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Department of Biological Sciences
Science Building, Room 338
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
Stream ecosystem ecology, nitrogen cycling, human-ecosystem interactions
Ecology, behavior, and physiology of reptiles in the Pacific NW, southwestern USA, and western Mexico
Dr. Beck retired from the Department of Biological Sciences in Spring 2022. If you have a question about mentoring or classes, please contact the Biology Office (509) 963-2731 for assistance.
Reproductive biology focused on hormonal control of ovarian function and development
Amphibians, management and preservation of tropical rainforests
Dr. Bottcher retired from the Department of Biological Sciences in Spring 2022. Please contact the Biology Office (509) 963-2731 for assistance.
Regulation of behavior in the nematode, C. elegans
Evolutionary vertebrate morphology, herpetology
Dr. Darda retired from the Department of Biological Sciences in Fall 2021. He will continue to use his CWU email, but if you have a question about mentoring or classes, please contact the Biology Office (509) 963-2731 for assistance.
Dr. Dechaine became the CWU Associate Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies / Director of the School of Education in Fall 2022. Please contact the Biology Office (509) 963-2731 or Rachel George, the Science Education Advisor for assistance.
Cellular immune responses to hookworm and Leishmania infections
Terrestrial ecology: small mammals, species interactions, connectivity
Info coming soon
Animal biology, physiology
Physiological and ecological aspects of cold tolerance in insects and amphibians
Ecology & fisheries biology
Mycology, molecular systematics, molecular ecology and amphibian disease
Aspects of metabolism and how it influences cell fate
Microbial ecology and physiology, microbes of saline alkaline lakes
Plant physiology, photosynthesis, and photosynthetic responses to the environment
Neuro-cognitive basis of critical thinking, assessment of science learning
Phylogeny of conifers, chloroplast genome evolution, conservation and ecological genetics of local plants
Ecological and evolutionary genomics, rapid evolution and conservation biology
Protozoan parasites, paraflagellar rod proteins in kinetoplastids, cell motility, immunology
Ecology and evolution of animal behavior (especially communication systems), primatology
For a listing of past faculty, including emeritus faculty, please see Faculty Archive.