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The Biology Department faculty have a wide variety of research interests and routinely include students to work side-by-side with them in the labs. From collecting data in the field and bringing it back to the lab to performing research tasks in the lab and assessing the results, students are an intricate part of the process.  Below you will find links to individual faculty who describe their work.

 

Name Area Topics
Lynn Bedard Molecular Biology
Microbiology
Role of Elongtion Factors in RNA transcription, microbial diversity.
James Benedix Behavioral Ecology
Evolutionary Ecology
 
Dana Dudle Plant Evolutionary Ecology, Evolution and ecology of flowering plants, especially pollination, pigments, and responses to stress.
Chet Fornari Molecular Genetics, Genomics
& Bioinformatics, Microbiology
 
Wade Hazel Ecological & Evolutionary Genetics  Threshold traits; Ecological genetics of conditional strategies.
Kevin Kinney Physiology, Immunology,
Neuroimmunology
 Nervous System - Immune interactions, particularly in reptiles and amphibians.
Pascal Lafontant Biomedical Science, Physiology  Heart regeneration, Vascular development, 3D Imaging
Sarah Lee  Community Ecology
Aquatic Ecology
 Causes and effects of aquatic biodiversity.
Melissa Petreaca Cell Biology & Immunology Inflammation resolution, regulation of neutrophil function & cell signaling.
Henning Schneider Molecular Neurobiology,
Physiology & Neuroethology
 
Janet Vaglia Developmental Biology Animal development, Evolution of Developmental pattering and Environmental Influences.
Bill Wills Entomology
Insect Ecology
Invasion Biology
Role of ants in grasslands.
Ecology of body size in ants.