Faculty Advisors

Please keep in mind that this list is not rigid or exhaustive. The courses listed for each area are suggestions to help you get started. Students are not required to limit themselves to courses listed under a single area. 

Possible Areas of Concentration and Faculty Advisors

BEHAVIOR AND NEUROBIOLOGY (Calsbeek, Hoppa, McPeek, ter Hofstede, Witters) BIOL 27, 32, 34, 37, 74, PSYC 26, 65

BIOCHEMISTRY (Bickel, Dolph, Gladfelter, Griffin,  Schaller, Sloboda, Smith, Witters) BIOL 37, 40, 45, 46, 66, 69, 71, 78, CHEM 52/58, 61, 63, 67, ENGS 30/PHYS 30, ENGS 64

CELL BIOLOGY (Bickel, Dolph, Gladfelter, Griffin, Hoppa, Schaller, Sloboda, Smith, Witters) BIOL 34, 37, 38, 40, 42, 45, 46, 66, 67, 69, 71, 78, CHEM 52/58, 61, 63 67, ENGS 30/PHYS 30, ENGS 64

DEVELOPMENT (Griffin, Jack, Peterson) BIOL 24, 28, 36, 40, 43, 45, 65.2, 76

ECOLOGY (Ayres, Calsbeek, Cottingham, McPeek, Peart, ter Hofstede) BIOL 21 or 51, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61 CHEM 52/58, ENVS 79, 80

EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY (Calsbeek, McPeek) BIOL 21 or 51, 27, 28, 29, 31, 45, 50, 58, 59

GENETICS (Bickel, Dolph, Griffin, Guerinot, Jack, McClung) BIOL 36, 38, 45, 46, 65.1, 66, 71, 76

GENOMICS, BIOINFORMATICS AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY (Cottingham, McPeek, Zhaxybayeva) BIOL 28, 29, 36, 39, 45, 47, 59, and appropriate COSC, MATH and ENGS courses

HUMAN BIOLOGY (Dolph, Gladfelter, Hoppa, Smith, Witters) BIOL 24, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 42, 45, 46, 66, 67, 69, 71, 78, CHEM 52/58

MOLECULAR ECOLOGY (Calsbeek, McPeek) BIOL 21 or 51, 31, 36, 40, 45, 58

MOLECULAR EVOLUTION (Dietrich, McPeek, Peterson, Zhaxybayeva) BIOL 28, 36, 38, 39, 40, 45, 47, 48, 62

MOLECULAR GENETICS (Bickel, Dolph, Gladfelter, Griffin, Guerinot, Jack, McClung) BIOL 38, 45, 46, 65.1, 65.2, 66, 69, 71, 75, CHEM 52/58

PALEOBIOLOGY (Peterson) BIOL 24, 28, 62, EARS 31, 40, 45-47, 68, 72

PHYSIOLOGY AND ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY (Ayres, Calsbeek, Hoppa, McPeek, Witters) BIOL 24, 31, 34, 35, 37, 42, 78, CHEM 52/58

PLANT BIOLOGY (Ayres, Guerinot, Jack, McClung, Peart, Schaller) Biol 21 or 51, 22, 23, 31, 54, 55, 57, 58, 61, 65.1, 65.2 CHEM 52/58 

PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (Guerinot, Jack, McClung, Schaller) BIOL 36, 38, 39, 45, 65.1, 65.2 CHEM 52/58

SECONDARY EDUCATION (Peterson)

Please remember that this list is not rigid or exhaustive. If you want to engineer an area of concentration that is not listed, that is fine. Any Biology faculty member may serve as your advisor, even if they are not listed under a specific area of concentration (provided they feel comfortable advising you). Our hope is that together with your advisor you will design a major that fulfills your unique interests and goals.

Advisors and Their Area of Concentration

  • Matt Ayres, office LSC 125
    Ecology
    Physiology and Organismal Biology
  • Sharon Bickel, office LSC 237
    Biochemistry
    Cell Biology
    Genetics
    Molecular Genetics
  • Ryan Calsbeek, office LSC 325
    Behavior and Neurobiology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Ecology
    Molecular Ecology
    Physiology and Organismal Biology
  • Kathy Cottingham, office LSC 124
    Ecology
    Genomics
    Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Michael Dietrich, office LSC 008A
    Molecular Evolution
  • Patrick Dolph, office LSC 351
    Biochemistry
    Cell Biology
    Genetics
    Human Biology
    Molecular Genetics
  • Amy Gladfelter, office LSC 224
    Biochemistry
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology
    Molecular Genetics
  • Erik Griffin, office LSC 348
    Cell Biology
    Development
    Genetics
    Molecular Genetics
  • Mary Lou Guerinot, office LSC 325
    Genetics
    Molecular Genetics
    Plant Biology
    Plant Molecular Biology
  • Michael B. Hoppa, office LSC 345
    Neurobiology
  • Thomas Jack, office LSC 331
    Development
    Genetics
    Molecular Genetics
    Plant Biology
    Plant Molecular Biology
  • Robert McClung, office LSC 323
    Molecular Genetics
    Plant Biology
    Plant Molecular Biology.
  • Mark McPeek, office LSC 022
    Behavior and Neurobiology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Ecology
    Genomics
    Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    Molecular Ecology
    Molecular Evolution
    Physiology and Organismal Biology
  • David Peart, office LSC 322
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
  • Kevin Peterson, office LSC 321
    Molecular Evolution
    Paleobiology
    Secondary Education
  • Eric Schaller, office LSC 339
    Biochemistry
    Cell Biology
    Plant Biology
    Plant Molecular Biology
  • Roger Sloboda, office LSC 222
    Biochemistry
    Cell Biology
  • Elizabeth Smith, office LSC 226
    Biochemistry
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology
  • Hannah ter Hofstede, office LSC 023
    Behavior and Neurobiology
    Ecology
  • Lee Witters, office LSC 122
    Behavior and Neurobiology
    Biochemistry
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology
    Physiology and Organismal Biology
  • Olga Zhaxybayeva, office LSC 026
    Genomics
    Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    Molecular Evolution