mail: bbalakrishnan@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104D University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Dan Duclos
Dan Duclos
Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences


E-mail: dduclos@dbq.edu 

Dale Hampton Easley
Dale Hampton Easley
Department of Natural and Applied Sciences Professor

PhD, University of Wyoming
MS, University of Wyoming
BS, Guilford College

Office Phone: 563.589.3639
E-mail: deasley@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104B University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Kelly Grussendorf
Kelly Grussendorf
Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Kansas
BA, Minnesota State University - Moorhead



Office Phone: 563.589.3149
E-mail: kgrussendorf@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 230B University Science Center

Adam Hoffman
Adam Hoffman
Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, University of Minnesota-Morris

Office Phone: 563.589.3746
E-mail: ahoffman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104E University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Lalith Jayawickrama
Lalith Jayawickrama
Teaching Specialist Faculty, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

MS, University of Delaware
BS, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Office Phone: 563.589.3148
E-mail: lalithj@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 317 University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Rasika Mudalige-Jayawickrama
Rasika Mudalige-Jayawickrama
Associate Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences

PhD, University of Hawaii
MS, Louisiana State University
BS, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Office Phone: 563.589.3144
E-mail: rmudalig@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104C University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

James Prochaska
James Prochaska
Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences

MS, University of Wisconsin - Superior; Physics
BS, Loras College; Chemistry

Office Phone: 563.589.3149
E-mail: jprochaska@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104 University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Mark Sinton
Mark Sinton
Assistant Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences

PhD, Michigan State University
MS, University of Denver
BA, University of Denver

Office Phone: 563.589.3153
E-mail: msinton@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 204C University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Richard W. Smith
Richard W. Smith
Assistant Professor - Physics

MA, Mankato State University
BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3146
E-mail: rwsmith@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 230C University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Ken Turner, Jr.
Ken Turner, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Science Education

EDD, National Louis University
MAT, De Pauw University
BA, Valparaiso University



Office Phone: 563.589.3799
E-mail: kturner@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104C University Science Center
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Ken Turner, Jr. is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Dubuque and the Chair of the Iowa Science Teacher Section of the Iowa Academy of Science.  He has taught General Chemistry, Introduction to Research Writing, Collegiate Algebra, STEM and Engineering Design among others at the undergraduate level as well as several courses at the graduate level.

Before becoming a full-time faculty member at the University of Dubuque, Turner taught Biology, Advance Placement Chemistry, Chemistry, and Chemistry of Foods at the high school level.  He has also taught at the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development at the middle school level.

In this time, he has won awards based on his teaching as well as competitive grants such as Those Who Excel (Illinois State Board of Education), Tandy Technology Scholars Top 100 Teachers of Math, Science, and Computer Science, and the Toyota Tapestry Grant.  He has also presented at numerous conferences and workshops on topics as diverse as analysis of lake water health, nanotechnology, and creating engineering design activities.

Turner has co-authored two supplemental texts (Composites and Smart Sensors) and numerous articles published in journals such as Materials Research Education, Science Teacher, and Journal of Chemical Education.  His most recent article, co-authored with Dr. Adam Hoffman, “Integration, Authenticity, and Relevancy in College Science through Engineering Design” (2018) appears in the Journal of College Science Teaching.

Turner strives to creatively seek, utilize, and communicate the educational research that supports all learners. 


Danielle Yaklin
Danielle Yaklin
Laboratory Manager


Office Phone: 563.589.3752
E-mail: DYaklin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 317 University Science Center

Gerald L. Zuercher
Gerald L. Zuercher
Professor of Vertebrate Ecology

PhD, Kansas State University
MS, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
BS, Mississippi State University



Office Phone: 563.589.3147
E-mail: gzuerche@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 309A University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Michele Zuercher
Michele Zuercher
Teaching Specialist


Office Phone: 563.589.3151
E-mail: mzuercher@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 230A University Science Center