Faculty & Staff

Meet the Department of Physics faculty and staff.


Whitney Coyle, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pre-Engineering Coordinator
Bush Science Center
T. 407.691.1279

BS, Murray State University
MS, Penn State University
PhD, Penn State University

A trained musician-mathematician, Professor Coyle found her calling in acoustics, the science of sound. This all began by her studying clarinet performance and mathematics at Murray State University in Kentucky and then continuing on earn her PhD in acoustics from the Pennsylvania State University Graduate Program in Acoustics in 2016. Her dissertation research was performed primarily in Marseille and Paris, France, and focused on analytical models to describe acoustical characteristics of the clarinet. She is currently interested in research to better the understanding of the complicated mechanisms that contribute to the playability (or lack thereof) of a particular instrument. Coyle joined the Rollins faculty in 2015 and is passionate about education and teaching through research with undergraduate students. She is active in many scientific societies, including the Acoustical Society of America, the Association of Physics Teachers, and the International Clarinet Association, and is an enthusiastic clarinetist in the Rollins College Wind Ensemble.

Christopher Fuse, PhD
Associate Professor
Bush Science Center – Room 118D
T. 407.691.1283

BS, St. Bonaventure University
MS, Miami University
PhD, Texas Christian University

Christopher Fuse has been an assistant professor of physics at Rollins College since fall 2008. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Texas Christian University in 2008 where he studied the photometric properties and X-ray emission of isolated early-type galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). He completed an MS in physics at Miami University where he studied the formation of planetary systems, emphasizing the formation of moons around gas giant planets. He also completed his BS in physics at St. Bonaventure University.

Thomas Moore, PhD
Professor of Physics
Bush Science Center – Room 269
T. 407.646.2349

BS, Stetson, University
MS, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
PhD, Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

Professor Moore is a native of central Florida who has been teaching at Rollins since 1999. Prior to joining the faculty he served as an officer in the U.S. Army for 21 years, during which time he held positions ranging from commander of a combat arms unit in Europe to research scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His final position in the Army was teaching in the physics department at the United States Military Academy (West Point). His current research emphasizes collaborating with students to study the physics of musical instruments, with an emphasis on applying laser technology to investigate acoustical phenomena. He holds the Archibald Granville Bush Chair of Natural Science, is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a former Carnegie Foundation Florida Professor of the Year, and an associate editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and the International Trumpet Guild Journal.

Anne Murdaugh, PhD
Assistant Professor
Bush Science Center – Room 312A
T. 407.646.2225

BS, Georgia Institute of Technology
MS, University of Arizona
PhD, University of Arizona

Anne Murdaugh joined the faculty of Rollins College in the Fall of 2011. She received her PhD in 2009 from the University of Arizona where she focused on the visualization and characterization of heteroepitaxial crystal growth of natural minerals. After receiving her PhD in physics, she became an HHMI Postdoctoral Fellow at Mount Holyoke College where she applied her physics and atomic force microscopy skills to determining the adhesive properties of biofilms. She also completed her BS in physics at Georgia Tech and is happy to be located in sunny Florida.


Pamela Mason
Administrative Assistant
Bush Science Center – Room 110
T. 407.646.2223

Pam Mason has been employed by Rollins College since 1994. She currently supports the Departments of Physics and the Department of Chemistry. Before Rollins, she has had a long and varied work history including an orderly in a psychiatric facility, an assistant to a morgue pathologist, and a coordinator for a migrant farm workers education program. Pam was also a sergeant in the United State Air Force and worked as a Czechoslovakian translator for seven years.

Department of Physics
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue – 2743
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2223