Research and Education

With 22 faculty members and 14 affiliated faculty members from campus, research and education in the Department of Integrative Biology spans all levels of biological organization (from the molecular level to whole ecosystems and regions), considers a diverse range of taxa (microbes, plants, animals) and systems (terrestrial, aquatic), and addresses a wide array of basic and applied research questions. The Department of Integrative Biology is committed to providing the best training and education in the field of biology for UW–Madison undergraduate and graduate students.


As one of the largest departments in the College of Letters & Science, the Department of Integrative Biology is home to the zoology, molecular biology, and newly formed neurobiology majors. Nearly 2500 students enroll in the introductory biology courses (BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  101 Animal Biology and ZOOLOGY/​BIOLOGY  102 Animal Biology Laboratory; BOTANY/​BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  151 Introductory Biology/ZOOLOGY 153 Introductory Biology 153 and ZOOLOGY/​BIOLOGY/​BOTANY  152 Introductory Biology), and another 1000 students enroll in a variety of courses in the field of biology.

Professors Hardin (chair,, Bement, Blair, Carpenter, Gammie, Halloran, Ives, Lee, Newmark, Porter, Riters, Stanley, Stretton, Turner and Vander Zanden

Associate Professors Amann, Damschen, Grinblat, McIntyre and Orrock

Assistant Professors Sharma and Wolman

Adjunct Professor Peckarsky