Choosing an Advisor

Choosing an Adviser

Once you have chosen your area of interest, usually in the sophomore year, you may select a particular Biology faculty member to be your permanent adviser. The student-adviser relationship is important and the Biology Department encourages students to feel free to select an adviser who will meet their individual needs, regardless of the area of emphasis. Get to know your adviser well. Discuss career options, changes in your program, etc., before making important decisions.

To help you choose an appropriate adviser, areas of expertise of the biology faculty are outlined below.

Advisers by Areas of Expertise

Don Mansfield

  • botany
  • plant sciences
  • biology teaching
  • environmental studies

Sara Heggland

  • developmental biology
  • cell biology
  • toxicology
  • endocrinology

Ann Koga

  • microbiology
  • immunology
  • pre-med
  • pre-allied health sciences
  • medical careers
  • veterinary medicine
  • related fields

Eric Yensen

  • ecology
  • zoology
  • wildlife management
  • conservation biology

Mark Gunderson

  • physiology
  • reproductive endocrinology
  • wildlife physiology

Chris Walser

  • aquatic ecology
  • fisheries biology
  • environmental studies

Luke Daniels

  • neurobiology
  • molecular/Cellular Biology
  • ion Channel Physiology


 It is your responsibility to be well informed concerning requirements, deadlines, and so forth. Without this information, you may miss valuable opportunities for research or work, special course offerings in the department, or in your field of interest. Become familiar with the resources in this web page. For further information, watch the bulletin boards, visit with your adviser, attend seminars, and check your email frequently. Please keep your biology adviser informed of your correct local address, email address, and phone number and of any off-campus sojourns.

The Student Handbook has been compiled for your benefit and it is continually being revised. We need your help in suggesting additions or omissions. Your suggestions are always welcome. Also, it is important that you read carefully the The College of Idaho Catalog. This official publication contains the best description of the College's objectives and the requirements for graduation.