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James Church, Ph.D.

James Church, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Church began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin – Stout where he taught several courses in biology and statistics in support of the Environmental Science, Applied Science, and Conservation Biology programs. He joined the Biology Department at La Salle University in 2015.

He received his B.S. degree in Wildlife Management and Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Following his bachelor’s degree he worked several jobs as a wildlife technician for the US Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Iowa State University, and Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. He received his M.S. degree in Biological Science at North Dakota State University where he studied the effect of timber harvest on seasonal wetlands. He received his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Iowa State University where he studied biogeographical limits in Plethodon salamanders in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

His research interests include assessing ecological community structure. To do this he employs a pluralistic approach incorporating observational, experimental, and theoretical approaches. He currently supervises several student research projects involving ecology, behavior, and environmental science.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Biostatistics


  • PhD – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • M.S. – Biological Science, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • B.S. – Wildlife Management and Biology, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  • A.S. – Pre-Wildlife Management, Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, MN


  • Bio 157 – Life Science: An Environmental Approach
  • Bio 230 – Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology
  • Bio 403 – Principles of Ecology
  • Bio 404 – Field Ecology
  • Bio 47X – Special Topics, Biostatistics