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Dr. William Beachly

Professor of Biology
Morrison-Reeves Science Center 138

Dr. Beachly teaches courses in biological systems, vertebrate form and function, biological diversity, bioethics, medical terminology and animal behavior.

He earned his bachelor's degree in zoology, master's degrees in ecology, and Ph.D. in behavioral ecology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Beachly has led J-Term travel tours to Germany, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Honduras. Some of his scientific interests include natural history and behavior of arachnids, physiological effects of venoms, foraging behavior and more. Dr Beachly is sponsor for the Outdoor Club, has taught the science strand for the HC Scholars Academy and teaches geology workshops for the Nebraska Master Naturalist program.

Scientific Interests

  • Natural history and behavior of arachnids
  • Mathematical models of foraging behavior
  • Physiological effects of venoms
  • Role of disturbance and coevolution in prairie vegetation


  • B.S., University of Nebraska in Lincoln
  • M.S., University of Nebraska in Lincoln
  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska in Lincoln


  • BIO 101 Biological Systems I
  • BIO 234 Medical Terminology
  • BIO 334 Mathematical Biology
  • BIO 344 Vertebrate Form & Function
  • BIO 384 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 478 Animal Behavior
  • SCI 311 Natural History of Sandhills and Pine Ridge Areas of Nebraska 
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