Dana Garrigan

  • Professor of Biology
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    Straz Center 88

    Dr. Dana Garrigan has an infectious enthusiasm for nature. As a professor in the Biology Department at Carthage College, he teaches courses focused on ecology, conservation biology, climate change, evolution, plants, and insects.

    Dr. Garrigan also has a passion for photography. His interest and expertise in biology, photography, and environmental education have given rise to two Carthage interdisciplinary courses — Photographing Nature and Interpreting Nature. His interest and expertise in photography, conservation, and environmental education were brought together in a 2021-2022 Special Exhibit on Chiwuakee Prairie at the Kenosha Public Museum. His nature photography has been exhibited in various shows and venues.

    Dr. Garrigan’s research has focused on the biology of plant-insect interactions and conservation issues. His studies of climate change impacts on butterfly distributions in Mount Rainier National Park led to a more extensive collaboration with the National Park Service focused on engaging park visitors and citizen scientists in studying butterfly distributions in North Cascades National Park and other parks in the Pacific Northwest. He has received grant funding for his research and teaching from the National Science Foundation, the National Park Service, NASA, and private foundations.

    Dr. Garrigan’s commitment to conservation issues is reflected in volunteer service over the years to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and service on the board of directors for two local chapters of the Audubon Society and the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund.

    • Ph.D. — Biology, University of Utah
    • B.A. — Biology, St. Olaf College
    • BIO 1011 Exploring Climate Change
    • BIO 1012 Exploring Evolution
    • BIO 1030 Conservation for Educators
    • BIO 1120 Organisms, Populations, and Systems
    • BIO 2650 Photographing Nature: Investigating Biodiversity and Conservation
    • BIO 3320 Entomology
    • BIO 3100 General Ecology
    • BIO 3400 Conservation Science