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About Cynthia Norton, PhD

Cindy Norton is an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in the intersections of ecology, evolution and behavior. She studies reproduction, growth, and development of the freshwater snail Planorbella (Helisoma) trivolvis as a model for understanding the life history, reproductive biology and behavior of hermaphrodites. Students actively collaborate in all aspects of the research – from conception of projects, data collection and analysis to presentation at both local and national conferences. Dr. Norton has been a faculty member at St. Kate’s since 1990, teaching courses in both Biology and Women’s Studies including: Foundations of Biology I, Evolutionary Biology, Animal Behavior, Biology of Women, and Foundations of Women’s Studies, as well the interdisciplinary collaboration Discovering the History of Evolutionary Thought: Darwin in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during January. She is also the pre-Vet adviser.


Present Director, Collaborative Undergraduate Research, St. Catherine University ‐ College for Women
Present Professor of Biology and Women's Studies, St. Catherine University Biology Department

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Endowed Professorship in the Sciences, 2006–2009
  • St. Catherine University Carondolet Scholar, 2011–present
  • Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century, Class of 1994


  • Foundations of Biology I
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Biology Sophomore Seminar
  • Foundation of Women's Studies
  • Biology of Women


1985 PhD, University of Iowa ‐ Biology
1980 BA, Smith College ‐ Biology

Contact Information

Department of Biology
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105



Recent Works (4)

Ecology, Evolution and Reproduction of the freshwater snail Planorbella (Helisoma) trivolvis (12)

Intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Science (4)

Curriculum Development/Feminist Pedagogy (4)

Community/Faculty Development (3)