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Dr. Amy Morris

Professor of Biology
Morrison-Reeves Science Center

Dr. Morris teaches courses in botany, ecology, conservation biology and introductory biology.

Her Ph.D. in biology with an emphasis in plant ecology was earned at Idaho State University. She earned a master's degree in biology from Marshall University and a bachelor's degree from Bethany College, W.Va.

Dr. Morris joined the Hastings College faculty in 2001. She was awarded the Polished Apple Award for excellence in teaching and has published papers with Hastings College undergraduate biology majors. In 2014-2015 she is serving as a Biology Assessment Resident as part of the American Society of Microbiologist.

Dr. Morris has led travel tours during J-Term to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and safari in Tanzania, to northern India, as well as to study the diversity and development of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Her next travel tour to South Africa to study the conservation of large animals is scheduled for J-term 2015.

Scientific Interests

  • Vegetation responses to climate change
  • Photosynthesis
  • Nitrogen mineralization
  • Student learning in Biology


Suhr, M.*, Morris, A.N., Kuehn, J.L. 2013. Prevalence of Escherichia coli O157 in Midwestern United States Cattle. Bios. 84:227-231

Carson, M.*, Morris, A.N. 2012. Germination of Panicum virgatum Cultivars in a NaCl Gradient. Bios. 83:90-96

Morris, A.N. 2010. Investigation of Essential Oils as Antibiotics. American Biology Teacher. 72:499-500.

Ott, J.* and Morris, A.N. 2008. Homeopathic Alternatives to Conventional Antibiotics. Bios 79: 50-55.


  • B.S., Bethany College
  • M.S., Marshall University
  • Ph.D., Idaho State University


  • BIO 102 Biology Resource Seminar
  • BIO 103 Biological Systems II
  • BIO 304 Developmental Biology
  • BIO 314 General Botany
  • BIO 324 Conservation Biology
  • BIO 434 Ecology
  • SCI 304 Plants and Society


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