Department of Biological Sciences

Research in Biology

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We study these organisms in a diverse range of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, from the campus woods to Ecuadorian tropical cloud forests and African Great Lakes.

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We also engage in laboratory-based experiments and analysis in such disciplines as genetics, ecosystem ecology, physiology, taxonomy, botany, and ecoinformatics.

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Our campus facilities include a greenhouse, aquarium room, and a forested, 75 hectare biology preserve.


Faculty Research Interests

Brief descriptions of the biology faculty research interests are listed below. For more thorough descriptions of research and training opportunities, please go to the individual faculty members page.

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Volker Bahn, Ph.D.

Species Distribution Modeling

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Don Cipollini, Ph.D.

Chemical Ecology of Plants and Herbivores

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Lynn Hartzler, Ph.D.

Vertebrate Respiratory Physiology

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Katie Hossler, Ph.D.

Wetlands Ecology & Biogeochemical Cycling

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Stephen Jacquemin, Ph.D.

Ecology and Evolution of Freshwater Fishes and Gastropods

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Shulin Ju, Ph.D.

Molecular Biology of Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)

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Ola Kolawole, Ph.D.

Virology, Cell & Molecular Biology

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Dan Krane, Ph.D.

Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics

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Jefferey Peters, Ph.D.

Molecular Ecology and Population Genetics

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William Romine, Ph.D.

Educational Measurement and Learning Analytics

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Megan Rua, Ph.D.

Terrestrial Microbial Ecology

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John Stireman, Ph.D.

Insect Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

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Rebecca Teed, Ph.D.

Research on Learning & Paleoclimatology

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Yvonne Vadeboncoeur, Ph.D.

Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology

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Andrew Voss, Ph.D.

Skeletal Muscle and Neuromuscular Physiology

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Quan Zhong, Ph.D.

Cell/molecular Biology of Neurodegenerative Disease