R. Given Harper, Ph.D.






George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology


B.S. Biology, Transylvania University
M.S. Zoology, Western Illinois University
Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Illinois State University


Each May, Illinois Wesleyan offers several travel courses, led by faculty and lasting 3-4 weeks. Here Professor Given Harper discusses his biannual Tropical Ecology course in Costa Rica. This course fulfills requirements for either the Biology major or the Environmental Studies major.
Undergraduate Research: Jason Murphy, biology major, compares eggshell structure of different bird species. Along with fellow student Mark Swanson, Jason was lead author of a paper describing the research technique they developed in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, one of the top ornithological journals in the world. The technique may help shed light on avian evolutionary history. Full story


Dr. Harper is an ecologist with diverse research interests. He is currently supervising students who are investigating the distribution and habitat preferences of American Badgers (Taxidea taxus) and Plains Pocket Gophers (Geomys bursarius) in McLean County, Illinois. In addition, he is supervising students who are determining the species of breeding birds and their habitat preferences within the city limits of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

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