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.
From the smallest molecule to the largest biome, the study of biology crisscrosses the living world, uncovering its processes and patterns. Working side-by-side, students and faculty collaboratively push the boundaries of discovery.
Why study Biology at Sewanee?
Through both laboratory and field courses, Sewanee biology students explore the fundamental understanding of biological complexity. More importantly, our students are exposed to the pressing questions that remain in this dynamic discipline. The Sewanee Biology curriculum is based on a rigorous intellectual foundation that equips our graduates for success in many different areas after graduation.
- Ecology and biodiversity: Studying biological complexity from genes to ecosystems and their response to human interactions.
Molecular biology: Understanding the fundamental building blocks of life through the exploration of genes and their impact on cell function.
- Integrative biology: Exploring the interconnectedness of life with a focus on the structure and function of organisms.
FIRST DESTINATIONS: BIOLOGY MAJORS
Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.
- Community health promoter, Peace Corps, Lima, Peru.
- Research associate, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut.
- Investment research, New Capital Partners, Birmingham, Alabama.
- Research associate, DeCode Genetics, Reykjavik, Iceland.
- Trauma sales associate, Stryker Orthopedics, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
GRADUATE SCHOOL & PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: BIOLOGY MAJORS
Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.
- Medical degree program, medicine and public health, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
- M.S.N., advanced nursing, Johns Hopkins University.
- Ph.D., biology, Duke University.
- Ph.D., neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University.
- M.S., cancer science, University of Glasgow.