Professor and Associate Chair of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1984
Don Hauber joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1984. What makes an outstanding teacher? Dr. Hauber believes it needs to be one who enjoys teaching. Seeing new faces each semester; having an influence on them as a group and as individuals is a true pleasure for Dr. Hauber. No matter how many years a teacher has been in the profession, he feels there is always room for improvement. As such, he considers seriously the course evaluations each semester. When developing and teaching his new courses, he believes the student input is particularly helpful and constructive for the ultimate evolution and improvement of the course. Input from colleagues is invaluable particularly when two or more have collaborated on core curriculum courses. Dr. Hauber has taken advantage of these interactions by including some of their style and innovations into his courses. He has most recently been inspired by colleagues to work towards transforming his courses into more student-centered classes; this transfers more of the responsibility of learning to the student. Though 20+ years into his teaching career, he has found that he, too, can evolve.
Dr. Hauber studys the population genetics of native and invasive plant species in the Southeast using isozyme and DNA markers. His recent work has focused on Salvinia minima introductions in freshwater lakes and waterways of coastal Louisiana and genotypic variation in Phragmites australis principally in the MS River delta particularly as it pertains to invasiveness and rate of spread. He is also interested in the nature of polyploidy in plant species and its evolutionary significance. Finally, he studies meiotic synapsis in species, species hybrids and polyploids.