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

Biology Department

  • Assistant Professor Luis De Leon was awarded the National Secretariat for Technology and Innovation of Panama (SENACYT) grant along with several international colleagues totalling $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. 

Winter Session 2017 Courses

  • Tropical Ecology Bio 359 will be offered during Winter 2017. This is a three-week course in Puerto Rico designed to introduce you to the basics of tropical ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. For more information, click here or here. To apply click here

Scholarship Opportunities

  • The Biology Department has scholarships available for deserving majors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed 12 or more credits at UMass Boston. In addition, for the Lipke Fellowship, you will have to have a current FAFSA on file. Please consider applying for the Lipke Fellowship or the Professors Fund. The deadline for applications are November 18. If you would like to apply for the Lipke Fellowship, click here.  If you would like to apply for the Professors Fund, click here. 

Other News

  • 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.
  • 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. She was acknowledged in New Scientist for her research in Puerto Rico on the adaptability of city-dwelling lizards. To read the article, click here. She was also mentioned in the New York Times. To read the article, click here. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 

Professor Kate McCusker along with her lab have made discoveries about the Mexican Axolotl!

Mexican Acoltol, or Aquatic Salamander

The McCusker Lab found salamander regeneration in the aquatic salamander, otherwise known as the Mexican Axolotl, cells from a different tissue, the connective tissue, is responsible for not only drawing the blue-print of the skeleton but also function as the “building blocks” too! Read More 

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