Cathy Tugmon

Associate Professor

Cathy Tugmon

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Department of Biological Sciences

College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Biological Sciences


Dr. Tugmon earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 and a M.S. in Biology from the Midwestern State University in Biology in 1987. Areas of expertise include spider and insect identification, as well as other characteristics about spiders and the bacteria they commonly carry on their bodies. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the University Senate and Co-chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan Development committee.

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  • GE 1008


  • Ph.D., Zoology/Animal Biology University of New Hampshire, 1993

  • MS, Bio, General Midwestern State University, 1987

  • BA, Health and Physical Education, California State University, C, 1975

  • AA, Liberal Arts and Sci , General Allan Hancock College, 1973

Awards & Honors

  • College of Science and Mathematics Service Award College of Science and Mathematics, 2016

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOL 1108

    Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 2500

    Microbiology for Nursing & AH

Teaching Interests

Principles of Biology I and II, Microbiology, and Insects as Vectors of Disease.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Proteases and protease inhibitors of the spider Argiope aurantia (Araneae, Araneidae), 1995
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Isolation of bacteria from spiders found in a variety of habitats, identification of the bacteria, determination of antibiotic sensitivities of the isolated bacteria, spider silk and spider proteases.

Department Service

  • Separation of BIOL 1108 Lab from Lecture 2017 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • Pre-Tenure Review Committee 2016 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • S-Stem Work Group 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair

University Service

  • Gateway to Completion 2018 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Momentum Core Team 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Diversity and Inclusion Alignment Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • General Education Assessment Committee 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Strategic Planning Core Team 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Public Service

  • Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia- Shift #1 2018

  • Cub Scouts of North Augusta 2017 - 2017

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • Seminar Talk on the Biology of Antarctica 2017 - 2017

    Role: Guest Speaker