Dr. Christine (Chris) K. Barton
Associate Professor of Biology
Young 220

(859) 238-5322


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Since joining the Centre faculty in 1981, I have had the priviledge of teaching a wide range of courses in biology. My teaching and research interests have taken me to the streams of Kentucky, the inland lakes of the Bahamas, the Galapagos Islands, and the Amazon rainforest. I have a passionate love of the outdoors and my professional goal is to encourage all students to be inquisitive and to find excitement in observing the many wonders of biology. My hobbies include hiking, gardening, reading, canoeing, and travelling. I am married to the "other" Barton on the Centre faculty and we are the parents of two grown sons.



B.A. (1972). University of Vermont, Major in Zoology

M.S. (1975). Oregon State University, Major in Fisheries and Wildlife

Ph.D. (1980). Oregon State University, Major in Fisheries and Wildlife



My research interests have focused primarily on the study of predator-prey interactions in freshwater stream systems. The specific focus of this research has included studies of the relative importance of visual and chemical cues as determinants of the prey response to predators among freshwater fish species. Most recently, my research efforts have focused on the role of coloration in the reproductive success of two different morphs of the sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus, from San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. I have sponsored many students as collaborators in my personal research projects and I would encourage all biology majors to take advantage of the collaborative research opportunities available to them both in the summer months and during the academic year. In the past, my student collaborators have presented the results of their research both at the annual meeting for the Kentucky Academy of Sciences and at national meetings for the Ecological Society of America and the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.



I have always been very committed to outreach activities that promote scientific awareness within the community. In this endeavor, I have sponsored workshops for area educators and summer science camps. I have also been an active volunteer in the Watershed Watch Program and I have collaborated with groups focused on improving the water quality of Clark's Run, a local stream. 



BIO 110: Intro. Biology

BIO 210: Evolutionary Genetics

BIO 245: Freshwater Biology

BIO 480:  Evolutionary Biology

BIO 500:  Senior Seminar