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.
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.
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