Biology Faculty and 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.

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

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

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

Chris Beyer, M.S., Adjunct instructor for Cellular and Molecular Biology and Microbiology

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

Kefyn M. Catley, Ph.D., Professor; 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., Professor; conservation, restoration, and dynamics of plant communities

Kim Corzine, M.S., Adjunct Instructor; general biology and environmental education

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., Professor; ecological genetics, restoration ecology, conservation biology

Cameron Duke, M.S., Adjunct Instructor; environmental biology, behavioral ecology, bioacoustics

Megan Eckardt, M.S., Lecturer; arthropod behavior, kin selection, kin-specific communication and signaling

Maria Gainey, Ph.D., Lecturer; Immunology, Virology, Bacteriophage Genomics, and Virus-Host Interactions

Weaver Haney, M.S., Lecturer; microbiology and organismal biology

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

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

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

Karen Kandl, Ph.D., Instructor; ecology, anatomy/physiology

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

Kathy Gould Mathews, Ph.D. , Associate Professor; Director of the WCU Herbarium (WCUH); plant systematics

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 and Assistant Department Head; population and community ecology of aquatic organisms.

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.

Robert Shetlar, Ph.D., Lecturer; physiology

Amanda R. Storm, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; molecular biology, protein biochemistry, plant metabolism

Robert Youker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; molecular biology; protein dynamics involved in apical sorting, signal transduction, and cellular quality control pathways.

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

Staff

Krista Schmidt, M.S.L.S., Librarian and Liaison to Biology, and Chemistry and Physics

Misty Cope, Administrative Support Associate

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