Michael Lares, PhD

Biology Education Program Chair


Dr. Michael Lares is a faculty member in the Biology program at the University of Mary, and has been at the university for over 20 years. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science/Biology at Southampton College, Long Island University, a Master of Biology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and a PhD in Biology from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Lares primarily teaches in the organismal and environmental areas, teaching classes and labs in General Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Ornithology, and a few other areas. He advises students in Biology Education, as well as those interested in Chiropractic and Veterinary Medicine.

Lares graduate research focused on the functional biology of Echinoderms, especially the feeding biology of sea urchins. He also assisted with research at the USDA-ARS on leaf spot diseases of wheat.  Lares is currently collaborating with Emma Perry, Unity College, Maine on the natural history of Tardigrades in North Dakota. He is a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific research Society, the Board of Directors of the Dakota Zoo, and the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Society.

About the Program

The Biology Education bachelor’s degree program prepares students for a career as a secondary teacher or to pursue graduate study. In the undergraduate biology education program, students gain a broad knowledge base in the biological sciences, learn to communicate effectively, and develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills. The program is designed to give students a broad foundation in Biology and the related sciences.

Through classroom and hands-on learning, the Biology Education bachelor’s degree program provides skills and experience students will apply directly to their careers.

Bismarck Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year (Crystal Apple award) 2005

University of Mary Best Practices in Leadership Award Recipient 2012

University of Mary Faculty Research Grant Recipient, 2018

Pomory, C.M., and M.T. Lares (2011)  Scaling of Aristotle’s lantern in Lytechinus variegatus.  Gulf of Mexico Science 2011(2): 119-125.

Krupinsky, J.M., D.L Tanaka, S.D. Merrill, M.A. Liebig, M.T. Lares and J.D. Hanson (2007)  Crop sequence effects on leaf spot diseases of no-till wheat.  Agron J. 99: 912 - 920

Krupinsky, J.M., S.D. Merrill, D.L Tanaka, M.A. Liebig, M.T. Lares and J.D. Hanson (2007)  Crop residue coverage of soil influenced by crop sequence in a no-till system.  Agron J. 99: 921 – 930.

Krupinsky, J.M., D.L. Tanaka, M.T. Lares, and S.D. Merrill (2004)  Leaf spot diseases of barley and spring wheat as influenced by previous crop.  Agronomy J. 96: 259 – 266.

Pomory, C.M., and M.T. Lares (2000)  Rate of regeneration of two arms in the field and its effect on body components in Luidia clathrata (Echinodermata: Asteroidea).  J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 254: 211-220.

Lares, M.T. (1999)  Evaluation of techniques for measuring absorption efficiencies in sea urchins. J. World Aquaculture Soc. 30(2): 201-207.

Pomory, C.M. and M.T. Lares (1998)  Gonospora holoflora new species of gregarine protozoan parasite (Apicomplexa) in Holothuria floridana (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) from the Florida Keys.  Bull. Mar. Sci.  62(1): 213-218.

Lares, M.T. and C.M. Pomory (1998)  Use of body components during starvation in Lytechinus variegatus (Lamarck) (Echinodermata: Echinoidea).  J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 225: 99-106.

Pomory, C.M., B.D. Robbins and M.T. Lares (1995)  Sediment grain size preference by the sand dollar Mellita tenuis (Clark, 1940) (Echinodermata: Echinoidea): A laboratory study.  Bull. Mar. Sci.56(3): 778-783.

Lares, M.T. and J.M. Lawrence (1994)  Nutrient and energy allocation during arm regeneration in Echinaster paucispinus (Clark) (Echinodermata: Asteroidea).  J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol.  180: 49-58.

Lares, M.T.  (2014)  Behavioral and enrichment studies at the Dakota Zoo.  Visiting Scientists Series seminar, Bismarck, ND.

Pomory, C.M. and M.T. Lares (2008) Scaling of Aristotle’s Lantern in Lytechinus variegatus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea).  North American Echinoderm Conference, Melbourne, FL.

Lares, M.T. (2006)  Studies on regeneration of starfish.  Earth Day speaker, Century High School.

Lares, M.T. (2005)  Using Online Digital Photographs of Anatomical Models to Enhance Learning in Anatomy and Physiology Labs (Technology Tid-bit).  Beyond Boundaries Technology Conference, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. 

Lares, M.T. and Lincoln, T. (2001)  Conducting research at small zoos; Collaborations between the University of Mary and the Dakota Zoo.  Plenary Lecture, North Dakota Academy of Sciences, Bismarck, ND

Lares, M.T. (2001)  Field and Laboratory studies on regeneration in starfish.  University of Mary Faculty Excellence Series, Bismarck, ND.