Dr. Michael McLeod

Dr. Michael McLeod
Professor,
Biology

Meet Michael McLeod

OF NOTE: Has taught at Belmont Abbey College since 1986 and currently serves as the Director of Environmental Science Program. Has held several other key leadership positions during his tenure, including: Chair of the Department of Biology, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of the Adult Degree Program, Director of the Weekend College and Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

KNOWN FOR: His extensive research and publications, primarily on population genetics and evolution.

When not in the classroom, can often be found: Serving the community as a member of the Gaston County Environmental Review Board and the Quality of Natural Resources Commission of Gaston County. Also has been involved with the Abbey Players/Belmont Community Theater and Ceol na Gael Irish Pipe Band.

Popular quote: “1) Time spent studying is never wasted; 2) Take any biology course, you will love it.”

Examples of the classes taught by :
  • General Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Ph.D., Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH, August 1977
  • M.S., Biology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, June, 1973
  • B.S., Biology, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, December, 1969
  • Registry in Cytotechnology (ASCP), Brooke General Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, TX, February, 1973

PAPER PRESENTATIONS

• 1976 A preliminary biochemical systematic study of Capsicum (Solanaceae); with W. H. Eshbaugh and S. I. Guttman. International symposium on biology and taxonomy of The Solanaceae. Birmingham, England.

• 1977 Evolutionary investigations in the chili peppers Capsicum (Solanaceae). Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Ithaca, New York.

• 1978 Numerical taxonomic analyses of allozyme variation in Capsicum (Solanaceae); with R. J. Jensen, W. H. Eshbaugh, and S. I. Guttman. Society of Economic Botany meeting, St. Louis, MO.

• Systematic Studies of the Capsicum baccatum complex; with S. I. Guttman and W. H. Eshbaugh. Society of Economic Botany meeting. St. Louis, MO.

• Genetic and Morphological variation in the fingernail clam, Sphaerium striatinum Lamarck; with D. J. Hornbach, S. I. Guttman, and S. K. Seilkop. American Malacological Union Meeting, Wilmington, NC.

• 1980 An electrophoretic study of Corbicula fluminea in the Catawba River, N. C., with D. S. Sailstad. American Malacological Union Meeting, Louisville, KY.

• 1981 Patterns of speciation in Capsicum (Solanaceae); with W. H. Eshbaugh and S. I. Guttman. International Botanical Congress, Australia.

• 1982 Electrophoretic variation in Corbicula. Joint meeting: American Malacological Union, Second International Symposium on Molluscan Genetics, New Orleans, LA.

• 1983 Electrophoretic variation in U. S. Corbicula. Second International Corbicula Symposium, Little Rock, AR.

• 1984 Possible rapid accumulation of genetic variation in populations of Corbicula. North Carolina Academy of Sciences Meeting, Wake Forest, NC.

• 1986 Population genetics of a very successful colonizer: the introduced Asiatic clam Corbicula in North America. Ninth International Malacological Congress, symposium on the Biology of Introduced Species. Edinburgh, Scotland.

• 1987 Preliminary report on an institute for Junior High School science teachers with E. M. Baker. North Carolina Academy of Sciences, Raleigh, NC.

• 1989 Successful Science Teaching and Demonstrations, with E. M. Baker, North Carolina Academy of Sciences Meeting, Raleigh, NC.

• 1990 RFLP analysis of mtDNA from a single population of Corbicula, with S. Reilly and H. Rhyne, North Carolina Academy of Sciences Meeting, High Point, NC.

• 2002 Preliminary allozyme analysis of Magnolia macrophylla Michaux in Gaston County, NC., with W. Stigerwald and S. Reilly, Association of Southeastern Biologists annual meeting.

• 2002 Electrophoretic analysis of Magnolia macrophylla Michaux in Gaston County, North Carolina., with S. Reilly, The Andre Michaux International Symposium

  • Biochemical Genetics
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Fellow of the American Council on Education
  • Lincoln Memorial University Educator’s Hall of Fame
  • Adrian Faculty Excellence Award recipient, Belmont Abbey College
  • Spirit of St. Benedict Award, Belmont Abbey College
  • Past President, North Carolina Academy of Sciences

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