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BIOLOGY
John Gaston Mateer Hall
931 College Mall
Wooster, OH 44691
Phone: 330-263-2379
Fax: 330-263-2378
Hours: M-Th: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sa: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Su: 1 p.m. - 11 p.m.
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Success After Wooster

Wooster graduates with degrees in biology have chosen careers in a broad range of fields, from medicine, biological research, veterinary medicine, environmental law, exercise physiology, and cytotechnology, to art illustration, teaching, wildlife and fisheries management, evolutionary biology, and public health. Over half our graduates go on to continue their education at professional schools such as medical, veterinary, dental, or nursing schools at schools like Case Western, The Ohio State University, or Washington University (St. Louis) or in graduate programs at universities such as Yale, Michigan, UCDavis, UCLA, Columbia, Harvard, George Washington University, and Duke.

Jordan Welker '11

Jordan recently accepted an offer to join Jeanne Serb's lab at Iowa State. Previously, at the University of Virginia, Jordan successfully grew and purified RNA for HIV's RRE (Rev Response Element) and grew crystals that refracted to 8 angstroms, as well as laid the ground work to continue the project (i.e. 3 important protocols and 150+ clones).

Brandon Michels '10

Brandon recently graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and accepted a position as an associate veterinarian at Tri County Animal clinic in West Salem, OH. 

Darla French '02

Darla graduated a year ago from Purdue University with a PhD in Forestry and Natural Resources. She also has a master's in agricultural education/curriculum & instruction from Purdue, 2005. She will be starting her second year as an assistant professor of biology at the University of Pikeville (eastern KY) this month. She will be teaching intro biology and genetics. Darla is also teaching Middle Eastern dance (more commonly known as belly dance) through the University of Pikeville dance studio, and having a blast doing it. Life in the Appalachians has been an adjustment for her because she is so used to life in the Midwest.

Amber Rice '01

Amber completed a PhD at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2008, and did postdoctoral research from 2008-2010 at the Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden. She had a short 6-month postdoc back at UNC before moving to Bethlehem, PA in 2011. She is just starting her third year as an assistant professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Her expertise is in evolutionary biology. She is enjoying the chance to mentor some wonderful undergraduates and graduate students. She researches the process of speciation, using both genetic analyses in the lab and field studies of local species of chickadee. She is enjoying the chance to teach Evolution and other more specialized upper-level courses.

Jill (Miller) Randall '00

Jill is the Terrestrial Habitat Coordinator for Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Pinedale, WY.

Christopher Beachy '86

Chris has been named head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University. Previously a professor of biology at Minot State University in Minot, N.D. since 2005, Beachy specializes in herpetology with a particular interest in salamanders. A member of the faculty there since 1998, he served as chair of the Department of Biology from 2004 to 2007. He has also served on the faculties at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa; Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. Beachy holds a doctorate in environmental and evolutionary biology from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, a master's degree from Western Carolina University.