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

Afshan Ismat, Ph.D.
Understanding how the extracellular environment guides cells to form tissues and organs using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
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Leah M. Domine, Ph.D.
Quantifying carbon dynamics in shallow lakes at the regional scale
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Jennifer Cruise, PH.D.
Regulation of cell proliferation
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Adam Kay, PH.D.
I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in linking trophic interactions, physiological mechanisms and behavioral strategies.
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Amy S. Verhoeven, Ph.D.
Plant adaptations to stress
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Gaston E. "Chip" Small, PH.D.
Human alteration of biogeochemical cycles and fate of anthropogenic nutrients in aquatic ecosystems
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Jerry F. Husak, Ph.D.
Evolution of physiological and morphological traits in reptiles
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Jennifer T. McGuire, Ph.D.
Chemical cycling in the environment driven by or impacting biological activity including human health
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Kurt R. Illig, PH.D.
Anatomy and physiology of the brain; mechanisms underlying learning and memory.
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Sarah A. Heimovics, Ph.D.
Seasonal plasticity in the neuroendocrine mechanisms regulating complex social behavior
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Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, PH.D.
Aquatic toxicology and physiological basis of behavior
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Kyle D. Zimmer, PH.D.
Ecology of shallow lakes and wetlands; food-web interactions and stoichiometric relationships
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Jayna L. Ditty PD.D
Circadian rhythms in cyanobacteria
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Jill M. Manske, PH.D.
Modulation of Anti-Tumor Immunity by Neuropeptides
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Timothy L. Lewis, PH.D.
Population ecology, particularly population dynamics, habitat use, and migration
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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.
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