In the Biology Department, we especially enjoy working on research projects with students and we currently have 48 student-faculty research investigations in progress. Many students conduct these projects as part of a university or departmental honors, some enroll for independent study credits and others participate in research simply for the experience. These investigations are funded by a variety of intramural and extramural grants and in a typical academic year, our department procures about $250,000 - $500,000 to support research. The following is an overview of these faculty sponsored investigations.
- Dr. Jean Boal
Conditional discrimination learning in cephalopods. Chemical communication and chemical sensation in mollusks.
- Dr. Judy Cebra-Thomas
Developmental biology. Developmental basis for evolutionary change.
- Dr. Dominique Didier
Ichthyology, phylogenetic systematics, and taxonomy.
- Dr. Shawn Gallagher (Dr. Gallager is a neurobiologist in the Psychology Department and often works with biology majors.)
Clinical eye research. Mydriatics and tear formation.
- Dr. Aaron Haines
Conservation and wildlife biology. Director of the Applied Conservation Lab.
- Dr. Christopher Hardy
Ecology, biogeography and antimicrobial properties of Commelina.
Illustrated guide to invasive species of 'the Bush'. Botanical Illustration.
- Dr. Carol Hepfer
Genetics and genetic recombination studies with yeast. Mechanism of sex determination in octopuses.
- Dr. Brent Horton
Vertebrate ecological physiology and behavioral ecology
- Dr. John Hoover
Design-based stereology in neuroscience.
- Dr. Timothy Ladd
Bacterial biofilm investigations.
- Dr. Joel Piperberg
Effects of cholesterol and ethanol on the stability of the red blood cell membrane.
- Dr. Ryan Wagner
Time lapse photography of plant tropisms.
- Dr. John Wallace
Assessing the prevalence of PCB's in wetland habitats. Microbiome changes through avian development from egg-fledging. Microbial community shifts among avian gastrointestinal regions during decomposition. Assessment of microplastics in stormwater and historically in macroinvertebrates as a function of land-use. Microbial biofilm community succession in estuarine habitats.
- Dr. LaVern Whisenton-Davidson
Insect Biochemistry, Endocrinology
- Dr. Daniel Yocom
Streamside forest restoration studies. Studies in arthropod diversity.