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 FacultySeán P. O'Connell, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Department Head; microbial ecology, diversity of bacteria and archaea in soils and waters, zymurgy
Kathy Gould Mathews, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Assistant Department Head, H. F. and Katherine P. Robinson Professor of Biology; plant systematics
Greg Adkison, Ph.D., Instructor; human biology, nutrition physiology, biostatistics
Barbara Ballentine, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; evolution and behavioral ecology
Chris Beyer, M.S., Lab coordinator for introductory biology lab
Indrani Bose, Ph.D., Associate Professor; molecular biology of Cryptoccucus neoformans virulence
Kefyn M. Catley, Ph.D., Professor, Science Education Coordinator, Director Western Regional Science Fair; 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., Associate Professor; plant community ecology
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., Associate Professor; ecological genetics, restoration ecology, conservation biology
Timothy Driscoll, Ph.D., Lecturer; bioinformatics, microbial genomics and metagenomics
Weaver Haney, M.S., Lecturer; microbiology
Darby Harris, Ph.D., Lecturer; molecular physiology, genetics
Sonja Himes, M.S., Lecturer; environmental biology, general biology, anatomy/physiology
Jeremy Hyman, Ph.D., Associate Professor; evolution, behavioral ecology, ornithology
Karen Kandl, Ph.D., Assistant Director Highlands Biological Station; ecology, anatomy/ physiology
Joe Bill Mathews, DVM, Lecturer; anatomy and physiology, animal physiology
Jessica L. Moore, Ph.D., Associate Professor; genetics, cancer biology
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; population and community ecology of aquatic organisms.
Noa Sparks, M.S., Lecturer; anatomy and physiology
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
Robert Youker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; molecular biology; protein dynamics involved in apical sorting, signal transduction, and cellular quality control pathways.
Emeritus FacultyRichard 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