Biology encompasses areas ranging from molecular biology to ecosystem ecology. This breadth is reflected in our curriculum and in faculty and student research. Our joint mission of teaching and research strongly complement each other and provide students with an educational experience of very high quality.
Mission & Vision Statement
In support of the mission of Western Washington University and the College of Sciences and Technology, the mission of the Biology Department is to provide an outstanding learning environment that integrates education, scholarship, and service in order to actively engage students in the biological sciences and foster their development as lifelong learners. Successful graduates of our Department will understand fundamental biological principles in depth, will have laboratory and field skills to answer biological questions, will have enhanced critical thinking and quantitative skills, will be able to communicate precisely and analytically in written and oral forms, and will be able to engage independently and collaboratively to be thoughtful and productive contributors to society.
Promotions in the Biology Department
Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on their recent well-deserved promotions: Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez to Full Professor, Marion Brodhagen to Associate Professor, and Mary Ann Merrill to Administrative Manager B!!!
Peterson & Otto Contribution
Drs. Merrill Peterson and Joann Otto have made a contribution to the book, A Treatise on the Western Hemisphere Caraboidea (Coleoptera) Their classifications, distributions, and ways of life, Volume III (Carabidae-Loxomeriformes, Melaeniformes) by Terry L. Erwin.
Dr. Otto found the beetle on San Juan Island, WA and Dr. Peterson identified and photographed the living beetle, Zacotus matthewsii LeConte. The image is featured on Plate 65 of the publication.
Anderson's Lizard Photograph in ScienceShot
Faculty Research Lobby Display Winter 2012
Our winter quarter lobby display highlights the research of the following biology department faculty:
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Biology Department Seminar Series
Wed, May 15, 4pm, BI 234: “Sea urchin larvae respond to near-shore turbulent waters by settling early: rethinking the concept of metamorphic competence” with Jason Hodin, Research Scientist, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University; Department of Biology, University of Washington.
Wed, May 22, 4pm, BI 234: “Oncogenic inflammation: The mechanistic linkage of Cancer and Autoimmune Disease” with Jay Rothstein, Director, Inflammation Research, AMGEN; Adjunct Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.
Graduate Thesis Seminar
Tues, May 14, 9am, BI 234: “Influence of sex and body mass on Harbor Seal diving behavior” with Alexandra "Sasha" McFarland, Graduate Student, WWU.