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

Biology Department

PhD student, Kristin Winchell, had her article entitled "Phenotypic shifts in urban areas in the tropical lizard Anolis cristatellus" published in Evolution International Journal of Organic Evolution. It also appeared as the cover story. To learn more, click here.

The College of Science and Mathematics is currently accepting applications to several undergraduate scholarships. The deadlines are approaching. Please click here for more information.

In November of 2015, Emeritus Professor, Garrison Wilkes became a member of the Maize Genetic Resouces Advisory Committee at the World Maize Gene Bank, CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) outside of Mexico City. To learn more about the CIMMYT, click here

Assistant Professor, Doug Woodhams, has just recently uncovered new research that could save the lives of amphibians. To read more about his research, click here.  


Assistant Professor, Doug Woodhams, was on NPR's "Living on Earth" radio program. To listen to the full audio, click here

Note to advanced undergraduate students (Junior and Seniors with all 200 level requirements fulfilled), 600 level graduate courses can be used to fulfill your 300 level advanced Biology requirements.  You should contact the instructors for any course that you might be interested in taking.

Summer 2016 Classes

  • There is scholarship money being offered for each of the courses listed below. The application deadline is April 15th. Click here to fill out the application. 
  • Associate Professor Gregory Beck will be teaching Biology 100 on Nantucket from July 10th to July 23rd. He will also be teaching Biology 378 and Biology 280 from May 31st to June 30th.
  • Lecturer  Elizabeth Boyle will be teaching Biology 306 on Nantucket from July 27th to August 9th.
  • Associate Professor Solange Brault will be teaching Biology 340, Marine Mammals, on Nantucket from June 19th to June 3rd.

Other News

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Congratulations to Kristin Winchell, a Biology PhD student, for being acknowledged in New Scientist for her research in Puerto Rico on the adaptability of city-dwelling lizards. To read the article 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 

Dr. Kamal Bawa Hosts the Honorable Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change from the Government of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar

Dr. Bawa and Mr. Javadekar

Dr. Kamal Bawa and Kanchan Banerjee (from the Forum for Global Leadership of India) hosted a reception in honor of Mr. Prakash Javadekar, the Honorable Minister of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change from the Government of India on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Integrated Sciences Complex. Theresa Mortimer, assistant chancellor, and Andrew Grosovsky, dean of CSM, gave welcome addresses. The Honorable Minister shared his remarks at the gathering. Dean Grosovsky offered closing remarks for the reception. Read More 

The Dalai Lama Reads Professor Kamal Bawa's recent book, "Himalaya: Mountains of Life"

Dalai Lama reading HImalaya

Pictured here is the Dalai Lama reading leading conservation biologist Kamal Bawa and conservation photographer Sandesh Kadur's recent book, "Himalaya: Mountains of Life." The book focuses on the Eastern Himalaya, and weaves together perspectives on the region’s land, water, biodiversity and peoples into an extraordinarily rich and diverse tapestry of words and images. The book portrays the Eastern Himalayas as a melting pot of ancient cultures, languages, and religions. The research, writing, and publication of Himalaya: Mountains of Life was funded by ATREE with Felis Creations, Gorgas Science Foundation, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Gray Seal Pupping Cam

Picture of gray seals from gray seal pupping cam

Seal cam is the first live streaming video camera to observe seals at a pupping and breeding colony on the east coast. Read what former PhD student and current instructor Stephanie Wood is doing with the seal cam.

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