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BenU Faculty since 2015
B.S. Biology, Davidson College (2007)
Ph.D. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington (2013)
Postdoctoral Researcher and Adjunct Professor, Davidson College (2014)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Loyola University Chicago (2014-15)

Courses Taught
BIOL 1197: Principles of Organismal Biology, BIOL 4363: Ecology, BIOL 4364: Ecology Lab, BIOL4303: Conservation Biology & Biodiversity, BIOL 2205: Environmental Science

Research Areas:
Physiological ecology; herpetology; wildlife conservation and outreach.

Current Research Projects
My central research questions revolve around how abiotic factors influence the physiology, behavior, and habitat preferences of ectothermic vertebrates (particularly reptiles and amphibians), with applications to their conservation and management. I collaborate with various colleagues around the country to study the effects of land-use and climate change on, and the ecological role of, amphibians and reptiles – in both natural and urban ecosystems. Current research projects and outreach events at Benedictine University can be found by visiting my website:

Leigh Anne Harden, Ph.D.

Birck 342 | 630-829-6562

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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dean's Office Location:
Birck Hall Room 119