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.
Clicking on the images below will take you to more information about each research program.
Circadian rhythms in cyanobacteria
|Jayna L. Ditty, Ph.D.|
My main research goal is to understand how ecological and evolutionary factors shape the great variety of reproductive systems possessed by flowering plants.
|Simon K. Emms, Ph.D.|
Plant adaptations to stress
|Amy S. Verhoeven, Ph.D.|
Aquatic toxicology and physiological basis of behavior
|Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Ph.D.|
Human alteration of biogeochemical cycles and fate of anthropogenic nutrients in aquatic ecosystems
|Gaston E. "Chip" Small, Ph.D.|
|Evolutionary Ecology & Animal Behavior
I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in linking trophic interactions, physiological mechanisms and behavioral strategies.
|Adam Kay, Ph.D.|
Modulation of Anti-Tumor Immunity by Neuropeptides
|Jill M. Manske, Ph.D.|
Regulation of cell proliferation
|Jennifer Cruise, Ph.D|
Origin of hepatic endothelium in birds and its role as an inducer of hepatocyte differentiation
|Glenn K. Sherer, Ph.D.|
Ecology of shallow lakes and wetlands; food-web interactions and stoichiometric relationships
|Kyle D. Zimmer, Ph.D.|
Population ecology, particularly population dynamics, habitat use, and migration
|Timothy L. Lewis, Ph.D.|
Role of shallow lakes in regional and global carbon cycling
|Leah M. Domine, Ph.D.|
Anatomy and physiology of the brain; mechanisms underlying learning and memory.
|Kurt R. Illig, Ph.D.|
|Physiology and Evolutionary Ecology
Evolution of physiological and morphological traits in reptiles
|Jerry F. Husak, Ph.D.|
Seasonal plasticity in the neuroendocrine mechanisms regulating complex social behavior
|Sarah A. Heimovics, Ph.D.|