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Coordinator Microbiology Lab

University of Central Oklahoma

Education and Certifications

University of Oklahoma, Department of Botany and Microbiology. 
Candidate for Ph.D. (ABD) Completed written and oral General examinations,1991

University of Oklahoma
Continued graduate work, 1977 - 1979

University of Oklahoma
M.S. Microbiology, 1976

University of Oklahoma
B.S. Microbiology, 1974    



University of Central Oklahoma, Department of Biology.  Lecturer, Microbiology Lab Coordinator.  Courses taught:  Introduction to Microbiology; General Biology. 2001 - present.  
Adjunct faculty, Oklahoma City University.  Courses taught: General Biology; Evolution of Science and Technology; Science, Technology, and Society; Critical Thinking for Biology Majors. 1992 - 2003.

Environmental Specialist II, Registered Public Sanitarian, Oklahoma State Dept. of Health, Industrial Waste Division.1979 - 1961.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Research areas:

Masters studies:  The intestinal microflora of Red River pupfish, isolation of bacteriophage for Arthrobacter species, control of morphogenesis in Arthrobacter.

Doctoral studies:  Methanogenic archaebacteria; degradation of municipal and chemical wastes in strict anaerobic environments; methanogenic ecosystems in deep subsurface environments.


1. Jones, R.E., R.E. Beeman, and J.M. Suflita. 1989. Anaerobic Metabolic Processes in the Deep Terrestrial Subsurface. Geomicrobiology Journal 7: 117-130.

2. Jones, R.E., R.E. Beeman, S. Liu, and J.M. Suflita. 1990. Anaerobic metabolic potential in the deep terrestrial subsurface. In Microbiology of the Deep Subsurface: Proceedings of the First International Symposium. C.B. Fliermans and T.C. Hazen eds. Westinghouse Savannah River Company Information Services Section Publications Group, Aiken S.C.

3. Becker, Erica C., Son H. Nguyen, Ralph E. Jones, and Christopher J. Butler. 2013. Temperature Affects the Clarity of Hummingbird Feeder Solutions. Bulletin of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society Vol 46, No. 4: 17-24.


Poster presentations:

1. “Using Candida albicans to Provide Visual Aids for the Pleomorphic Characteristics of Fungi”. Powell, L.J, R. Brennan, R. Jones. Oklahoma Research Day 2015.

2. “Preservation and Recovery of Penicillium sp. For Use in Classroom Demonstrations”. Powell, L.J., R. Jones. Oklahoma Research Day 2016.

Honors and Awards

President's Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty, Oklahoma City University

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