Academics

Faculty & Staff

 
  Bryan Arnold, Assistant Professor, Biology. B.S. Wildlife Biology - Ohio University; M.S. Biology - John Carroll University; Ph.D. Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics - University of Maryland, College Park. I am a behavioral ecologist who studies the social behavior of temperate and tropical bat species. Currently I teach the introductory biology course – Biological Investigations and upper level courses in Ecology and Evolution, Animal Behavior, and Vertebrate Zoology.
 
  Laura Corey, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Biology. B.A. Biology - Grinnell College; Ph.D. Microbiology and Molecular Genetics - Harvard University; Post-doctoral Fellowship (NIH-NRSA) - Harvard University. Dr. Laura Corey uses the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, as a model system to study DNA damage repair pathways.  Dr. Corey also collaborates with Dr. Larry Zettler to identify orchids and their mycorrhizal fungi using molecular methods.
    Paul Hamilton, Assistant Professor in Biology. B.S. Biology/Chemistry - Illinois College; Ph.D. Cell and Developmental Biology - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hamilton is a cell and developmental biologist who is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating the regenerative capacity of tissues.
     
Miranda Karban, Assistant Professor in Biology. B.A. Anthropology - Illinois Weselyan University; M.S. Archeology - Illinois State University; Ph.D. Biological Anthropology - University of Iowa. Dr. Karban assists with introductory courses of biology at Illinois College. 
 
  Keenan Mack, Assistant Professor, Biology. B.S. Biology - University of Guelph; Ph.D. Evolutoionary Ecology - Indiana University. I teach the introductory biology course Biological Investigations, Microbiology and an upper level ecology course titled Ecological Interactions.
 
 
  Andrew Stice, Lab Manager, Chemistry & Biology/Chemical Hygiene. 
  Lawrence W. Zettler, Hitchcock Professor of Biology. Director, Orchid Recovery Program. B.S. Agriculture, Entomology - University of Florida; Ph.D. Plant Physiology - Clemson University. Most of my courses focus on biological diversity, especially courses involving plants (Botany, Plants & Society), insects (Entomology) and fungi (Algae & Fungi).  I also teach freshman-level courses (Freshman Seminar-Bizarre Foods, Biological Investigation), and trip courses (Tropical Ecology, Marine Biology).  The trip courses allow students to study plants and animals in the rainforests of Costa Rica, and coral reefs of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. 
 
Julia Leischner | Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
 
Juanita Leonhard | Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology


Adjunct Faculty & Staff

 
 
 
  Elaine Chapman, Medical Professions Advisor and Hitchcock Professor of Biology Emeritas
  Guy Sternberg, Adjunct Faculty, Biology, Starhill Forest Arboretum Co-Director. B.S., Horticulture and Landscape Architecture - Purdue University. Co-founder of Starhill Forest Arboretum, which was placed in trust to IC in 2008. We teach via field trips and internships here, plus occasional guest lectures on campus. Our efforts focus upon trees (especially our world famous oak collection) and other aspects of nature, ecology and woodcraft. 
     
  Edie Sternberg, Adjunct Faculty, Biology, Starhill Forest Arboretum Co-Director. B.A. Zoology and Mathematics - SIU Carbondale; MPH - University of California-Berkeley. Co-founder of Starhill Forest Arboretum, in trust to IC since 2008. We teach via field trips and internships here, plus occasional guest lectures on campus. Our efforts focus upon trees (especially our world famous oak collection) and other aspects of nature, ecology and woodcraft. 
     
  Alana McKean, Starhill Forest Arboretum Manager. B.S. Biology and Environmental Science - Illinois College. Alana served a summer student internship at the arboretum in 2007 and spent additional time here as a part time worker helping to transplant trees and manage the grounds. She also has earned certificates in basic lifesaving and wildland firefighting and is a certified nursing assistant. With her background and outdoor interests, Alana is a natural to help manage this arboretum and its NAPCC oak collection. 


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