Academics
Marine and Coastal Ecological Research Class (Biol 306) students conducting research by the Nantucket research house.

Biology Department

  • Graduate Student Laura Ganley received $9653.00 from National Geographic to pursue her research on North Atlantic Right Whales. To read her article "How Many Right Whales Do We Miss?," click here. 
  • Assistant Professor from the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy Shailja Pathania has received a Department of Defense Breast Cancer Breakthrough award worth $375,000 over three years. Pathania will study the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations that are linked with high incidence of aggressive hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. To read this article, click here. 
  • A​ssistant Professor Luis De Leon just had an article published in the journal of Ecology entitled, "Tropical Fish Community does not Recover 45 Years After Predator Introduction." This article was a collaboration with Diana Sharpe and other scientists from the Smithsonian Institution in Panama. To read this article, click here.  
  • A​ssistant Professor Luis De Leon was awarded the National Secretariat for Technology and Innovation of Panama (SENACYT) grant along with several international colleagues totaling $118K. Luis and his colleagues will be conducting research funded by this grant over the next two years on electric fish. To learn more, click here. 
  • Associate Professor Alexey Veraksa was awarded a 5-year R01 grant from NIH totaling $1.6M for his lab's work to investigate ERK and Minibrain signaling! To learn more, click here. 

Other News


  • DANTA is pleased to announce their 2017 field courses in tropical biology. The courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis. To view the event flyer, click here. For more information, click here. 
  • There is currently an open position at Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge for a coastal biological technician that will be taking applications starting on April 30th. To get more information on this opportunity, click here.  
  • Phillis Wheatley was mentioned in the New York Times. To read the article, click here. 
  • On May 26th, 2016 the Biology Department hosted the 2016 Graduate Convocation. To view photos from this event, click here.
  • The Biology Department recently received a $1 million anonymous gift, establishing the new Biology Graduate Student Research Endowment! This endowment will support stipends for graduate students, travel to conferences, and graduate research projects for years to come. Click here to read the Boston Globe's article about this gift.
Picture of student in the marsh at the Nantucket Field Station

Biology on Nantucket

Sign up for the Biology Department's summer courses on Nantucket: field research intro course BIO 100: Coastal Ecology and adaptation research course BIO 306: Marine and Coastal Ecological Research. Read More