Dr. James Moore is a Professor in the Biology Department at CBU. He also serves as the Interim Dean of the School of Sciences. James has a PhD in Plant Ecology and teaches classes in Ecology, Statistics, and Wetlands. Dr. Moore enjoys teaching applied ecological principles allowing students to understand real-world problems.


  • University of Memphis, PhD
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MS
  • West Virginia State University, BS

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 111: Principles of Biology I

    The first half of a comprehensive study of contemporary biology, this semester covers biochemistry, cytology, energy metabolism, photosynthesis, cell division, genetics, evolution, systematics and taxonomy of viruses and prokaryotes. This course includes three lectures and one discussion section per week.

  • BIOL 112: Principles of Biology II

    Continuation of BIOL 111, this course covers systematics and taxonomy of protists, fungi, plants and animals, anatomy and physiology of eukaryotic organisms, embryology and development, and ecology. This course includes three lectures and one discussion per week.

  • BIOL 216: General Botany

    A comprehensive study of the principles of botany. Topics include a survey of the major groups of plants, algae, and fungi, their life cycles, anatomy, metabolism, biogeography, ecology and evolution. All scheduled field trips are mandatory.

  • BIOL 340: Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis

    This course will cover a wide range of topics in design and analysis of ecological experiments. Students will become familiar with statistical tests for different data sets and understand how to design experiments based on the questions they wish to ask. Students will understand and implement statistical procedures such as, but not limited to: t-test, paired t-test, one, two, and three-way analysis of variance, regression, correlation, and several multivariate techniques.

  • BIOL 346: Evolution

    Investigation of the evidence, proponents, and theories of organic evolution with emphasis on modern contributions to the understanding of speciation. Topics covered in this course include macroevolution, phylogenetics and evolutionary history of major groups of organisms, genetic drift, evolution of genomes, variation, genetic theory of natural selection, and phenotypic evolution.

  • BIOL 398: Wetland Ecology

    Part of the Special Topics in Biology Courses 390-398.

  • BIOL 412: Ecology
  • BIOL 464 & 465: Mentored Research II

    During this course the students will meet weekly to discuss the results of their research projects. In addition to discussion, individual sections of a journal-style article will be written, peer reviewed, and a formal paper will be completed by the end of the semester. Students will begin to prepare a presentation of their research as well.

  • BIOL 465: Mentored Research III

    This course is a continuation of BIOL 464. During this course the students will meet weekly to practice presenting their research project results. In addition to peer review of the presentations, students will present their results in a public forum as an oral paper and in a poster session on CBU campus.

Publications and Research Focus