Wayne State College

Mark Hammer

Mark Hammer is a professor of biology at Wayne State College. He advises students who are interested in a career as a conservation biologist, physician assistant or occupational therapist, as well as students participating in the pre-Physician Assistant Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP).

Before coming to WSC, Dr. Hammer was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Hammer is a past president of the Nebraska Native Plant Society and past board member of the Nebraska Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

He has received several grants, including:

  • National Science Foundation, Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement grant "Laboratory Improvement in Plant Biology"
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust grant "Educational Wetland Establishment"
  • Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education grant "Recycling Programs with BIO 104, Environmental Concerns"
  • Nebraska State Wildlife Grant "Tallgrass Prairie Restoration at Thompson-Barnes Wildlife Management Area"

Ph.D., University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, 1992
M.S., Clemson University, 1985
B.S., Iowa State University, 1983

Academic Interests
Dr. Hammer's teaching interests include biology concepts, biology in society, plant science, Nebraska flora, ecology and medical terminology. His research interests include prairie plant reproduction, seed dispersal and prairie ecology.