- Title Associate Professor of Biology
- Work Phone 574.257.3366
Middleton Hall of Science, Room 110
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST
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Dr. Katie Weakland is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Bethel College. She holds a B.S. degree in Zoology from The Ohio State University and an M.S. degree in Wildlife Science from Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. from West Virginia University in Forest Resource Science and Wildlife Ecology and Management. During her time at Ohio State, Dr. Weakland volunteered for a project on songbirds, which developed her interest in ornithology. During her work with song birds, she served in various research positions including a Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant and a Postdoctoral Research Biologist at West Virginia University. Dr. Weakland has co-authored several significant articles and has given numerous professional presentations.
Dr. Weakland joined the Bethel faculty in 2004, where she now teaches botany, biodiversity, ecology and environmental science classes. Dr. Weakland and her students enjoy trapping and tagging squirrels on campus to determine their sex and age, and make estimates about their population size. She serves on Bethel’s Secondary Education Advisory Committee and the General and Liberal Studies Committee. She also supervises Bethel’s Green Team. In addition, Dr. Weakland travels to Hawaii with Bethel students to teach natural history and ecology during May Term.
Dr. Weakland focuses her ministry on Bethel students. Her favorite Bethel memory is when she had the opportunity to share the gospel with a non-believing student in a science lab. She attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mishawaka, IN and has further interests in Muslim Ministry and Central Asia missions. Dr. Weakland enjoys outdoor recreational activities including kayaking, hiking, fishing, and snorkeling and is passionate about earth stewardship and international conservation.
- Association of Field Ornithologists
- Society for Conservation Biology
- The Wildlife Society
- Raptor Research Foundation
- Indiana Academy of Science