Biology

Program Information

The mission of our department and curriculum is to educate students in the field of biology and foster a community of learning and practice. Our approaches are embedded in the context of a Kalamazoo College liberal arts education. Through our courses, research collaborations, advising, and departmental experiences, we help all students find their place in science and develop a biologist’s keen awareness of the natural world. Specifically, our goal is that all students who participate in Biology will:

  1. feel curious about the natural world and empathetic toward our shared environment;
  2. know what has been discovered about the natural world, the process by which such knowledge is gained, and how to evaluate competing claims;
  3. identify as new members of an interdependent community whose goal is to address socially relevant problems and questions; and
  4. continually apply/practice newfound knowledge and skills via career exploration, problem solving, research, communication, and teamwork.

Faculty

Anne Engh, Director of Biology Labs and Assistant Professor of Biology. BS, Iowa State University PhD, Michigan State University

Ann Fraser (Chair), Professor of Biology. BSc Acadia University, Nova Scotia PhD Harvard University

Binney Girdler, Professor of Biology. BA University of Virginia MES Yale University PhD Princeton University

Jim Langeland, Upjohn Professor of Life Sciences. BA Kalamazoo College PhD University of Wisconsin

Blaine Moore, Professor of Biology. BS University of North Florida PhD University of Florida

Kyle Morrison, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology and Head Coach of Cross Country. BA Hope College PhD Michigan State University

Isabel Pena y Valenzuela, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology. BS, PhD University of La Laguna, Spain

Santiago Salinas, Associate Professor of Biology. BA College of the Atlantic PhD Stony Brook University

Vijayan Sundararaj, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology. BSc Gujarat University MsC Ben-Gurion University PhD Lakehead University

Amanda Wollenberg, Associate Professor of Biology . BA St. Olaf College PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison

Michael Wollenberg, Associate Professor of Biology. BA Swarthmore College PhD University of Wisconsin

News

  • A job at a Kalamazoo lab through the COVID-19 pandemic has helped Maddy Harding '22 boost her science skills, benefiting her Senior Integrated Project. The post Biology Student Gains Skills, Perspective Working at Kalamazoo Lab appeared first on News and Events.
  • A student’s research has encouraged Associate Professor of Biology Santiago Salinas to extend Hancock’s inquiries overseas through the Fulbright program. The post Student’s Research Leads Faculty Member to Fulbright Program Nod appeared first on News and Events.
  • Two biology faculty members, a K student and an Oberlin College student from Kalamazoo have helped a study prove that humans are altering evolution. The post Global Study with K Ties: Humans Alter Evolution appeared first on News and Events.
  • Will Keller ’23 had a Big Year of birding in 2021 and he’s ready to tell the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo about it at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 28. The post Hundreds of Birds Plus Thousands of Miles Equals Student’s Big Year appeared first on News and Events.
  • Grace Hancock '22 is a great example of a woman in science the U.N. celebrates every February 11 on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The post Women in Science: Student’s Research Signals Trouble With Climate Change for Fish appeared first on News and Events.