Benjamin Jellen, Ph.D.

Ben JellenAssistant Professor of Biology

Office: Voigt Science Hall 217A

Phone: (618) 537-6096


Ph.D., Biology, Saint Louis University (2010)

M.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Illinois (2005)

B.S., Biology, University of Illinois (1999)

Personal Quote

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." ~ Mark Twain

Teaching Interests

Courses are designed to develop/enhance a student's critical thinking abilities using scientific doctrine and experimentation. Courses taught include: Introductory Biology, Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Evolution, Developmental Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy.

Research Interests

I am interested in the reproductive ecology/physiology, behavior, and conservation of animals with a particular interest in amphibians and reptiles.


Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Animal Behavior

American Midland Naturalist


Environmental Awareness Committee

Green Team

Institutional Review Board