The Department of Biology is a community of teacher-scholars, with faculty representing the full breadth of biological specializations — from molecular genetics to landscape/ecosystem ecology.

Our goal is to provide hands-on experiences through classroom laboratories and undergraduate research.  Our faculty and our 45 graduate students welcome our undergraduate majors to engage in independent research ongoing in 23 labs, plant, animal and fungal research/teaching collections, a greenhouse, a sixty-seven acre Nature Preserve adjacent to campus and larger land holdings in the area, as well as access to extensive globally significant surrounding state and federal parks and forests. 

We seek to enable our graduates to gain sound scientific knowledge, learn the skills needed to create new knowledge, the excitement and appreciation of scientific discovery, and the ability to convey that information and enthusiasm to society.  We are dedicated to engaging students in outstanding teaching and we believe that our research and discovery inform the science that we teach.

Department Spotlights

Faculty & Staff

Why did you become a biologist (and specifically the type of biologist you are)?

 A great love of the outdoors led me towards a biology undergraduate degree. I spent a lot of...


Peter Smith

When did you graduate? Who was your supervisor when you were here?

I graduated in 1998. Dr. Gary Walker was my major advisor.

What do you currently do?


Graduate Students

Lauren Wood and Tucker Munday

For our next installation in the featured graduate Student series in our Featured Graduate Student Series, we have Lauren Wood and Tucker Munday. Lauren works with Dr. Howie Neufeld and Tucker is with Dr...