Biology Faculty & Staff

Biology faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching and research, engaging students in coursework and creative inquiries by promoting the free and friendly interchange of ideas.Collecting specimens.


Current Faculty

Seán P. O'Connell, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Department Head; microbial ecology, diversity of bacteria and archaea in soils and waters, zymurgy

Kathy Gould Mathews, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Assistant Department Head, H. F. and Katherine P. Robinson Professor of Biology; plant systematics


Greg Adkison, Ph.D., Instructor;  human biology, nutrition physiology, biostatistics  

Barbara Ballentine, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; evolution and behavioral ecology

Chris Beyer, M.S., Lab coordinator for introductory biology lab

Indrani Bose, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; molecular biology of Cryptoccucus neoformans virulence

Kefyn M. Catley, Ph.D., Professor, Science Education Coordinator, Director Western Regional Science Fair; systematics and biology of spiders

Heather Coan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; regenerative medicine and the genetics that underlie diseases of bones and joints

Beverly Collins, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor; plant community ecology

James T. Costa, Ph.D., Professor; Director, Highlands Biological Station; evolutionary genetics and behavior of social insects, especially social Lepidoptera and Symphyta

Laura E. DeWald, Ph.D., Associate Professor; ecological genetics, restoration ecology, conservation biology

Weaver Haney, M.S., Lecturer; microbiology

Darby Harris, Ph.D., Lecturer; molecular physiology, genetics

Sonja Himes, M.S., Lecturer; environmental biology, general biology, anatomy/physiology

Jeremy Hyman, Ph.D., Associate Professor; evolution, behavioral ecology, ornithology

Karen Kandl, Ph.D., Assistant Director Highlands Biological Station; ecology, anatomy/ physiology

Joe Bill Mathews, DVM, Lecturer; anatomy and physiology, animal physiology

Jessica L. Moore, Ph.D., Associate Professor; genetics, cancer biology

Joseph Pechmann, Ph.D., Associate Professor; population and community ecology, herpetology, wetlands ecology

Malcolm R. (Mack) Powell, Ph.D., Professor; immunology and infectious diseases

Thomas H. Martin, Ph.D., Associate Professor; population and community ecology of aquatic organisms.

Noa Sparks, M.S., Lecturer; anatomy and physiology

Sabine J. Rundle, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director; molecular biology of plant development

Anjana Sharma, Ph.D., Instructor; microbiology, plant biology, human biology.


Emeritus Faculty

Richard C. Bruce, Ph.D., Duke University; life histories, ecology, and evolution of plethodontid salamanders

Frederick A. Coyle, Ph.D., Harvard University; systematics, behavior, and ecology of spiders.

Fred D. Hinson, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; microbiology, bacterial cytotechnique, antigen-antibody reactions involving Salmonella species.

James Horton, Ph.D., University of North Carolina; plant anatomy

Roger H. Lumb, Ph.D., University of South Carolina; lipid biochemistry, dynamics of lipids in membranes

Henry R. Mainwaring, Ph.D., University College of Wales, Aberystwyth; mycology, cell biology, DNA content and cell division rates

Allen Moore, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; aquatic ecology

James W. Wallace, Jr., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; plant biochemistry, physiology, and distribution of secondary metabolites; medicinal plants of the southern Appalachians; biological photography

C. Paul Wright, Ph.D., University of Utah; lethal mutants and developmental genetics of Drosophila melanogaster




Krista Schmidt, M.S.L.S., Librarian and Liaison to Biology, and Chemistry and Physics
Misty Cope, Administrative Support Associate


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