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

Biology Department

New and Exciting in UMass Boston Biology

***New Fall 2015 Courses***

Biology 354: Disease Ecology and Evolution- Professor Douglas Woodhams. An overview of the variety and ubiquity of disease systems, and introduction to disease causation, transmission, emergence, management, and host-parasite coevolution. Click here

Biology 381 Section 1: Special Topics Lecture: Human Physiology- Professor Jarrett Byrnes. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the function and regulation of the human body from the cellular organ system level. Click hereBiology 382 Section 1: Special topics Lab: Human Physiology (1 credit) can be taken with the lecture and is an interactive laboratory with hands-on experiments and computerized simulations.

Biology 381 Section 3: Special Topics Lecture: Marine Biology & Ecology- Professor Jarrett Byrnes.  We will explore the fundamental principles of how life works in our oceans, exploring these concepts using local examples. Click here. Biology 382 Section 3: Special Topics Lab: Marine Biology & Ecology (1 credit) can be taken with the lecture and will introduce students to the basic concepts of sampling and conducting experiments. Click here.

Congratulations to Kamal Bawa for being inducted to the Royal Society of London, the oldest scientific academy in the world. Click here to learn more.

Jill Macoska, director of the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy and the Alton J. Brann Distinguished Professor in Science and Mathematics, has been named one of the 2015 Women to Watch in Science and Technology by the Boston Business Journal. Click here to learn more.

Recent Sustainability Symposiums at UMB: Earth Day 2015- DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY click here and Winter 2014 BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION FOR THE ANTHROPCENE click here. Watch for the FALL 2015 coming attractions!   

Congratulations to PhD student Stefanie Gazda, whose paper "The importance of delineating networks by activity type in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Cedar Key, Florida" was published in Royal Society Open Science 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 hosted the Honorable Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change from the Govt. of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar in April, 2015

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 16th 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 reading 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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