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Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
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Dr. Clay Arango   

Clay Arango, Professor

Stream ecosystem ecology, nitrogen cycling, human-ecosystem interactions


Retired Emeritus Professor, Dr. Dan Beck  

Daniel Beck, Professor Emeritus

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. 


Dr. April Binder  

April Binder, Associate Professor

Reproductive biology focused on hormonal control of ovarian function and development


Retired Senior Lecturer, Dr. Lucy Bottcher  

Lucy Bottcher, Senior Lecturer (Retired)

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. 


Dr. Lucinda Carnell   

Lucinda Carnell, Professor

Regulation of behavior in the nematode, C. elegans


Retired Emeritus Professor, Dr. Dave Darda Showing Student A Model in Anatomy & Physiology class 

David Darda, Professor Emeritus

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. Jenny Dechaine 

Jennifer Dechaine, Professor 

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.


Dr. Blaise Dondji  

Blaise Dondji, Distinguished Professor

Cellular immune responses to hookworm and Leishmania infections, immunological and entomological studies of Leishmania and Leishmania/HIV co-infections in endemic foci, and drug discovery (Anthelminthics & Antiprotozoans)


Dr. Kris Ernest in woods holding up specimen from field research project  

Kristina Ernest, Professor 

Terrestrial ecology: small mammals, species interactions, connectivity


Eric Fleming, Lecturer


Dr. Fabiola Serra Fuertes Holding Her Patient, a Young Llama  

Fabiola Serra Fuertes, Senior Lecturer

Animal biology, physiology


Dr. Eric Graham  

Eric Graham, Senior Lecturer

Plant ecology


Dr. Jason Irwin  

Jason Irwin, Professor

Physiological and ecological aspects of cold tolerance in insects and amphibians


Dr. Paul James in woods, working on field research notes  

Paul James, Professor

Ecology & fisheries biology


Dr. Jim Johnson in woods showing example of large mushroom growing on a tree  

Jim Johnson, Professor 

Mycology, molecular systematics, molecular ecology and amphibian disease


Dr. Sarah Oppelt  

Sarah Oppelt, Assistant Professor

Aspects of metabolism and how it influences cell fate


Dr. Holly Pinkart outdoors during a student field research project  

Holly Pinkart, Professor, Department Chair

Microbial ecology and physiology, microbes of saline alkaline lakes


Dr. Mary Poulson  

Mary Poulson, Professor

Plant physiology, photosynthesis, and photosynthetic responses to the environment


Dr. Wayne Quirk  

Wayne Quirk, Professor

Sensory Physiology


Dr. Ian Quitadamo 

Ian Quitadamo, Professor

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


Dr. Linda Raubeson 

Linda Raubeson, Professor        

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


Dr. Ali Scoville 

Alison Scoville, Professor

Ecological and evolutionary genomics, rapid evolution and conservation biology


Dr. Gabe Stryker  

Gabrielle Stryker, Professor

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


Dr. Lixing Sun

Lixing Sun, Professor

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


For a listing of past faculty, please see the Biology Dept. Faculty Archive.

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