Department of Biological Sciences

Information about the Biology Department at Western Illinois University



  • The Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station is a scientific research and instructional unit of Western Illinois University, designed and operated to offer opportunities for special study to qualified scientists, students and persons interested in all branches of science. The University also operates the Station as a nature preserve to protect the unique natural features from unnecessary human disturbance. It is directed by Dr. Sean Jenkins.
  • The R.M. Myers Herbarium is the sixth-largest herbarium (a plant museum) in Illinois, and holds more than 75,000 specimens of vascular plants, nonvascular plants, and algae, with most specimens collected in Illinois.
  • Walter Natural Area is a natural area on the WIU campus between Waggoner Hall and the Recreational Center. It is a mixture of wetlands, woods, and prairie. For more information or other details concerning the Walter Natural Area, please contact: Jeff Hillyer, WNA caretaker and WIU Botany Greenhouse manager.
  • The Western Illinois University greenhouse, which grows plants used for teaching and for research by both Biology and Agriculture faculty, contains more than 4,500 square feet of space.
  • The Electron Microscope Lab has both a transmission and a scanning electron microscope, and classes are regularly taught in their use. 
  • The Laboratory of Sensory Biology coordinates teaching and research activities between the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University in Macomb and Moline with The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Dr. Jeanette Thomas is the Coordinator for the Laboratory of Sensory Biology.


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