Graduate student awarded for work with bird and deer ecology.
Local students are cropping up in William & Mary labs, performing research even before they've finished high school.
Jon Allen had been experiencing "intermittent rough areas" that he could feel with his tongue. Allen, whose specialty is invertebrate biology, suspected that he might have been harboring an unwanted invertebrate guest.
Dr. Jaws—better known as Zach Nicholls ’14—combined his scientific know-how and artistic bent to write a book on sharks unlike anything you've read before.
A wetland ecosystems class caught turtles on Sept. 4 as part of part of a larger initiative. The Ecological Research as Education Network includes turtle censuses from 25 other schools in the United States.
Ten research projects involving faculty at William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School will each receive $10,000 in funding as part of a program to foster collaboration between researchers at the two institutions.
Thirteen recent William & Mary graduates have been awarded Fulbright U.S. student grants, tying an institutional record set in 2010
There are more bald eagles than ever nesting along the James River—and it's likely that the population is getting close to the saturation point.
Collecting tick specimens is nasty work, but Joanna Weeks '13 nonetheless based her William & Mary senior honors project on Amblyomma americanum, known as the lone star tick.
The 2011 loss of two whimbrels included in the Center for Conservation Biology’s tracking project to hunters near Port-Louis, Guadeloupe, was a watershed event for shorebird scientists, forcing them to consider the real possibility that hunting within the West Indies and the northern coast of South America may be playing a significant role in observed population declines.
What could possibly be a follow-up to a group of freshmen discovering a new form of life and finding new genes in its genome? Having that same group continue their research in a new investigation of bacteriophage proteomics.
Spring is in full bloom in William & Mary’s biology labs, with more than 350 undergraduate students spawning marine invertebrates.
As a child, Sarah Glaser dreamed of working in Africa. In studying the fishing of Lake Victoria, Glaser made her dream come true.
The thing that looks like someone tossed a dirty mattress into the upper reaches of the Crim Dell pond is actually a floating artificial wetland, designed to help clean excess nitrogen from the water of the campus landmark.
The 2013 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Society for Developmental Biology is being held at William & Mary's Integrated Science Center April 19-21.
Two faculty members have been recognized with the Arts & Sciences award for teaching excellence.
Diane Shakes was one of 20 William and Mary faculty to receive the Plumeri award for Faculty Excellence in recognition of their exemplary achievements in regard to teaching, research and service.
For the second year, the Center for Conservation Biology is sounding the call to OspreyWatchers throughout the world to record and share their observations with a growing online community of global citizens that are linked by an interest in osprey biology and a concern for aquatic environments.
The Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group has received the Wings Across the Americas Award issued by the U.S. Forest Service.
Ornithologists and bird enthusiasts from around the globe will flock to Williamsburg for a chance to hear from esteemed researchers and mingle with avian royalty.
Four entries chosen that improve the quality of education at the university while reducing costs or generating revenue that can be reinvested.
Brian Rabe '13 is the 2013 winner of the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy. Rabe, a double major in biology and chemistry, has set his sights on being a researcher and professor at a university.
Dr. Greg Capelli, 64, of Lanexa, Virginia died on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Capelli recently retired as Professor Emeritus of Aquatic Biology at the College of William & Mary after 38 years of service.
Fletcher Smith, a biologist with the Center for Conservation Biology traveled 1,500 miles to St. Croix in November to catch up with a whimbrel named Hope.
George Gilchrist, Biology Department Emeritus Professor, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Despite the threat of Hurricane Sandy, alumni reunited for 2012 Homecoming Weekend.
Researchers from the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) are studying the interesting lives of eagles.
The College of William & Mary announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Now's the time for birders who want to add to their life lists, says Dan Cristol, an ornithologist at William & Mary.
The 2012 Raft Debate, a much beloved William & Mary tradition, will be held at the Commonwealth Auditorium in the Sadler Center on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Paul Heideman, Professor of Biology, is the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the year.
A team of W&M researchers help Ugandan scientists prepare for a promising but uncertain future.
Catching whimbrels on their breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle is quite different from trapping those same birds in their mid-migration staging areas on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
Biology graduate Daniel Schwab (WM '12) enters graduate school with $100,000 scholarship from highly competitive NSF program.
Biology professor John Swaddle will be featured this week on NPR's With Good Reason radio program.
Students as young as four years old extract DNA in Shanta Hinton's outreach project.
Holly Blackburn has rapidly earned national recognition for her research with Dr. Jon Allen.
A student and professor have been collaborating on a survey of the most important trees on the verdant campus of William & Mary.
Dan Cristol wrote an article the New York Times headlined “Why Bambi Must Go”, published in the Op-Ed section on 18 May, 2012. The article reflects Cristol’s passion for bird conservation, and highlights the effects that burgeoning deer populations have on decimating plant communities that support bird populations.
Andrew Bouland '12 will enter medical school in a few weeks with a published scientific paper under his belt.
Biology professor Martha Case has spent her career researching this delicate, quirky orchid.
America needs more good, seasoned K-12 STEM teachers—a set of professionals who not only understand science and math, but who also know how to make other people understand science and math.
Dr. Greg Capelli honored in naming of "Capelli Cove" -- an arm of Lake Matoaka -- by the Board of Visitors
Every summer since 1999, a number of high school biology teachers gather in the labs and classrooms of William & Mary’s Integrated Science Center to work with and discuss the latest advances in research with the College's biologists.
Provost says new lecture series is designed to "celebrate the intellectual life of the College by showcasing the excellence of William & Mary faculty."
First awarded in 2009, Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence have touched faculty and students in almost every corner of the campus, and now the College is announcing the 2012 honorees.
Collaborative work with evolutionary biologist on sex ratios in nematodes highlighted
Three biology students win awards at the 2012 W&M Graduate Research Symposium.
Live music, door prizes, and snacks amid Millington Greenhouse's tropical plants.
When Molly McDonough presented her research at William and Mary’s annual Neuroscience Symposium in November, the opportunity was both an honor and a celebration of why she came to the College.
William & Mary molecular biologist Lizabeth Allison has received a grant of more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation.
New venues and intriguing topics in store for the upcoming semester. UPDATED 1/16/12
For the 2011 Homecoming Weekend, alumni reunited at a reception in the greenhouse, and attended a seminar given by Alissa Armstrong '04.
An open-house at Millington Greenhouse was a big success for Parents Weekend
The votes are in and Kevin Byrne ’00 has been chosen as the winner of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry "Month at the Museum 2" contest.
All actions in nature can be expressed numerically. That’s biomathematics in a very, very small nutshell. Kiah Hardcastle has her own way to describe the concept.
Kevin Byrne ’00 is one of six finalists for the Month at the Museum 2 contest. The winner will be decided by a public, online vote.
W&M alumnus Dr. Hans Ackerman to share research and experience with current Biology students
When you ask biology major Marc Magnus-Sharpe '85 where his heart lies, chances are you will find the answer in the middle of the frothing rapids of a river or the steep, snowy slopes of a mountain. When you ask him what he does, you will get an entirely different story.
For Kelly O’Toole '14, the opportunity to combine her interest in biology and anthropology with her passion for animals provided the perfect starting point to develop her Sharpe Community Scholars Program summer project.
Matthew Wawersik spends a lot of time looking at fruit flies. His lab uses these little bugs as a model to study germ line stem cell development.
W&M bird scientists Mitchell Byrd and Dan Cristol were each honored for their contributions to ornithology by the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO).
Virginia's breeding population of red-cockaded woodpeckers reached a new high this year, with nine breeding pairs documented in late May.
"I've never followed a traditional route—in college or in my career . . . "
Students in William & Mary’s Watershed Dynamics class convened in the basement of Tyler and assumed the virtual roles of stakeholders —land developers, farmers, watermen, and local regulators—to simulate the challenges inherent in Chesapeake Bay management.
The College of William and Mary's Alpha of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa gathers annually to celebrate the academic and professional achievement of its membership.
A paper published in the prestigious online journal Nature Communications reveals the molecular biology behind a certain worm’s ability to break—or at least ignore—the laws of Mendelian genetics.
What caused thousands of blackbirds to die at once in Arkansas? W&M Biology Professor Dan Cristol weighs in. (update)
This year's Homecoming had delightful weather, a win for the football team in overtime, and warm reunions with friends and faculty.
As the United States wrestles with the threat of another terrorist attack, Kristina Meko is working on a plan.
The Virginia Herpetological Society honored W&M biology major Aniko Toth for her presentation at their annual meeting held in October.
…and our transmission electron microscope is running just fine, thanks
The saga of William & Mary's family of Cooper's hawks continues.
Frederick Lambert of Powhatan, Va., and Brittany Lewis of Andover, Mass., are receiving financial support for continuing their mentored research work over two summers plus their senior year at the College.
Diners in Williamsburg-area eateries late this summer may be tasting the results of a William & Mary sustainable agriculture internship.
Michelle Munyikwa '11 is one of only 15 students to be selected as a UNCF - Merck Undergraduate Fellow.
NASA is funding biology graduate student Jason Westerbeck and biology faculty member Matthias Leu through the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.
Rusty blackbirds are threatened across their range--except on the William & Mary campus.
The College of William and Mary has been awarded $1.2 million in funding by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), part of a nationwide program to help universities strengthen undergraduate and precollege science education.
Randy Chambers, Paul Heideman, and John Swaddle receive Plumeri Awards.
In 2010-2011, the biology department will be offering several new courses.
The Biology Department is proud that Professor Eric Bradley was honored for his service to the College of William and Mary and given the Faculty Governance Award.
Microbiologist Mark Forsyth was awarded the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award during the Charter Day ceremony.
This weekend, Miller's extraordinary devotion to studying and solving some of those puzzles was recognized when she was presented the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy.
The College of William and Mary, partnering with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will offer a new undergraduate minor in marine science.
IBBSS (pronounced Ibis), the Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies, is a new addition to our web site.
William & Mary's interdisciplinary environmental program is expanding, thanks to a new post-doctoral fellowship program.
Read about Biology Topics courses offered in the upcoming 2010 Spring Semester (Bio 404 - Topics in Biology course catalog listing).
Halloween brings out the phage in some of us.
Alex Gunderson (W&M '07) published a paper with Dr. Mark Forsyth and Dr. John Swaddle that is featured in a story by the BBC. Alex's work points to effects that feather-degrading bacteria have on bluebird plummage coloration and health.
A protein known as the thyroid hormone receptor shuttles in and out of the cell's nucleus, where it goes about the all-important business of turning genes on and off.
The department has regained its phosphorimaging capabilities with a new Storm 845 unit.
Congratulations to John Griffin on being named the Class of 2012 Associate Professor of Biology.
On Feb. 7, during William & Mary's annual Charter Day celebrations, Kelly Hallinger received the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy for her work in biology and ornithology.
Research now under way in the new Integrated Science Center: What can an understanding of the genetics of yeast do to get us closer to a cure for cancer? Plenty.
Graduating biology and neuroscience majors will defend their thesis research (Masters for Biology and Honors Theses with Biology Department faculty advisors). All interested students and faculty are encouraged to attend!
Two graduate students in William and Mary’s biology program received external grants totaling $42,900 to continue their work on environmentally-sensitive projects.
Every other Monday, behind closed doors, a group of people huddle over a platter of sandwiches in Millington Hall to discuss and refine their plans to disperse mercury throughout the College of William and Mary.
Heather McConchie's interest in biology began when she was a senior high school student in Chesapeake, Virginia.
This is a love story, really. Her sophomore year, William and Mary biology major Jenn Guyant fell in love on Spring Break. She knew it wasn't going to be easy, logistically or emotionally, to make it work in the future, but it was love and she was going to try. Her love? Africa.
Nothing is as charismatic as a bluebird, that nearly universal symbol of happiness and well being. Bluebirds are valuable for more than symbols of happiness. Their own pursuit of happiness makes them an ideal subject for scientific study.
A graduate from the William and Mary class of 1974, Linda Cauley now serves as director for Shenandoah Valley Governor's School (SVGS) in Fishersville, Virginia. She acts as a principal as well as an AP Environmental Science teacher SVGS. The school specializes in math, science, technology, and, more recently, the fine arts.
"Ridiculously cool." That is junior pre-med Jeff Burket's phrase of choice when describing his work in Prof. Mark Forsyth's lab, as well as when expressing his wonder at life on the molecular level in general.