Todd Tracy Professor of Biology


Ph.D., Colorado State University
M.S., Colorado State University
B.A., Cornell College

VPH 213

Dr. Tracy is one of two ecologists in Northwestern's biology department. His research interests include avian vocal communication, prairie restoration, plant genetics, and the impacts of invasive species on the forests and prairies of the Midwest. He and his students present their research at the Iowa Academy of Science conference every spring. Prior to joining Northwestern’s faculty in January 2002, he taught at Kirkwood Community College, Front Range Community College, Colorado State University, and Colorado Christian University.

BIO115 - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology

An introduction to molecular and cellular biology,with an examinination of the processes common to living organisms, and introduction to the diversity of life, emphasizing unicellular organisms. This introduction will provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle, meiosis, the relationship between gene structure and function, mechanisms of evolutionary change and Christian perspectives on evolutionary biology. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World)Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory per week.

BIO116 - General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology

An introduction to organismal biology and ecology. Structure and function of representatives from the plant and animal kingdom are emphasized. In addition, students will be introduced to basic ecological concepts and Christian perspectives on stewardship. (4 credits)(NWCore option under Science and the Natural World)Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory work per week.

BIO205 - Ecology

A study of the processes determining the distribution and abundance of organisms in space and time, their exchange of matter and energy with their environment, the measurement of these phenomena, and the application of ecological knowledge in the care of creation. Prerequisites: BIO115 and 116 (4 credits)Note: Course includes required field trips and 3 hours of lab per week.

BIO280 - Vertebrate Zoology

An in-depth study of the major groups of vertebrate species. Topics include vertebrate taxonomy, classification, comparative vertebrate anatomy, physiology, behavior, and life histories. Prerequisites: BIO115 and 116. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory work per week.

BIO330 - Topics in Ecology

Advanced studies of the function and structure of local ecological communities and/or life forms. Courses will emphasize the use of fieldwork, research projects and/or primary literature. Prerequisites: BIO205 or permission of instructor. (1-4 credits; a minimum of 4 credits will be offered per year)Note: Course may include required field trips and 3 lab hours per week.

CHE101 - College Chemistry

An introductory course in inorganic chemistry. The treatment of topics is predominantly descriptive and the content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry.(4 credits)

NSC101 - Introduction to Earth Science

An introduction to an understanding of Earth?s geological, hydrological,atmospheric, and environmental systems, the impact of human activity on suchsystems, and the ethical basis and strategies for human response toenvironmental degradation. Course includes required field trips and 90minutes of lab per week. Note: This course is restricted to students pursuing a Middle Schoolendorsement. Students may NOT receive credit for both BIO101SN and NSC101.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

Board of Directors, Iowa Academy of Science

Advanced Placement Environmental Science Exam Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader, Educational Testing Service

Instructor at Wheaton College Science Station near Rapid City, SD

Environmental Science Content Expert and Test bank Developer , Pearson Education

Interim Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs, School of Professional Studies, Colorado Christian University

Affiliate Professor, School of Professional Studies, Colorado Christian University

Instructor and Visiting Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University

Adjunct Faculty, Science and Math Department, Front Range Community College

Laboratory Coordinator, Department of Math/Science, Kirkwood Community College

Laboratory Instructor, Kirkwood Community College

IOWATER volunteer water quality monitor

Au Sable Institute Academic Advisory Council

Iowa Academy of Science

Sioux County Birders Club

NWC Scholarship Grant, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015

Mellon Foundation Environmental Research Initiative (with student Erin Brogan), 2008-2010

Iowa Science Foundation grant #ISF-07-10, 2007-2008

Iowa Science Foundation grant #ISF-06-08, 2006-2007

Graduate Assistant Teaching Award, Colorado State University