Biology

Program Information

Professors: Fraser (Chair), Girdler , Langeland, Moore, Salinas, Tanis, A. Wollenberg, M. Wollenberg

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.

Biology Department News

Mom Inspires Son’s Medical Ambitions

Emergency Medical Technician Brandon Wright Imagine, as a 14-year-old child, seeing your mother endure breast cancer. How might that [...]

Plan Bee: Cut Insecticides, Preserve Habitat

World Bee Day Flowers There’s been a buzz in the national news as Asian hornets, also called murder hornets, have [...]

Student Braves Coronavirus Front Lines

Maddie Odom fighting coronavirus in PPE At least one Kalamazoo College student is serving on the front lines in the world’s fight [...]

Professor’s Creative Trailer Motivates Biology Students

Santiago Salinas trailer fb   When Assistant Professor of Biology Santiago Salinas learned that Kalamazoo College [...]

Meet the Hornets Helping Bumblebees Through Citizen Science

Trevor Rigney (from left), Niko Nickson, Amy Cazier and Nicki Bailey comprised Biology Professor Ann Fraser's summer research group last year. What’s black, yellow and fuzzy all over? Bumblebees. And Biology Professor Ann Fraser wants to [...]

K Students Inspire Girls to Explore STEM Through Sisters in Science

Sisters in Science_fb When the world celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Feb. 11, a [...]

Biology Students: It Takes a Village to Stop Invasive Species

Fiorina Talaba and Fiona Summers mapping invasive species If you’ve ever wondered whether invasive species of plants are a problem in Michigan, four [...]

National Moth Week Spotlights Winged Insects

National Moth Week blacklighting at Quad If you ever see Kalamazoo College students hanging sheets by clotheslines suspended between [...]

2019 Senior Awards Ceremony Honors Students

2019 Senior Awards Ceremony cDUGAL 2019_0521 Congratulations to the following Kalamazoo College students who received awards during the [...]

‘Ambassador of Science’ Earns NSF Graduate Fellowship

NSF Graduate Fellow uses a microscope at Dow Science Center Each year, up to $100 billion worth of harvested food is lost worldwide to pests and microbes. [...]