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Biology Research


WOU Biology faculty have developed a variety of ongoing undergraduate research projects, the purposes of which are to enrich the education experience and opportunities of our majors.  Research is encouraged not only as part of many laboratory curricula but also as part of independent study projects and summer experiences.   In all cases, students work directly with faculty.  The following links represent current research project links made by specific faculty and course-based research.

General Research Interests
See Individual Faculty Pages


Faculty Research Websites
Boomer's "Red Layer Microbial Observatory" Site


Dutton's "Flora of
Polk County" Site


Courses with 
Research-Driven Curricula
Bi301: Computational Biology
Bi475:  Molecular Biology
Bi331:  Team Projects (2002)


Photo:  Danny Lodge, WOU alumni and now research assistant, uses a digital fluorescence microscope to study hot spring microbial diversity.

Danny Lodge

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