Professor Deanna Byrnes received her B.S. in biology from Cornell University with an emphasis in ecology, evolution and systematics, and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2005. Her current research interests include the ecology and evolution of bats, both local and tropical. Most recently she has begun a local long-term project in which students gather and share data with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as part of a citizen monitoring program to help define the ecological needs of Wisconsin's bat species.
Prof. Byrnes' work has taken her to Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Belize, and remote regions of Sulawesi and Papua New Guinea. She enjoys mentoring students through scientific inquiry and exploration of the outdoor natural environment. She joined the Carthage faculty in fall 2007. Read more.
"My favorite professor?
I would have to say Dr. Byrnes. She's very laidback, she's very fun. She's quirky and makes class interesting. Doing research with her over the summer, I got to know her on a personal level. She's led a very cool life — she's one of those people you definitely look up to."
— Bri Birsa, '11
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