• Michael Freake
    Michael Freake,
    Professor in Biology

    Office: SMC 203D
    Phone Ext: 8282

    Dr. Michael Freake is a Professor of Biology. He received his PhD from Flinders University of South Australia on lizard homing behavior, and continued his research on animal navigation as a post-doctoral research fellow at Indiana University. His current research focuses on the conservation ecology and genetics of eastern hellbenders (giant salamanders). This is conducted in collaboration with the Tennessee Hellbender Recovery Partnership.  His research has been published in Animal Behaviour, Journal of Experimental Biology, Copeia, Herpetological Conservation and Biology and Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology. He teaches biology courses which include Environmental Science, Ecology, Animal Behaviour and Evolutionary Biology.

    Dr. Freake supervises undergraduate research through his project on eastern hellbenders. This typically involves paid student research internships over the summer. His students develop field and lab skills, network with wildlife professionals from zoos, universities, and state and federal agencies, and have the opportunity to present their research at meetings.

    Dr. Freake has also been the coach of Lee University Women’s Rugby Club. The team has built a great reputation for a high level of performance on the field, reaching the National Championships six times since he took on the position in 2008. There is a strong emphasis on providing a supportive, empowering club for students who come with a wide range of athletic abilities and backgrounds wanting to play the fastest growing women’s team sport in the United States.

Academic Calendar

11/27
Classes Resume
All day

Classes Resume
12/05
Last Day of Classes
All day

Last Day of Classes
12/05
Final day to withdraw from the University
Begins at 8:00 AM

Final day to withdraw from the University
12/05
Faculty Meeting
Begins at 4:00 PM

Rose Lecture Hall
Faculty Meeting
12/06
Reading Day
All day

Reading Day
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