Illinois Wesleyan


The biology faculty are both scholars and teachers, devoted to teaching excellence and to making important contributions to our individual disciplines through fieldwork, research, and writing. Faculty research interests include, environmental sustainability, ecology, genetics, invertebrate form and function, animal developmental biology, cellular function and fate, animal physiology, and much more. We are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year gateway courses to advanced courses.

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Richard Alvey

Assistant Professor of Biology

Research Interests: Diversity of viruses in freshwater environments

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Loralyn Cozy

Associate Professor of Biology

Research Interests: Regulation of cell division during terminal differentiation

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R. Given Harper

George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Professor of Biology

Research Interests: Avian evolutionary ecology

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Libby Haywood

Instructional Professor 

Research Interests: Development of Bacterial Toxin-Inspired Drug Delivery (BTIDD) vehicles

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William Jaeckle

Professor of Biology

Research Interests: Larval life history, development, physiology, and ecology

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Edgar Lehr

Robert Harrington Endowed Professor of Biology

Research Interests: Biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles in the neotropics (Peru, Suriname).

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Tyler Schwend

Assistant Professor of Biology

Research Interests: Molecular regulation of corneal nerves during eye development

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Sheryl Soukup

Laboratory Coordinator for Human Biology (Biology 107 and 108)

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Loni Walker

Associate Professor  and Chair of Biology

Research Interests: Growth and developmental processes in plants

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Brian Walter

Associate Professor of Biology

Research Interests: Cell and structural developmental biology

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