Karrie Davidson Rathbone, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Email: karrier@tabor.edu
Department: Biology

Education

  • Ph.D., Agronomy, Kansas State University
  • M.S., Biology, Emporia State University
  • B.S., Biology, Emporia State University
  • AS., Business Administration, Palo Alto Community College

Professional Background

  • Professor and Chair of Biology, Tabor College
  • Assistant Professor/Natural Science Department Chair, McPherson College
  • Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Emporia State University
  • Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Juniata College
  • Research Fellow, Biology Department, Wichita State University
  • Bioremediation/Phytoremediation Researcher, Kansas State University

Certifications

  • OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

Recognitions & Awards

  • Watkins Research Fellowship recipient, Wichita State University, Labs of Dr. David McDonald & Dr. Bill Hendry on extracted DNA
  • Clarence R. Hiebert, Excellence in Teaching Award, Tabor College
  • Hope Scholar Recipient; Utilization of BIOLOG systems in microbial identification and as a teaching tool for active learning

Courses Taught

  • Microbiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • College Biology
  • Human Physiology & Anatomy I and II
  • Vertebrate Anatomy/Development
  • Nutrition
  • Medical Terminology
  • Immunology
  • Research Methods
  • Animal Behavior
  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Chemistry

Publications

  • Banks, M. K., Pekarek, S., Rathbone, K., and A. P. Schwab, “Phytoremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soil: Microbial Assessment,” Proceedings of the Battelle Fourth International Symposium on In Situ and On Site Bioremediation, New Orleans, LA, 4(3), pp. 305 308, 1997.
  • Banks, M.K., Kulakow, P., Schwab, A.P., Chen, S., and K. Rathbone. ‘Degradation of crude oil in the rhizosphere of Sorghum bicolor.’ Int J Phytoremediation. 2003 ;5 (3):225-34 14750430 (P,S,E,B)
  • Banks, M.K., Mallede, H., and K. Rathbone ‘Rhizosphere Microbial Characterization in Petroleum-Contaminated Soil’. Soil and Sediment Contamination Volume 12, Issue 3 May 2003, pages 371 – 385 (Journal of Soil Contamination (1058-8337) until 2000)

Reports

  • Banks, M. K., Schwab, A. P., Govindarju, R. S., Lewis, S. L., Rathbone, K., and P.Kulakow, Final Report: Craney Island Phytoremediation Study, Rice University DOD AATDF, Houston, TX. 1998

Grants

“Assessing absorption and uptake of ethylene dibromide (EDB) in mature cranberry fruit and plants.” Project #SPBN 19989061; $227,694; U. S. Dept. of Defense; September 15, 1998 to November 30, 2001. Co-PIs: Dr. Charles W. Rice (Kansas State University); Dr. Karrie D. Rathbone (Juniata College).

Presentations

  • Rathbone, K. I., Schwab, A. P., and M.K. Banks, Phytoremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soils: A Field Assessment, (ACS) American Chemical Society, Emerging Technologies in Hazardous Waste Management, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 15 17, 1997.
  • Rathbone, K., Banks, M.K., Kulakow, P., and A.P. Schwab, Microbial Characterization of Diesel Fuel Contaminated Soil, (HSRC) Hazardous Substance Research Center, Vegetation Based Remediation, Kansas City, Missouri, May 20 22, 1997.
  • Pekarek, S. D., Banks, M. K., Rathbone, K., and A.P. Schwab, Phytoremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soils: A Microbial Community Assessment, (HSRC) Hazardous Substance Research Center, Kansas City, Missouri, May 20 22, 1997.
  • Keller, J., Rathbone, K., Banks, M. K., and A.P. Schwab, The Effect of Soil Depth and Root Surface Area on the Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, (HSRC) Hazardous Substance Research Center, Vegetation Based Remediation, Kansas City, Missouri, May 20 22, 1997.
  • Rathbone, K., Chen, Z., Kulakow, P., Banks, M. K., and A.P. Schwab, Impact of Different Sorghum Varieties on the Biodegradation of Diesel Fuel in Soil, (ASA) American Society of Agronomists, 88th Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 3 8, 1996.
  • Rathbone, K., Banks, M. K., and A.P. Schwab, Phytoremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Systems, (ACS) American Chemical Society, Orlando, Florida, August 1996.
  • Rathbone, K., Schwab, A. P., and M.K. Banks, Effect of Plant Exudates on the Bioremediation of Synthetic Diesel Fuel, (HSRC) Hazardous Substance Research Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 21 23, 1996.
  • Kulakow, P., Chen, Z., Rathbone, K., Schwab, A. P., and M.K. Banks, Variation in Root Growth Among Four Sorghum Varieties Grown in Soil Contaminated with Petroleum Hydrocarbons, (HSRC) Hazardous Substance Research Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 21 23, 1996.
  • Rathbone, K., Banks, M. K., and A.P. Schwab, Phytoremediation Studies of Petroleum Contaminated Soils, (ACS) American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, March 24 28, 1996.
  • Rathbone, K., Determining Allelopathic Potential for Two Weed Species, (KAS) Kansas Academy of Sciences, May 1995.

Service

  • Naturalist for Camp Mount Hermon (Church of the Brethren)
  • Presentations to the Hillsboro and Marion Elementary & Pre-Schools
  • Children’s Church /Summer Bible School participant
  • Booster Club member
  • Site Council Hillsboro Elementary School

Other

  • KAS Reviewer (Kansas Academy of Science) research papers
  • Participant in Brethren Colleges Abroad program for college professors