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 a combination of laboratory courses, field courses, and research projects with faculty, our students explore our fundamental understanding of biological complexity. More importantly, 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 can select from three tracks:
- 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.
The biology department also offers, in collaboration with the psychology department, a major in Neuroscience and, in collaboration with the chemistry department, a major in Biochemistry.