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Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
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Clay Arango, Associate Professor

Stream ecosystem ecology, nitrogen cycling, human-ecosystem interactions



Daniel Beck, Professor

Ecology, behavior, and physiology of reptiles in the Pacific NW, southwestern USA, and western Mexico



April Binder, Associate Professor

Reproductive biology focused on hormonal control of ovarian function and development


Lucy Bottcher, Senior Lecturer

Amphibians, management and preservation of tropical rainforests



Lucinda Carnell, Professor 

Regulation of behavior in the nematode, C. elegans



David Darda, Professor Emeritus

Evolutionary vertebrate morphology, herpetology
Dr. Darda retired from the Department of Biological Sciences in Fall 2022.  He will continue to use his CWU email, but if you have a question about advising or classes, please contact the Biology Office (509) 963-2731 for assistance. 


Jennifer Dechaine, Professor 

Plant evolutionary genetics



Blaise Dondji, Professor

Cellular immune responses to hookworm and Leishmania infections



Kristina Ernest, Professor 

Terrestrial ecology: small mammals, species interactions, connectivity


Eric Fleming, Lecturer

Info coming soon



Fabiola Serra Fuertes, Senior Lecturer

Animal biology, physiology



Eric Graham, Senior Lecturer

Plant ecology



Jason Irwin, Professor

Physiological and ecological aspects of cold tolerance in insects and amphibians



Paul James, Professor

Ecology & fisheries biology



Jim Johnson, Professor 

Mycology, molecular systematics, molecular ecology and amphibian disease


Sarah Oppelt, Assistant Professor

Aspects of metabolism and how it influences cell fate



Holly Pinkart, Professor, Department Chair

Microbial ecology and physiology, microbes of saline alkaline lakes




Mary Poulson, Professor

Plant physiology, photosynthesis, and photosynthetic responses to the environment



Wayne Quirk, Professor

Sensory Physiology



Ian Quitadamo, Professor

Neuro-cognitive basis of critical thinking, assessment of science learning



Linda Raubeson, Professor        

Phylogeny of conifers, chloroplast genome evolution, conservation and ecological genetics of local plants



Alison Scoville, Associate Professor

Ecological and evolutionary genomics, rapid evolution and conservation biology



Gabrielle Stryker, Associate Professor

Protozoan parasites, paraflagellar rod proteins in kinetoplastids, cell motility, immunology




Lixing Sun, Professor

Ecology and evolution of animal behavior (especially communication systems), primatology


For a listing of past faculty, including emeritus faculty, please see Faculty Archive.

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