M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

RAISE Faculty Researchers


Below is a list of faculty researchers who have expressed an interest to participate in the RAISE program. Please feel free to reach out to them if you have a similar interest.

If a PI or grant administrator would like to be added to this page, please share the name(s), institution, areas of interest, and website to Marybeth Stewart Goon and Dr. Moses Lee.

Biology Department

Dr. Stacey Weiss
Professor and Chair
Biology Department
University of Puget Sound
1500 N Warner St #1088
Tacoma, WA 98416-1088

I am a behavioral and microbial ecologist interested in the evolution of female ornamentation and reproductive behavior. Currently, we are examining cloacal microbes that are passively transferred to eggshells during egg-laying and their function in protecting eggs from environmental pathogens in the absence of parental care. My main study organisms are Sceloporus lizards but I am open to working on other systems.

Dr. Heidi Schutz
Associate Professor
Biology Department
Pacific Lutheran University
Rieke Science Center
1010 122nd St. S.
Tacoma, WA 98447
+1 (253) 535-7094

I am interested in participating in a collaborative project via the RAISE Program. I would appreciate being included in the page where collaborators can find one another. Here is my information: 1. Areas of Interest: Morphological Evolution in Animals, Sexual Dimorphism, Geometric Morphometrics. 2. Website link which has a description of my research as well as links to my current CV and Researchgate account with my publications list: https://sites.google.com/site/schutzheidi/

Chemistry Department

Dr. Justin C. Lytle
Associate Professor and Chair
Chemistry Department
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave S
Tacoma, WA  98447

I am writing to declare my interest in participating in a collaborative research project through the Murdock Charitable Trust’s RAISE Program. Here is the information that you requested from interested faculty: 1. the intersection of materials chemistry and electrochemistry as pertains to energy storage and sensing small molecules: https://www.plu.edu/chemistry/staff/justin-lytle-ph-d/

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