Faculty Research Areas

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research is a key activity at UNI. Research contributes to the body of scientific knowledge and trains the scientists of the future. Faculty members work with colleagues and with students to investigate, present and publish research in many areas.

Publications include local, national and international journals, as well as reports and publications with various agencies and institutions, along with other scholarly contributions.  Many of our publications with our students can be found at UNI ScholarWorks.

Click on the name of a faculty member listed below to find out more. 

Students looking at the scan of a fish skeleton.

Faculty Areas of Interest

Anatomy & Physiology


Nathan Bird - Vertebrate Anatomy

David Saunders - Environmental Physiology

Carl Thurman - Animal Physiology


Julie Kang - Plant Developmental Morphology

Genetics, Cellular & Molecular Biology

Tilahun Abebe - Genetics, Functional Genomics, Stress Physiology

Jerreme Jackson - Microbiology and Bacterial Pathogens

David McClenahan - Cell Biology, Immunology

Nilda Rodriguez - Cell Biology, Microbiology

Marek Sliwinski - Molecular and Developmental Plant Biology

Michael Walter - Microbiology, Virology

Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

Pete Berendzen - Genomics and Population Genetics of Fish

Maureen Clayton - Oceanography

Jim Demastes - Host-parasite coevolution

Kenneth Elgersma - Biostatistics, Ecology

Laura Jackson - Conservation Biology, Plant Population Biology

Mark Myers - Conservation Biology

Theresa Spradling - Host and Parasite Genetics

Jeff Tamplin - Herpetology

Ai Wen - Pollinator and Prairie Ecology

Science Education

Jesse Wilcox - Science Education