Aaron Sullivan, PhD

Professor of Biology

Research Interests

  • Animal behavior
  • Animal ecology
  • Biodiversity
Aaron Sullivan

The Department of Biological and Molecular Sciences welcomed Aaron Sullivan as a professor of biology in 2022. He arrived from Houghton College in New York, where he worked as chair of the Department of Biology (2013-22) and director of the college’s First-Year Science Honors program (2017-21). That came after he served as an associate professor (2004-11) and as an assistant professor (2004-11) at the school.

At Houghton, Sullivan specialized in teaching courses in animal behavior, animal ecology, biodiversity, general biology, and herpetology, among other subjects. Previously, he gained teaching experience at Binghamton University (SUNY) in Binghamton, New York, where he was an instructor in the university’s Department of Biological Sciences (2004) and a National Science Foundation K-12 Teaching Fellow (2003-04).

Academic Background

PhD, Biology, Binghamton University (2004)
MS, Biology, Missouri State University (1999)
BS, Biology, Mount Vernon Nazarene University (1997)

Research Interests

Sullivan's primary area of research interests are animal behavior, animal ecology and biodiversity.

Outside the Classroom 

Sullivan and his wife Sunshine have a daughter, Adelaide, and a son, Canaan. He enjoys coffee, nature photography, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and fly fishing.