The M.S. in Biological Sciences is a general degree and covers a diverse range of interests. All Department of Biological Sciences members are considered potential instructors and thesis advisors in the program. Thesis committees are required to have at least two faculty members from the Department of Biological Sciences, one of which is required to be the supervisor. A third member of the thesis committee can come from outside the department. It is recommended that you contact potential faculty sponsors that match your interest before submitting any application materials. Biology faculty who frequently teach courses in the program and advise graduate students include:

Dr. Ritin Bhaduri:
Marine and estuarine ecology, invertebrate zoology.

Dr. Sarah Bissonnette:
Investigating the development of conceptual expertise in Biology. Probing biology students' molecular understanding of everyday biological phenomena.

Dr. Matthew Cover:
Freshwater ecology: temporary streams, disturbance ecology, aquatic insects.

Dr. Michael Fleming:
Ecology (communities and populations, plant/animal interactions), science education (metacognition, identifying and correcting misconceptions in biology, learning how to learn in the sciences).

Dr. Marina Gerson:
Ecology, herpetology, behavioral ecology, evolution, desert biology, tropical biology.

Dr. Michael Guernsey
The connection of underlying genes to developmental processes in a variety of systems, including placenta development in disparate taxa and carotenoid-based yellow pigmentation in bats.

Dr. Choong-Min Kang:
Developing novel brewing yeasts of various industrial yeast strains by cell fusion and CRISPR. Also, my research group is interested in developing and commercializing probiotics by using novel Lactobacillus strains.

Dr. Jeanette Pirlo
Evolution and paleoecology of herbivores, with a particular interest in Miocene Gomphotheres and Mastodons.

Dr. Brian Sardella:
Comparative and environmental physiology, physiology of extreme environments, and ichthyology.

Dr. Jefferey Scales:
Functional morphology, biomechanics, animal locomotion, herpetology.

Dr. My Lo Thao:
Genetics and evolution of endosymbiotic bacteria-insect associations, environmental microbiology (bioremediation), and molecular biology.

Dr. Tricia Van Laar
Microbial genomics, microbial pathogenesis and metabolism, biofilms, and avian microbiota.

Updated: July 13, 2023