Kristen Cecala studies the patterns and processes contributing to changing amphibian distributions in the face of landscape changes including land-use and climate change. She is specifically interested in linking observational and manipulative experiments to explore mechanisms of change. Her research also contributes toward development of comprehensive management strategies for freshwater ecosystems.
Through a combination of formal coursework, laboratory courses, field courses, and research projects with faculty, our students explore biological complexity from the inner working of cells to ecosystems. Moreover, our students are introduced to the pressing questions that remain in the life sciences and are exposed to the ways that scientists at Sewanee and beyond are working to address these questions.
The biology department offers a major in biology for which students select from of the three tracks:
Opportunities for Students
Students who are interested in the health sciences often major in biology and work with the Office of Medical and Health Programs to earn practical experience via internships and civic engagement opportunities.
Students who are interested in a career in research are encouraged to get involved in student-faculty research and to consider working full-time on research projects in the summer with undergraduate research fellowships offered through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.