UCA biologists engage in a wide range of research activities, from studies related to cancer treatment to studies of ecological relationships in Arkansas streams. Research projects engage students in a wide variety of activities. Faculty supervise student research projects and much of the equipment and instrumentation obtained through faculty projects is also available to students. Faculty members in the Department of Biology are active in securing grant and contract funds to support their research activities, as well as to enhance the department’s teaching capabilities. Current or recent grants have been obtained from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. National Park Service, and the American Heart Association, as well as from various state and local organizations.Review the Guidelines for Students/Faculty Submitting Undergraduate Research Proposals and complete the Undergraduate Research Form and submit to Dr. Mindy Farris,, to have credit count as upper division Biology elective.

Other Biology Research Information: Proposal Funding Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria

Due dates for 4000-level credit research proposals:

Fall research—Proposal due 1st Friday in April, unless the student will be doing the 3000- level research during the summer, in which case proposal due 3rd Friday in July

Spring research—Proposal due Friday following Thanksgiving break

Summer research—Proposal due 1st Friday in April

Research Faculty Include:

Ginny Adams– Assistant Professor Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2005. Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Ecology Research Specialty: Fish Ecology, Streams, Caves. Advising Specialty: Environmental Science Program Coordinator

Reid Adams– Assistant Professor Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2004. Freshwater Ecology Research Specialty: River Ecology/Fish Biology

Mark Bland– Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, 2004. Science Education Research Specialty: Evolution Education

Ben Cash –Professor Ph.D. University of Mississippi, Zoology, Physiological and Behavioral Ecology; Amphibians and Reptiles; Wetland Ecology.

John S. Choinski, Jr-Professor Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1978. Botany Research Specialty: Plant Ecophysiology/Photosynthesis and Leaf Development

David Dussourd– Professor Ph.D., Cornell University, 1986. Animal Behavior/Entomology Research Specialty: Insect-plant interactions Advising Specialty: Graduate Coordinator

Sally Entrekin– Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2008. Restoration Ecology and Invertebrate Zoology Research Specialty: Stream Restoration/Aquatic Ecology

Mindy Farris- Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Vermont, 2008. Cell Biology, Mechanisms of Aging

Zaida Gomez-Kramer– Senior Lecturer D.A., Catholic University of America, 1990. General and Medical Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology Advising Specialty: Pre-Medical (Pre-Professional) and General Biology

Kristine Hicks– Lecturer II Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1992. Pharmacology and Toxicology

Brent Hill– Assistant Professor and Biology Interim Chair  Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia, 2000. Vertebrate Physiology Research Specialty: Cardiovascular physiology/pharmacology/sex hormones Advising Specialty: Pre-Veterinary

Leah Horton – Lecturer II M.S., Emory University, 1999. Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology Advising Specialty: Undergraduate Coordinator

Katherine Larson– Associate Professor Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1989. Ecology Research Specialty: Invasive species and restoration Advising Specialty: Environmental Science

Calin Marian- Assistant Professor

Michael Martin -Senior Lecturer M.D., Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 1993. Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Pathology Advising Specialty: Pre-Medical

M. Victoria McDonald– Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Florida, 1986. Behavioral and evolutionary ecology of birds and mammals; Vertebrate Zoology

Jerry Mimms -Senior Lecturer  M.S.E., University of Central Arkansas, 1977. Science Education

Arijit Mukherjee – Assistant Professor Ph.D., Clemson University, 2007. Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology

Kari Naylor– Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2004. Microbiology/Cell Biology Research Specialty: Mitochondrial dynamics Advising Specialty: Pre-Optometry

Richard Noyes– Assistant Professor Ph.D., Indiana University, 1999. Evolutionary Biology/Genetics Research Specialty: Plant genetics and evolution

Jeffrey Padberg– Assistant Professor Ph.D., Tulane University, 2002. Neuroscience Research Specialty: Comparative Neurobiology.  Advising Specialty: Pre-Dental

Krista Peppers– Lecturer I Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2004. Conservation Biology

Ben Rowley– Assistant Professor Ph.D., Temple University, 2004. Immunology /Microbiology Research Specialty: Heavy metal-induced immune system alterations.

Benjamin Waggoner– Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1997. Invertebrate Paleontology and Macroevolution

Roger Wainwright – Lecturer I M.H.S.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1988. Human Biology and Microbiology

Laurie Warren– Lecturer I Ph.D., Clemson University, 1996. Environmental Toxicology Research Specialty: Aquatic Toxicology, invertebrates Advising Specialty: Environmental Science

Faculty Expectations for New Student Researchers listed below are the minimum requirements for each faculty mentor. However, there may be more requirements for any particular research assignment. You should talk to the faculty mentor with whom you are interested in conducting research for more information on any additional requirements