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Department of Biology

Working with dolphins
Tori Hymel ’16 works with dolphins during an extended study trip to the Florida Keys. READ MORE
The Voodoo Lily in Bloom
The Colgate greenhouse welcomed the opening of one of its most repulsive residents: the Voodoo Lily.  LEARN MORE
Interdisciplinary Research
Krista Ingram and collaborators are investigating factors influencing human decision-making, test-taking, and risk-taking.
A Lab in the Canopy
Cat Cardelus investigates pollution's effect on rainforest health.  READ MORE
Hybrid fern discovered
Professor Eddie Watkins was part of a team of researchers that found a rare new hybrid fern in Costa Rica.  FERN FIND
Genetics of poodles
Xiantao Ding '17 studies the genetic makeup of poodles during summer research.  READ MORE
Academic Program in Biology
Our academic program challenges your mind, assumptions, skills, and work habits to help you grow as a learner.  READ MORE
Our greenhouse is home to an extensive collection used for teaching and allows for active research by both faculty and students throughout the year. READ MORE
Research Opportunities in Biology
Perform graduate-level research as an undergraduate and make your own discoveries in biology.  READ MORE
Biology Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our biology faculty.
Our expertise covers a diverse range of the biological sciences. We invite you to join us as a student of biology as we continue to expand the knowledge of the field.

About Biology

If you're interested in biology, our department offers the following majors:
Our faculty have expertise in diverse areas, including cell and molecular biology, organismal and evolutionary biology, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, plant and animal physiology, and animal behavior. We have been very successful in attracting generous outside funding for innovative curricular projects, as well as major equipment for teaching and research.

Our faculty are also very active researchers, and frequently engage students in investigative laboratories or field projects. This is an integral part of the science education we provide.

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Department Contacts

Chair: Timothy McCay
Administrative assistant: René Beers (
Office: Ho Science Center
Phone: 315-228-7347

Technical Support: Laura Rickard (
Weekly Office Hours:
  • Wednesday (1:30 - 2:30pm): 329 Ho Science Center
  • Thursday (1:30 - 2:30pm): 225 McGregory

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in the department are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors:

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