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

Biology Department

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

Assistant Professor, Doug Woodhams, uncovered new research that could save the lives of amphibians. To read about his research, click here. Doug was also 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.

Fall 2016 Classes

  • Assistant Professor Kellee Siegfried-Harris will be teaching Biology 691 (Seminar in Developemental Biology) during the fall semester. The course is an advanced Developmental Biology Course. In this course, you will discuss classical and current topics in Developmental Biology, focusing on primary research articles. Lecture topics will include classical embryology, pattern formation, developmental genetics, stem cells and regenerative medicine, development and disease, and recent advances in developmental biology. NOTE: This course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. Undergraduate students should email Professor Siegfried-Harris for permission to enroll.
  • Associate Professor Katherine Gibson will be teaching Biology 381 (Microbiology Lecture Only) during the fall semester. The course focuses on the broad study of bacteria and viruses that includes their relationship to humans and the environment. Lecture topics will include microbial biochemistry, cell biology and genetics, evolution and ecology, as well as the human microbiome and bacterial pathogenesis. In order to register for this course you must obtain instructor permission. Please email Professor Gibson for permission. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. NOTE: This course is identical to the lecture component of BIOL 334 but does not contain a laboratory component. You cannot enroll in this course if you have previously taken Bio 334 and received a grade for it. 

Other News

  • 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 

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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