Through their active research programs, Biology faculty bring vitality into the classroom in subjects ranging from molecular genetics to ecosystem dynamics. This research helps not only the students in the classroom, laboratory, and field, but also addresses problems and challenges facing society at large in the fields of medicine, psychology, education, and environmental management.

Departmental research intersects four major areas:

Our student publications offer a good indicator of how actively our undergraduate and graduate students participate in faculty research. An example is “The movement of aquatic mercury through terrestrial food webs,” co-published by four graduate and three undergraduate students with Professor Cristol, in the journal Science (320:335).