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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

Thomas H. Martin

Associate Professor and Department Head

population and community ecology of aquatic organisms.

Greg Adkison


human biology and biostatistics

Barbara Ballentine

Associate Professor

evolution and behavioral ecology

Indrani Bose

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

molecular biology of Cryptoccucus neoformans virulence

Heather Coan

Associate Professor

regenerative medicine and the genetics that underlie diseases of bones and joints

Beverly Collins

Professor and Graduate Program Director

conservation, restoration, and dynamics of plant communities

James Costa

Professor, Director

Highlands Biological Station; evolutionary genetics and behavior of social insects, especially social Lepidoptera and Symphyta

Megan Eckardt


arthropod behavior, kin selection, kin-specific communication and signaling

Weaver Haney


microbiology and organismal biology

Darby Harris


molecular physiology, genetics

Maureen Peters Hickman


molecular biology and forensic science

Sonya Himes


environmental biology, general biology, anatomy/physiology

Jeremy Hyman

Professor and Assistant Department Head

evolution, behavioral ecology, ornithology

Karen Kandl


ecology, anatomy/physiology

Joe Bill Mathews


anatomy and physiology, animal physiology

Kathy Gould Mathews


Director of the WCU Herbarium (WCUH); plant systematics

Sean P. O'Connell

Associate Professor

microbial ecology, diversity of bacteria and archaea in soils and waters, zymurgy

Joseph Pechmann

Associate Professor

population and community ecology, herpetology, wetlands ecology

Malcolm R. (Mack) Powell


immunology and infectious diseases

Sabine J. Rundle

Associate Professor

molecular biology of plant development

Anjana Sharma


microbiology, plant biology, general biology.

Luiz Silveira

Assistant Professor

Insect diversity, ecology, and evolution

Amanda R. Storm

Assistant Professor

molecular biology, protein biochemistry, plant metabolism

Robert Youker

Associate Professor

molecular biology; protein dynamics involved in apical sorting, signal transduction, and cellular quality control pathways.

Chris Beyer, M.S., Adjunct Instructor; Cellular and Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Daniel Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology, zebrafish, development, toxicology, heart formation, and regeneration/aging.

Beth Budden, M.S., Instructor; human anatomy and physiology

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

Emeritus Faculty

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

Kefyn M. Catley, Ph.D., Cornell University; arthropod systematics, evolutionary biology, science education, cello, photography of nature

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

Laura E. DeWald, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; ecological genetics, restoration ecology, conservation biology

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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