Jack Boyle, a post-doctorate Mellon Fellow at W&M, is lead author on a paper that shows GMOs are not the main culprit for the decline of the monarch butterfly, a finding that goes against claims made by scientists and activists for decades.
Jonathan Allen, an associate professor of biology at W&M, is part of a team that discovered that the crown-of-thorns seastar can reproduce by larval cloning.
Laurie Sanderson is introducing her BIOL 456 students to 21st century concepts, skills and techniques using the tools and expertise in William & Mary’s makerspace facilities in Swem Library and Small Hall.
“To me it’s the science that matters,” Professor Saha said. “It’s a chance for the students to see how stunningly beautiful this field is to work in."
William & Mary President Katherine A. Rowe today announced the adoption of the university’s first long-range, comprehensive Sustainability Plan.
A strand of spider silk is five times stronger than a steel cable of the same weight, said Hannes Schniepp of the Department of Applied Science at William & Mary. His lab has been unraveling the secrets behind the strength of the brown recluse spider.
The William & Mary iGEM team is preparing to compete in the world’s largest synthetic biology competition for the fifth year in a row. The students have spent the past six months finding a multidisciplinary approach to cracking the code for how cells interpret signals.
Those toads hopping jauntily around Williamsburg in their snazzy little backpacks are a work of science, not sorcery.
Dan Cristol is beginning the 2018-19 academic year in a newly created position at William & Mary’s Roy R. Charles Center for Academic Excellence: faculty director of undergraduate research.
William & Mary ornithologist Dan Cristol has his own predictions on what Hurricane Florence will mean for birds and birders.
Josh Puzey, assistant professor of biology, is the co-author of a study that links natural selection and genetic variation using wildflowers.
Martha Case is updating — and modernizing — the Campus Tour of Woody Species, a walking loop that takes in some of the most interesting trees of William & Mary.
William & Mary biologist John Swaddle will receive nearly $100,000 in matching funds from the state of Virginia to develop technology to reduce the toll that wind turbines take on birds.
William & Mary Associate Professor of biology Shantá D. Hinton, a member of the 50th commemoration committee, had the idea for the song and worked with Director of Choirs James Armstrong to find a composer to create it.
As William & Mary celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence, these are just a few of the distinguished professors to receive that honor.
The day started off with pipetting basics and ended with a hunt for new bacteriophages.
Two William & Mary undergraduates will soon enter into research careers, each backed by a strong vote of confidence from the National Science Foundation.
Monarch butterflies are, along with honeybees, among the most charismatic insects of North America. David De La Mater has been researching the Eastern population of the butterflies, and most specifically Asclepias syriaca — the common milkweed.
Bird-human actions can end in tragedy — for bird as well as human. John Swaddle believes technology and a solid understanding of bird behavior can make those tragedies less frequent.
Likhitha Kolla is this year’s recipient of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy. The award is endowed by the trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation to recognize excellence in the sciences and mathematics in an undergraduate student.
Diane Shakes is a professor in William & Mary’s Department of Biology. She and her collaborators have been examining Auanema rhodensis, a species of nematode that brings a completely different take to hermaphroditism.
Jack Boyle has been using the web to mine millions of century-old botany records to track abundance patterns of milkweed in America. His hope is to solve the puzzle of how innovations in agriculture have affected the natural habitat for monarch butterflies.
"The greatest joy that keeps me going is that they develop into these amazing young scientists, the majority of whom enter doctoral programs." - from an interview with Associate Professor of Biology Shantá Hinton, featured by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Designed to engage students in the outdoors and broaden the impact of William & Mary’s Park Rx initiative, the event featured a nature walk, Integrated Science Center Greenhouse tour, interactive lecture and platform for student ambassadors to “prescribe” parks to their peers.
William & Mary’s team was named First Runner-Up in the 2017 iGEM competition, beating out all but one team in a large field in the quest for what has been dubbed the World Cup of Science.
Biology professor Jon Allen's experience with a rare parasite was dramatized and televised on the Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me" program!
W&M students will be among hundreds from the world’s major research institutions going to the iGEM Grand Jamboree.
In recent months, clinicians have been scrambling to make sense of rising incidents of ehrlichiosis infections in the United States. Matthias Leu, associate professor of biology, has a thread on that one: Follow the deer, particularly the fawns.
Shantá D. Hinton gave William & Mary’s 12th Tack Faculty Lecture.
The 2017 Big Sit, on Oct. 6, was the club’s third annual event.
A graduate student is researching regional differences in milkweed and the implications of those differences on populations of monarch butterflies in eastern North America
The “People behind the papers” interview was prompted the recently published paper and highlights her international collaboration in the field of cell structure and development.
“Brain Dance” is the 12th Tack Faculty Lecture and one in a yearlong series of events at the university to commemorate the 50th anniversary of William & Mary’s first African-American residential students.
Khalil Russell '21 is a 1693 Scholar who has a passion for breeding fish. It's one reason he chose to study at William & Mary.
A developing technology will project an audible alarm to alert birds that they need to switch off cruise control and look ahead.
William & Mary has joined six other Virginia research institutions in a formal agreement that will encourage shared use of scientific instrumentation.
Conservation partners are celebrating the first successful breeding of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker within the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
The following awards were presented during Commencement ceremonies on May 13, 2017.
Renee Peace, business manager for the biology department, has been awarded the 2017 Charles and Virginia Duke Award.
W&M Associate Professor recognized by her alma mater, Howard University during celebration of its 150th Anniversary
Ananda Menon, who is pursuing a master’s degree in W&M’s Department of Biology, is examining the effects of mercury on the sperm of birds.
Anna Klompen ’17 and Karina Brocco French ’16 made significant discoveries in Jonathan Allen’s lab in William & Mary’s Department of Biology.
A well-done, less than 14-minute podcast broadcast by the Flat Hat. Well worth a listen!
The edition is the only one in the U.S. and one of three in the world belonging to a library, according to WorldCat’s global library catalog.
The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability this fall awarded more than $50,000 in funding to faculty, students and staff for sustainability projects on campus and in the local community through Green Fee grants.
A group of William & Mary researchers led by Dan Cristol provided scientific evidence supporting a $50 million settlement resulting from decades-old mercury pollution.
You probably have never seen a black rail. Most people — even serious birders — haven’t. The last Virginia sighting was in 2014, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out there.
Millington Hall is being slowly eaten away...
New venue, old friends as Biology Department alumni return for a wonderful reunion.
A grant from the National Science Foundation to a multi-institutional team headed by researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science will fund an effort to identify how policymakers and coastal residents can best respond to rising seas.
Homecoming Events planned for Oct 13-16. Good-bye Millington, Hello ISC!
ISC 3 came on line for the beginning of the semester and was dedicated at a Sept. 22 ceremony held in conjunction with the fall meeting of the university’s Board of Visitors.
Work is still going on, but the third phase of William & Mary’s Integrated Science Center will be open when classes start. (With one exception.)
Last year’s William & Mary iGEM team won several prizes, including the Grand Prize. This year’s project is going to be bigger. And better. And more useful.
Mark Swingle ’76 was the first employee hired when the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center was nothing more than a tiny office. The aquarium is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.
It was a banner year for Virginia’s bald eagles as well as for Virginia’s bald-eagle researchers.
The new 113,000-square-foot ISC 3 is scheduled to be fully on line in fall.
A recent announcement from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe included notice that two William & Mary scientists received matching funds to help bring their discoveries into the market.
The W&M Herbarium is part of a global effort digitizing natural history collections. More than half of its roughly 81,000 specimen records are available for free online.
A team from William & Mary is a finalist in the 2016 American Society for Microbiology Agar Art contest, and your vote can help win the People’s Choice Award.
Students will be able to check-out the solar-powered bike-car hybrid, which is one of the projects approved this spring for green fee project funding.
W&M Professor Dan Cristol is one of the authors of a new paper that confirms an additional challenge for migratory birds, beyond the vicissitudes of weather, predators and the bad luck of running into a wind turbine or a window.
The William Small Award for Faculty Excellence remembers the contributions of 18th-century professor and Thomas Jefferson teacher William Small
Work by the university's researchers has been prominent in the national — and even the international — media recently.
It takes a research university to bring together the resources required to address big questions, but the term “research university” takes a bit of unpacking in the context of an institution that, as the charter mandates, "shall be called and denominated, for ever, the College of William and Mary."
The scholarships are reserved for students studying math, science or engineering who intend to pursue a Ph.D.
Photo booth technology has advanced tremendously from the old days!
William & Mary ichthyologist Laurie Sanderson has a patent pending on a new type of filter that is designed to be clogless, or at least clog-resistant.
It’s nesting season for bald eagles, and the birds are nesting closer and closer to campus — but William & Mary's naturalists have found no eagle nest on the campus itself. Yet.
More than 150 grad students from the arts and sciences presented their research March 18-19 at the Sadler Center
It didn’t take long for W&M students to start charging their laptops and phones with the new solar-powered charging station built into a picnic table Tuesday outside Sadler Center.
Anna Klompen W&M '17, recently was awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Jon Allen, her undergraduate research advisor, reflects on how this award became a springboard for his own career.
Halleran is the co-recipient of the 2016 Jefferson Prize, sharing the award with Isaac Alty, a chemistry and ancient Greek major.
"It was amazing to experience others engaging with my research and offering ideas on the directions I can take my project"
Two William & Mary professors have been recognized as 2016 recipients of Outstanding Faculty Awards by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Joanne Watters Elena is program director of NIH's National Cancer Institute. Conclusive evidence, she said, remains elusive.
Drs. Matthias Leu and Oliver Kerscher are in video describing methods and purpose of this collaborative project.