• PhD in Zoology with a minor in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MS in Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina
  • BS in Biology, Iowa State University

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 111: Zoology
  • BIOL 172: Topics in Intro Biology, Aquatic Biology
  • BIOL 372: Ecology
  • BIOL 375: Advanced Topics in Biology, Ecotoxicology.

Research Interests

Dr. Cary investigates how environmental contaminants affect aquatic species. Specifically, she performs whole animal studies with tadpoles and frogs to investigate how contaminant exposure influences growth, development and immune function at different life stages. In biology education research, her interests include investigating how students learn overarching concepts in biology, and how students develop a sense of identity and belonging to the scientific community.

Tawnya L. Cary

Assistant Professor of Biology

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2371  Office: Room 337, Sanger Center for the Sciences

Tawnya Cary is a zoologist that studies aquatic ecotoxicology, the study of how environmental contaminants affect amphibian species. In addition, her academic interests include investigating how students learn biology and develop a sense of identity and belonging to the scientific community.

Outside of the classroom and laboratory, she enjoys being in the outdoors. You can often find her hiking, camping, canoeing, or tending her garden as she chases after her energetic daughter.

Dr. Cary is also the director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) program at Beloit College.  This program supports under-represented students in STEM by building a community of peers on campus that guide student exploration of natural science, engineering, computer science, and mathematics majors at Beloit College. The program provides academic and professional programming to help students attain an undergraduate degree in a STEM major.

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