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 links below will take you to more information about each research program


November 26, 2013 / By: Leah M. Domine, Ph.D.

Quantifying carbon dynamics in shallow lakes at the regional scale

Cell Biology

November 25, 2013 / By: Jennifer Cruise, PH.D.

Regulation of cell proliferation

Evolutionary Ecology & Animal Behavior

November 25, 2013 / By: Adam Kay, PH.D.

I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in linking trophic interactions, physiological mechanisms and behavioral strategies.

Plant physiology/biochemistry

November 22, 2013 / By: Amy S. Verhoeven, Ph.D.

Plant adaptations to stress

Ecosystem Ecology

September 3, 2013 / By: Gaston E. "Chip" Small, PH.D.

Human alteration of biogeochemical cycles and fate of anthropogenic nutrients in aquatic ecosystems

Physiology and Evolutionary Ecology

May 2, 2013 / By: Jerry F. Husak, Ph.D.

Evolution of physiological and morphological traits in reptiles


May 1, 2013 / By: Jennifer T. McGuire, Ph.D.

Chemical cycling in the environment driven by or impacting biological activity including human health


February 21, 2013 / By: Kurt R. Illig, PH.D.

Anatomy and physiology of the brain; mechanisms underlying learning and memory.

Behavioral neuroendocrinology

December 26, 2012 / By: Sarah A. Heimovics, Ph.D.

Seasonal plasticity in the neuroendocrine mechanisms regulating complex social behavior

Environmental Toxicology

November 2, 2012 / By: Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, PH.D.

Aquatic toxicology and physiological basis of behavior

Aquatic Ecology

June 28, 2012 / By: Kyle D. Zimmer, PH.D.

Ecology of shallow lakes and wetlands; food-web interactions and stoichiometric relationships


June 22, 2012 / By: Jayna L. Ditty PD.D

Circadian rhythms in cyanobacteria


May 9, 2010 / By: Jill M. Manske, PH.D.

Modulation of Anti-Tumor Immunity by Neuropeptides

Wildlife Biology

August 30, 2006 / By: Timothy L. Lewis, PH.D.

Population ecology, particularly population dynamics, habitat use, and migration

Plant Ecology

September 29, 2005 / By: Simon K. Emms, 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.