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



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.

Dr. Harper's Personal Web Page


Dr. Harper teaches

  • General Biology (BIOL 102)
  • Ecology and Environmental Problems (BIOL 120)
  • Field Ornithology (BIOL 318)
  • Ecology (BIOL 324)
  • Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology (BIOL 321)