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Coronavirus Update

On July 15, Dickinson announced that the fall 2020 semester will be remote. Campus is closed to visitors who do not have an approved appointment. Face coverings must be worn at all times.

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Faculty Profile

Carol Loeffler

Associate Professor of Biology (1988)

Contact Information

Rector North Room 2304


She teaches courses in algae, fungi, lichens, and land plants. Her research interests with students are in the biology and ecology of rare plant species and in the impact of deer and other herbivores on forest vegetation.


  • B.A., Smith College, 1982
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1992


  • Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2008-09

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

BIOL 131 Intro to Org, Pop & Ecosyst
This introductory course spans levels of biological organization from basic multicellular microanatomy to organismal physiology and ecology, as understood through the lens of evolution. Course content will be focused around a specific theme determined by the instructor, and will include evolutionary principles of variation, selection, competition and cooperation, and how their operation at different levels of organization accounts for form and function of organisms, communities, and ecosystems. We will investigate homeostasis, reproduction and development as physiological processes that take place within organisms, and as ecological processes that interact with the environment and generate diversity of form over evolutionary time. Finally we will take stock of the existing forms and levels of biological organization and ask how their relationships establish the biosphere in which we live. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This is one of two courses required of all Biology majors before entering the upper level. It is complementary to BIOL 132 – Introduction to Molecules, Genes, and Cells, and the courses may be taken in either order.

BIOL 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch