129 Polk Science Building


Joe Macedonia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology

"As a teacher, the biologist has the opportunity to promote an appreciation for the diversity of life. I feel that critical thinking, together with a foundation in biology, can arm students with skills they will need as responsible members of society. I also value research experiences for the undergraduates, where students can choose a problem, test hypotheses using data they have gathered and analyzed, and present their findings at a local, regional, or even national forum."

Courses Taught

Biology for your Life; Biological Foundations; Comparative Anatomy; Animal Behavior; Ecology; Evolution; Zoology; Senior Seminar in Biology; Research in Ecology; Behavioral Ecology of Anolis Lizards on Jamaica and on Bermuda


Ph.D., Duke University
B.S., Colorado State University

Recent publications

Rutowski, R.L., Nahm, A.C., Macedonia, J.M., 2010. Iridescent hindwing patches in the Pipevine Swallowtail: Differences in dorsal and ventral surfaces relate to signal function and context. Functional Ecology 24:767-775.

Macedonia, J.M., Lappin, A.K., Loew, E.R., McGuire, J.A., Plasman, M., Hamilton, P.S., Brandt, Y., Lemos-Espinal, J.A., Kemp, D.J., 2009. Conspicuousness of Dickerson's collared lizard (Crotaphytus dickersonae) through the eys of conspecifics and predators. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 97:749-765.