The faculty of the Biology Department are dedicated to enhancing their students’ understanding of the living world. They teach a wide variety of Biology courses, mentor students in field and lab research and serve as academic advisors. The Benedictine value of hospitality is seen in the open door policy – if you need to talk with a professor, consider an open door an invitation to drop in for a chat.

Gordon Brown

terrestrial ecology, plant-animal interactions

Eric Bruger

microbial physiology, evolutionary ecology, metabolic networks

Manuel CamposManuel Campos

human and exercise physiology, signal transduction in cells and its relation to disease

Katharine CaryKatharine Cary

plant physiology and ecology

Philip Chu

ornithology, systematics

Clark Cotton

animal physiology, hibernation biology

Ashley Fink

microbiology, immunology

Carol JanskyCarol Jansky

coordinator of introductory laboratories

Trevor KeylerTrevor Keyler

physiology, fish ecology

William Lamberts

aquatic ecology, phycology, plankton dynamics

Demelza Larson

quantitative genetics, cell biology of the cornea

Jeanne Marie Lust OSB

developmental biology, amphibian deformities, hematology

Barb May

(currently serving as Academic Dean)
immunology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology

David Mitchell

protein structure, biochemistry

Michael ReaganMichael Reagan

molecular biology, DNA repair mechanisms

Stephen Saupe

plant taxonomy, secondary metabolism of plants and fungi

Jennifer Schaefer, Department Chair

neuroscience, electrophysiology, science of teaching and learning

Kristina Timmerman

wildlife ecology, conservation biology, plant-animal interactions

Pu Wang

microbial experimental ecology and evolution

Emeritus professors:
  • Marcus Webster – physiological ecology, energetics of birds
  • James Poff – entomology, behavioral ecology of social wasps
  • Elizabeth Wurdak – biology of rotifers, histology, cell biology
  • Larry Davis – geology, paleontology
  • Charles Rodell – genetics
  • Cheryl Knox – biochemistry
Contact the Biology Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Jennifer Schaefer
Chair, Biology Department
SJU PEngl 303