Dr. Mark Luttenton
Mark Luttenton, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, became a faculty member at GVSU in August 1989 and is a Professor of Biology and Associate Research Scientist in the Annis Water Resources Institute. He earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in chemistry from Central Michigan University (1977), an M.S. in Biology from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (1981), and received a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from Bowling Green State University (1989). He joined The Graduate School in Winter 2016.
Dr. Luttenton began his teaching career in 1977 at the Toledo YMCA outdoor education center. Prior to joining GVSU, he taught at East Carolina University and Findlay College. Since joining GVSU, he has taught over a dozen different courses covering a wide range of topics, and was recognized as the 2006 Outstanding Educator by the GV Alumni Association. In addition to his teaching duties at GVSU, he has served as Acting Biology Department Unit Head, Acting Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute, and served for 14 years as the Biology Graduate Program Coordinator. He has been actively involved on GVSU faculty committees, most importantly, serving 13 years on the Graduate Council, 6 of those years as chair.
Dr. Luttenton’s research has covered a broad range of ecological systems ranging from small streams to the Mississippi River and from the Great Lakes to small freshwater pools in the Bahamas. He has conducted research on native and invasive plants, protozoans, invertebrates, and fish including the ecology of stream dwelling trout, trout diseases, and stream community bioenergetics. He is currently collaborating with researchers at three institutions on a study to explore the diversity of fungi found at the bottom of the Great Lakes. The research team is screening the fungi for chemicals that may destroy a range of cancer cell types, or alternatively, stimulate nerve cell growth.