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Karin Nelson, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Biological Sciences


Building & Room:

3378 SES


845 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-8904


I teach courses in ecology (BIOS 230), animal behavior (BIOS 236, BIOS 336), evolution (BIOS 335), and comparative vertebrate anatomy (BIOS 272), and I’m the lab developer and coordinator for BIOS 272 and BIOS 336.

I also serve as a faculty advisor for the Biology Colloquium (BCQ), a student-run course that introduces biology majors to the wide field of careers available to biologists.  In addition to acquainting students with different fields in biology, I try to instill an interest in nature and the natural world.  Whenever possible, I lead field trips to introduce Chicago undergraduates to wildlife and natural areas in and around Illinois and the Midwest.

Although I currently teach full time, my research interests are in sexual selection and animal reproductive behavior, lek mating systems, hormonal correlates of mate choice, and adaptive radiations.


PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

BA, University of Chicago