Stephen P. Roberts, Vice provost and dean
Dr. Stephen P. Roberts became the first vice provost and dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business in August 2014. Previously, Roberts was a professor and chair of biology at Central Michigan University. Under his leadership, undergraduate enrollment in the biology department grew by 115 percent from 2009 to 2012, while graduate enrollment grew by 40 percent. He was an active leader in the procurement of $30 million from the state of Michigan and the planning for a $95 million, 157,000 square-foot bioscience building now under construction at CMU.
Roberts earned a Ph.D. in biology from Arizona State University in 1998. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in biological sciences from Illinois State University in 1990 and 1992, respectively. His research is related to the integrative biology of insects. His studies focus on how insects fly, how body temperature is regulated during extreme activity, and how age and behavioral specialization in social groups affect senescence and longevity. He specializes in the study of honeybees and solitary bee species, and has won several research awards from the American Physiological Society and the Society for Integrative Comparative Biology. He’s received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and NASA.
Roberts began his teaching and research career at the University of Chicago, where he held a postdoctoral research associate appointment in the department of organismal biology and anatomy. Roberts moved to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where he was an assistant professor and associate professor on the biological sciences faculty. He also served as associate director of UNLV’s School of Life Sciences and director of the School of Life Sciences’ core laboratories.
He is the co-author of one book, Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Insects, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press, and has authored or co-authored more than 40 journal articles and manuscripts.
In addition to spending time with his wife, Julie, and their three teenage children, Roberts enjoys fly-fishing, traveling and adventure, riding motorcycles and nature photography.