My name is Paul Buttenhoff and I am the current Program Director for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department.
I received my B.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming in 1992 (Go Pokes!) and my Master's degree from Auburn University in 1996.
My research background is in herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles.
My work focused on the hormonal control of reproductive behavior in pitvipers (rattlesnakes and their kin). I've had opportunities to study these snakes is 9 states and 4 countries. Although my research is temporarily on hold, I continue to be amazed by these creatures. I am intrigued by the "how" and "why" types of biological questions and enjoy spending time with these creatures in their rainforest and desert habitats.
I started at the University in 1998 as an adjunct instructor and have held the rank of assistant professor since 1999. My primary teaching responsibilities include the anatomy and physiology courses (BIOL2400 and BIOL2410). I also teach anatomy and physiology for the MAHS program (INDI2350).
I have served on several Ad Hoc and Elected committees during my years at St. Kate's. Most recently, I was Co-Chair of Faculty Council.
During my spare time, I enjoy almost any activity that gets me outside. I'm an avid runner and cyclist. I enjoy raiding the local farmers' markets and cooking meals using great local food. Spending time with family and friends is a top priority for me.