Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
Research interests: symbioses, especially in lichens and in plant galls.
Courses: a variety of ecology, evolution and plant classes.
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Mitochondria, Exercise, Cardiac Physiology, Sex Differences
Courses: Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Bioenergetics
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis
Research interests: bacterial interactions (cooperative and competitive), host-pathogen interactions, antimicrobial peptides
Courses: Microbiology and Immunology, Cell Biology, Human Microbiota
Heidi E. M. Dobson
Spencer F. Baird Professor of Biology, Director of the Anderson Herbarium (WCW), and Director of the Whitman teaching greenhouse
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: bee-flower ecology, pollen biology, pollination.
Courses: Biology 112, Plant Ecology, Plant Identification Lab, Plants and Peoples, Plant Biology, History and Ethnobiology of the Silk Roads (lecture course and field course), Crossroads: Pollination Biology in Sweden, Summer 2017.
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Currently serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Research Interests: Various aspects of microbiology, including biofilms, antibiotic resistance, and phage therapy.
Courses: Microbiology, Cell Biology, Nutrition.
Biology Lab Coordinator and Stockroom Manager
B.S., Gonzaga University
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Co-Director
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Research Interests: phylogeography and population genetics; natural history of the Blue Mountains.
Courses: Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Natural History, Genetics.
Ph.D., Harvard University
Research Interests: African herpetology, evolution and systematics of snakes, snake venom-delivery systems.
Courses: Biology 112, Comparative Anatomy, Amphibians and Reptiles.
Learn more about Professor Jackson and her herpetology work in the Congo by watching this video.
Ph.D., University of Washington
Research Interests: Systems neurophysiology, visuomotor coordination and learning, mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Courses: BIOL111 Biological Principles, BIOL323 Neurophysiology, BIOL272 Human Anatomy and Physiology
Lab Coordinator for Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Environmental Studies
B.S., University of Idaho
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Research Interests: evolution and ecology, especially of birds; sources of bias in empirical research.
Courses: Ecology, Natural History and Ecology, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Biodiversity.
Lab and Imaging Coordinator for Cell and Molecular Biology
M.S., Washington State University
Courses: Biology 111 labs, Cell Biology labs.
Daniel M. Vernon
Arthur G. Rempel Professor of Biology, BBMB Program Director
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Research Interests: plant molecular biology, developmental genetics, functional genomics.
Courses: Molecular Biology, BBMB Senior Seminar, Genetics.
C. Susan Weiler
Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Research Interests: Earth system science and initiatives to foster interdisciplinary research and collegial networking related to climate change and impacts; see disccrs.org.