Amy Beumer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology




Mars SC 1161

(508) 286-5636


I am a microbiologist and a teacher. I currently teach microbiology lecture and lab, introductory biology lab (cells and genes), and a seminar on the human gut microbiome. Our research lab is looking at the role bacteria play in the oxidation of manganese in drinking water as well as more general questions on the metabolic functions of the microbial community in drinking water. I also conduct research on the effects of pedagogical practices, such as team learning and course based undergraduate research labs, on student attitudes towards biology.


Ph.D., Biology, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2006

B.S., Environmental Biology, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2001


Beumer, Amy. 2019. Student attitudes towards biology in an introductory biology course at a two-year, open access college. Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching. 4(1):40-54.

Beumer, Amy. 2018. Effectiveness of modified team-based learning in the introductory biology classroom of a two-year, open access college. AURCO Journal. 30-44

Beumer, A., D. King and S. Pfaller. 2010. Beumer, Amy, Dawn King, and Stacy Pfaller.  Detection of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in drinking water using Q PCR.  Appl. and Environ. Microbiol. 76:7367-70.

King, D., A. Beumer, and S. Pfaller.  2007.  Identification of Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis Isolated from Drinking Water and Food.  Conference Proceedings of the Water Quality and Technology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Beumer, Amy and Jayne B. Robinson. 2005. A broad-host-range, generalized transducing phage (SN-T) acquires 16S rDNA sequences from different genera of bacteria. Appl. and Environ. Microbiol. 71: 8301-8304.