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Wendy J. Garrison

Instructor of Biology
Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi

Retired December 2015

Ph.D. in Biology, The University of Mississippi (1997)
M.S. in Biology, The University of Illinois
B.A. in English, Lake Forest College

Fieldwork at the University of Michigan Biological Station at Douglas Lake; and at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

The University of Mississippi, 1996 – present

Courses taught:

BISC 102 Inquiry into Life – Human Biology. A survey course intended for nonbiology majors, introducing basic principles and emphasizing the function of the human body, including diseases, cellular processes, respiration, muscular system, reproduction, development, immunity and inheritance.

BISC 102 H (Honors) Inquiry into Life – Human Biology for Honors College students. Intensive reading, writing and discussion.

BISC 104 Inquiry into Life – The environment. A survey course intended for nonbiology majors, emphasizing the relationships of humans to the environment, including origin and diversification of life, behavior, ecology, role of plants, and environmental concerns.

BISC 104 H (Honors) Inquiry into Life – The environment for Honors College students. Intensive reading, writing and discussion.

BISC 102 and 104 WEB – In addition to above sections, I developed and teach the department of biology’s only two WEB based courses.

BISC 220 Natural Resources Management, The Rainforest, Costa Rica. STUDY ABROAD. A study of natural resources with emphasis on forestry, agriculture, wildlife management, coastal development, and multi-use planning.

BISC 318 Botany. Basic botany for majors, minors, and pre-professional students.

BISC 342 Plant Diversity. Examination of processes and patterns underlying plant diversification, including a survey of the evolution of major groups and associated dynamics of life history and morphology.

LABS: BISC 103 Inquiry into Life Human Biology lab; BISC 105 Inquiry into Life, the Environment lab; BISC 161 Biological Science I lab; BISC 163 Biological Sciences II lab; BISC 336 Ecology Lab.

Recent Service:

ACADEMIC ADVISOR AND FACULTY MENTOR to biology students (2010 – present).

COURSE DEISGN REVIEWER for Office of Online Design and eLearning (2015).

FACULTY ADVISOR TO IOTA CHAPTER OF LAMBDA SIGMA Honorary Service Organization (2012 – 2015).

MISSISSIPPI HUMANITIES COUNCIL Speaker’s Bureau (2012 – present).

MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION Apprenticeship/Mentorship Grant (2013 – 2014).

NSDA (National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association) Leadership workshop, Chicago (2014).

Prior Professional Experience

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES HAZARDOUS WASTE RESEARCH AND INFORMATION CENTER. Champaign. Research Scientist. Project officer research grants. Gave guidance and assistance to principal investigators. Developed the state research program on environmental effects of hazardous waste, in conjunction with the director and research program coordinator. Wrote requests for proposals, and coordinated peer review of proposals submitted fro funding.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LABORATORY. Urbana. Project Associate. Investigated chemical reactions of the common water treatment methods ozonolysis and chlorination, using gas-chromatograph-mass spectrophotometric analysis. Studied antioxidant compounds in plants from alpine and non-alpine habitats.

PARKLAND COLLEGE, DIVISION OF LIFE SCIENCES. Champaign, Illinois. Instructor. Developed and taught a lecture and field course on local natural and cultural history, prairie ecology, and human impact on the landscape. Course was offered in the evening most semesters.

UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LABORATORY (CERL), ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION. Champaign, Illinois. Biological technician. Assessed environmental effects of Army training activities for use in computerized environmental impact analysis system. This system was designed to assist Army personnel on installations in complying with environmental regulations, particularly those pertaining to writing Environmental Impact Statements.

Peer-Reviewed Publications summary

Published dissertation research in the American Journal of Botany as “Ballistic seed projection in two herbaceous species.” Published Master’s degree research in The Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club “Double and Single-Seeded Acorns of Burr Oak (Quercus macrocarpa); frequency and some ecological consequences.” I have additional publications on environmental chemistry in the journals Ozone Science and Engineering; and Tetrahedron Letters.

Presented Papers summary

Presented invited talks on plant “behavior” at Cornell University, Ithaca NY, division of Behavior and Neurobiology; and at Mississippi State University in Starkville. Presented papers at: the Linnean Society in London; The Botanical Society of America meetings in Knoxville TN, The Association of Southeastern Biologists in Tuscaloosa, AL; the Mississippi Academy of Sciences at numerous meetings throughout the state; the Mississippi Field Station Science Conference, and the Mississippi Native Plant Society in Oxford.

Other Service and Recognition

CO-DIRECTED student research projects of Tyler Craddock, and honors student Jake Lancaster on functional morphology and ballistic seed dispersal.

ALPHA OMICRON PI “WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE” AWARD as Outstanding Faculty/Staff member, University of Mississippi.

FEATURED IN UNIVERSITY PUBLICATIONS and resources such as the View (Secret Lives of Professors – Lady Plays the Blues): office of admissions publications (Biology and the Blues); and UM Study Abroad’s Momentum (Studying Abroad – What’s it Really Like? A Focus on Costa Rica); and numerous article in the Daily Mississippian.

STUDENT AWARDS: First Place, Outstanding poster presentation in Biological Sciences, Sigma Xi and the Office of Research, University of Mississippi; Verdell Frasier Young Award at the University of Illinois.

MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER OF SIERRA CLUB AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT given in appreciation for superior efforts in organizing and implementing the Community Recycling Center, LaFayette County MS.

CO-FOUNDER GRAND PRAIRIE FRIENDS OF ILLINOIS, a not-for-profit prairie preservation organization, which has now been in operation for 30 years. President, and board member. Obtained 501-C3 tax exempt status; raised funds for and purchased 6 acres of remnant railroad prairie, obtained grants from the Illinois Department of Conservation for maintenance and fencing of the area; and from other state organizations for prairie conferences.


Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society