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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


Physiology related to nutrition and mind; Experimental design and analysis; Statistical inference (philosophies and application)

Barbara Ballentine

Associate Professor

Evolution and behavioral ecology

Chris Beyer


Cellular and molecular biology

Indrani Bose

Associate Professor

Molecular biology of Cryptoccucus neoformans virulence

Daniel Brown

Assistant Professor

Developmental biology, zebrafish, development, toxicology, heart formation, regeneration, aging

J. Kyle Boudreau


Human anatomy and physiology

Beth Budden


Human anatomy and physiology

Heather Coan

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

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 and 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

Associate Instructor

Molecular physiology, genetics

Maureen Peters Hickman

Associate Instructor

Molecular biology and forensic science

Sonja (Sunny) Himes

Associate Instructor

Environmental biology, botany, general biology

Jeremy Hyman

Professor and Assistant Department Head

Evolution, behavioral ecology, ornithology

Karen Kandl

Associate Instructor

Ecology, anatomy/physiology

Luiz Lima Da Silveira

Assistant Professor

Insect diversity, ecology, and evolution

Joe Bill Mathews

Associate Instructor

Anatomy and physiology, animal physiology

Kathy Gould Mathews

Professor and Director of the WCU Herbarium

Plant systematics

Randi Neff


Biochemistry, ecology, evolution

Seán 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

Anjana Sharma

Associate Instructor

Plant biology, Microbiology, General biology

Amanda R. Storm

Assistant Professor

Molecular biology, protein biochemistry, plant metabolism

I. Noa Sparks


Wildlife biology and human anatomy/physiology

André C. Velásquez Landmann

Assistant Professor

Plant–microbe interactions

Sam Walter


Molecular genetics, cell biology, and anatomy/physiology

Robert Youker

Associate Professor

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

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

Sabine J. Rundle, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; protein phosphorylation in plant growth and development

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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