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.
Bio/Anth Student, Emily Boerger, Named GNAC Academic All-Star
Emily Boerger, middle blocker for the WWU volleyball team and a Biology/Anthropology major, was named to the 2013 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Stars. This is the third time Emily has been recognized.
Dr. Benjamin Miner Researching Sea Star Wasting Disease
Benjamin Miner, Associate Professor of Biology at WWU, along with geneticist, Ian Hewson, Cornell University, will be exploring Sea Star Wasting Disease along the west coast. Click here for more information.
Paul J. Olscamp Research Award Given to Biology's Dr. David Hooper
David Hooper, Professor of Biology, was one of six faculty honored with awards for the 2012-13 academic year. The Paul J. Olscamp award is presented annually to a WWU faculty member having made an outstanding contribution to research. To read more about the award and Dr. Hooper's research, click here.
Kodner Distinguished by CIIA's Innovative Teaching Showcase
The 2012-13 Innovativative Teaching Showcase, themed Teaching Civic Engagement, featured three WWU faculty - including Dr. Robin Kodner, - who have "re-envisioned what it means to help students be active citizens engaged in their communities and in their learning in a variety of ways." To learn more about Dr. Kodner's innovative approach to teaching, click here.
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
Genetics Candidate: Mon, Nov 18, 4:00 pm, Biology Bldg. 234 (BI 234), Sexy males, selfish genes, and sex-biased gene expression: mate competition in stalk-eyed flies, Philip Johns, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology Program, Bard College, New York
Genetics Candidate: Wed, Nov 20, 4:00 pm, Biology Bldg. 234, (BI 234), Evolutionary genetics of adaptation in species with separate sexes, Tim Connallon, Ph.D., Research Associate, Cornell University, New York
Genetics Candidate: Mon, Dec 2, 4:00 pm, Biology Bldg. 234, (BI 234), Uncovering the molecular mechanism of complex dynamic traits, Dan Pollard, Ph.D., , Postdoctoral fellow, San Diego Center for Systems Biology, University of California, California
Genetics Candidate: Wed, Dec 4, 4:00 pm, Biology Bldg. 234 (BI 234), Who you hang out with matters: Evolutionary genetics of cooperation and cannibalism, Bronwyn Bleakley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Stonehill College, Massachusetts
Graduate Thesis Seminar
Tues, Nov 26, 1:00 pm, Communications Facility 110 (CF 110), Inducible defenses in intertidal gastropods, Chris Morgan, Biology Graduate Student, WWU