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". . . all subjects do not reside in neat little compartments, but are continuous and inseparable from the one big subject we have been put on Earth to study, which is life itself." -- Kurt Vonnegut

Ken Cramer

Kenneth L. Cramer
Coordinator of Environmental Science

(1993), Professor of Biology, B.S., University of Missouri, 1979; M.S., University of Oklahoma, 1983; Ph.D., Utah State University, 1988.

Courses taught:
General Zoology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Field Zoology, Comparative Vertebrate Morphology, Animal Behavior, Evolution of Human Behavior.

Research interests:
Animal ecology, diversity, and behavior.  Diversity of spiders of virgin and restored prairies. Distribution and natural history of venomous brown recluse spiders.

Email:    Phone: 309-457-2394

Check out the latest research project of Dr. Cramer: Bi-State Brown Recluse Survey

Kevin Baldwin

Kevin S. Baldwin

(1999), Associate Professor of Biology, B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986; Ph.D., University of Florida, 1999.

Courses taught:
Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Physiology, Vertebrate Embryology, Parasitology, Evolution of Human Behavior.

Research interests:
Ecophysiology of fish, reptiles and amphibians. 

Email:    Phone: 309-457-2148


James GoddeJames Godde

James Godde

(2001), Professor of Biology, B.S., Western Illinois University, 1987; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1993.

Courses taught:
Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Life on Earth, Biotechnology and Human Values, Bioinformatics, Global Perspectives: World Impact of East Asian Science, Introduction to the Liberal Arts, The Tao of Travel, Sacred Places, Wilderness: Rainforest Ecosystems, Wilderness: Galapagos Ecosystems, Wilderness: Caribbean Ecosystems, Introduction to Environmental Science, Environmental Microbiology: the Extremophiles, Plants and Society, 3D Animation, Advanced 3D Animation (College for Kids)

Research Interests:
Metagenomics. Nucleic acid structure of repetitive sequences. Structural determinants of nucleosome formation.

Email:   Phone: 309-457-2350

Tim TibbettsTim Tibbitts

Timothy Tibbetts


(2001), Associate Professor of Biology, B.A., Lawrence University, 1989; M.S., Colorado State University, 1994; Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2000.

Courses taught:
General Botany, Field Botany, Environmental Science, Life on Earth.

Research interests:
Plant ecology, dendrochronology, vines and invasive plant species.

Email:   Phone: 309-457-2348 Kathy Mainz
Lab Manager and Chemical Safety/Hygiene                            

(2007), B.S., Science Education, Western Illinois University, 1988.

Email:   Phone: 309-457-2361






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