• Susanne Altermann

    Susanne Altermann

    Senior Lecturer

    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.

  • Celina Coffeen

    Celina Coffeen

    Lab Coordinator for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Safety Coordinator

    M.S. Memorial University of NewFoundland

  • Arielle Cooley

    Arielle Cooley

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., Duke University

    Research Interests: genetic basis of the evolution of diversity, particularly in Mimulus.

    Courses: Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Plant Physiology, Genetics.

  • Michael Coronado

    Michael Coronado

    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Research Interests: Mitochondria, Exercise, Cardiac Physiology, Sex Differences
    Courses: Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Bioenergetics

  • Elizabeth Danka

    Elizabeth Danka

    Visiting Assistant Professor

    Ph.D. Washington University, Saint 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

    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.

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  • Nancy Forsthoefel

    Nancy Forsthoefel

    Research Specialist

    M.S., University of Arizona

    Research Interests: plant molecular biology, developmental genetics, functional genomics.

    Courses: Genetics Labs.

  • Kendra Golden

    Kendra Golden

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

    Currently serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

    Research Interests: Various aspects of microbiology, including biofilms, antobiotic resistance, and phage therapy.

    Courses: Microbiology, Cell Biology, Nutrition.

  • Emily Hamada

    Emily Hamada

    Biology Lab Coordinator and Stockroom Manager

    B.S., Gonzaga University

  • Delbert Hutchison

    Delbert Hutchison

    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.

  • Kate Jackson

    Kate Jackson

    Associate Professor

    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.


  • Leena Knight

    Leena Knight

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., University of Washington

    Research Interests: cellular neurophysiology.

    Courses: Cell Signaling, NeuroPhysiology, Human Physiology.

  • Thomas Knight

    Thomas Knight

    Associate Professor

    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

  • Britney Moss

    Britney Moss

    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis

    Research Interests: Plant hormone signaling pathways, cell signaling dynamics, synthetic biology

    Courses: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology

  • Tim Parker

    Tim Parker

    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.

  • Michelle Shafer

    Michelle Shafer

    Lab and Imaging Coordinator for Cell and Molecular Biology

    M.S., Washington State University

    Courses: Biology 111 labs, Cell Biology labs.

  • Daniel M. Vernon

    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.

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  • Christopher Wallace

    Christopher Wallace

    Dr. Robert F. Welty Associate Professor.

    Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Research Interests: neuroplasticity, neuron development.

    Courses: Biology 111, Neurobiology.

  • C. Susan Weiler

    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.

  • Ginger Withers

    Ginger Withers

    Dr. Robert F. Welty Associate Professor

    Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Research Interests: cellular processes involved in brain cell deveopment.

    Courses: Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, Bio 111 lab.

  • Paul Yancey

    Paul Yancey

    Professor and Carl E. Peterson Endowed Chair of Sciences Emeritus

    Ph.D., UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

    Research Interests: deep-sea adaptations, coral osmotic balance and cryopreservation, mammalian kidney osmoregulation.