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Research and Scholarly Activity in the UNI Biology Department

     Research is a key activity at UNI. Research contributes to the body of scientific knowledge and trains the scientists of the future. Faculty members work with colleagues and with students to investigate, present and publish research in many areas. Publications include local, national and international journals, as well as reports and publications with various agencies and institutions, along with other scholarly contributions.

     Here are research projects and other intellectual activities undertaken by faculty and their colleagues and students in the past year. Each faculty member listed is followed by the colleagues and students working with them. All are in the Biology Department, and at UNI, unless otherwise specified.

     Click on the name of a faculty member listed below to find out more. Each name is followed by areas of research interest.

Faculty Areas of Interest

Anatomy & Physiology



Nathan Bird - Vertebrate Anatomy
Jill Maroo - Anatomy
David Saunders - Environmental Physiology
Carl Thurman - Animal Physiology
Darrell Wiens - Developmental Biology


Julie Kang - Plant Developmental Morphology
Mark Sherrard - Ecology and Field Ecology

Cell & Molecular Biology

Tilahun Abebe - Genetics, Functional Genomics, Stress Physiology
James Jurgenson - Genetics
David McClenahan - Cell Biology, Immunology
Nilda Rodriguez - Cell Biology, Microbiology
Carl Thurman - Animal Physiology
Michael Walter - Microbiology, VirologyFaculty/Student Research
Darrell Wiens - Animal Development

Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

Pete Berendzen - Systematics and Evolution of Fish
Maureen Clayton - Oceanography
James Demastes - Vertebrate Systematics
Kenneth Elgersma - Biostatistics, Ecology
Laura Jackson - Conservation Biology, Plant Population Biology
Mark Myers - Conservation Biology
Steve O'Kane - Plant Systematics
John Ophus - Entomology
Kurt Pontasch - Ecotoxicology
Mark Sherrard - Ecology and Field Ecology
Marek Sliwinski - Molecular and Developmental Plant Biology
Theresa Spradling - Evolutionary Biology
Jeff Tamplin - Herpetology

Science Education

Jill Maroo - Science Education
John Ophus - Science Education