The department of Biology supports the active engagement of students in the real work of science - in the classroom, in the field, and in the laboratory. Our curriculum is designed to involve students in the process of scientific discovery. Upper-level courses offer opportunities to plan and execute significant research projects, and to become skillful interpreters and presenters of research findings.
Many students work collaboratively with our faculty, engaging in active research in many areas of biological science. Summer is a particularly active time. Click here to learn more about research in our department during the summer. Our well-equipped teaching and research labs support these endeavors.
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Quantifying carbon dynamics in shallow lakes at the regional scale
Regulation of cell proliferation
I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in linking trophic interactions, physiological mechanisms and behavioral strategies.
Plant adaptations to stress
Human alteration of biogeochemical cycles and fate of anthropogenic nutrients in aquatic ecosystems
Evolution of physiological and morphological traits in reptiles
Chemical cycling in the environment driven by or impacting biological activity including human health
Anatomy and physiology of the brain; mechanisms underlying learning and memory.
Seasonal plasticity in the neuroendocrine mechanisms regulating complex social behavior
Aquatic toxicology and physiological basis of behavior
Ecology of shallow lakes and wetlands; food-web interactions and stoichiometric relationships
Circadian rhythms in cyanobacteria
Modulation of Anti-Tumor Immunity by Neuropeptides
Population ecology, particularly population dynamics, habitat use, and migration
My main research goal is to understand how ecological and evolutionary factors shape the great variety of reproductive systems possessed by flowering plants.