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Dennis Tarasi, PhD

Assistant Professor


Teaches introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors, environmental science, and upper level biology courses. His specialty is community ecology and invasive species biology.

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Education and Training


  • PhD, University of North Carolina
  • MA, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., Education
  • BS, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., Biology

I have always loved nature and the outdoors and enjoy being outside whenever I can: hiking, biking, playing sports, just about anything. Although I began my undergraduate studies pre-med, I was quickly drawn to the study of how organisms interact with one another and the environment.

Dr. Tarasi, on why he wanted to study Biology


Professional Memberships


Member, Ecological Society of America


Recent or Noteworthy Publications


Tarasi, D.D. & R.K. Peet. The native-exotic species richness relationship varies with spatial grain of measurement and environmental conditions. Ecology doi: 10.1002/ecy.2028

Hakkenberg, C.R., D.D. Tarasi, & R.K. Peet. Community/Continuum. International Encyclopedia of Geography


Courses Taught

Environmental Science
Principles of Biology
Biological Literature and Communication

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