James Novak, Ph.D.
Dr. Jim Novak, associate professor of biological sciences, currently serves as the coordinator for the graduate program in natural sciences. The graduate program offers a Master of Science in Natural Sciences with concentrations in biological sciences and physical sciences. The concentration in physical sciences also allows for areas of emphasis in chemistry, physics and geology/geography.
Dr. Novak’s primary research interests are in the field of ecological genetics. He uses wildlife species as his focal organisms for study. Since ecological genetics involves the interaction of organisms with their environment he also utilizes the effects of anthropogenic stressors to look at genotoxic effects on wildlife populations. Currently he is working on the evolution of organismal form (size, shape and symmetry) and the use of form components as tools for the management of wildlife populations and as effects biomarkers in ecotoxicological studies.
Admission to the graduate program in natural sciences requires an application to The Graduate School as well as an additional application to the Department of Biological Sciences. Please contact Dr. Novak or visit the program's website for program admission criteria.
Master of Science: Natural Sciences