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Dr. Amy Morris

Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department
Morrison-Reeves Science Center 135

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 served as a Biology Assessment Resident as part of the American Society of Microbiologist. Dr. Morris is advisor to the HC chapter of Beta Beta Beta and District Director for NC-II.

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 most recent travel took her and a group of students to South Africa and Swaziland during J-Term 2015.

Research Interests

  • Vegetation responses to climate change
  • Photosynthesis
  • Use of technology in teaching
  • Student learning in Biology


  • Wright, K.D.*, Morris, A.N., Kuehn, J.L. 2015. Effects of low level intermediate exposure to atrazine and chlorpyrifos in Sprague Dawley rats. Bios. 86
  • Puckett, M.M.*, Morris, A.N., Kuehn, J.L. 2015. The effect of triclosan on the proliferation of peritoneal tissue explants. Bios. 86.
  • Hemje, M.*, Kuehn, J.L., Morris, A.N. 2014. A comparison between lead-containing (rifle) and non-lead containing (archery) hunting methods. Bios 85:137-141
  • 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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