Biology Announcements

The following is a list of the latest news from the Department of Biological Sciences. For more general stories or announcements, please visit the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science homepage, the Jupiter Life Science Initiative webpage, and the Owl Research & Innovation Magazine.


June 16, 2021

Happy World Sea Turtle Day. Listen as Dr. Jeanette Wyneken shares interesting sea turtle hatchling and nesting facts from her Research in Action talk.


June 14, 2021

FAU’s Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute. Contributions totaling $10 million to Florida Atlantic University from David J. S. Nicholson will welcome an era of unprecedented research, education and discovery at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. 


June 10, 2021

IB PhD Alumna Publishes Paper. Dr. Danielle Ingle, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, recently published a paper with Dr. Jeanette Wyneken that documents morphological data on craniofacial and axial bifurcation in sea turtles from south Florida beaches. 


June 7, 2021

IBNS PhD Student Publishes Paper. Justin Palermo, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Keene, recently co-authored a paper in the scientific journal eLife that investigates the discriminative capabilities of taste systems using Drosophila as a model system.


June 4, 2021

Biology Undergraduate Student CEO Wins $19k in Three Competitions. Paris Prince, CEO of SPods, is an FAU High School senior and a junior in B.S. Neuroscience and Behavior program, who won $19,500 in funding from three competitions for her innovative student project and startup business called SPods; a portable, eco-friendly, hand hygiene product. 


June 1, 2021

Biology Faculty Member Featured on Smithsonian Magazine Website. Dr. Jeanette Wyneken was recently featured in the article "Baby Sea Turtles Spend ‘Lost Years’ in Sargasso Sea" that discusses her research on tracking neonate green turtles. This research was also featured online in a Popular Science article!


May 28, 2021

Study Reveals Health Status of Vulnerable Gopher Tortoises. A comprehensive health assessment of gopher tortoises at two sites in southeastern Florida provides important baseline information on this vulnerable species.


May 25, 2021

IB Alumna Publishes Paper. Dr. Missy Williams, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Kate Detwiler, recently published a paper in the scientific journal Primates that provides critical baseline information about the monkeys of Dania Beach.


May 21, 2021

IBNS PhD Student Research Featured on APS website. Akshay Naraine, IBNS PhD candidate who works in the laboratory of Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully, had his research featured on the American Physiology Society's webpage.


May 18, 2021

Biology Graduate Student Spotlight. Samantha Trail, who works with Drs. Jeanette Wyneken and Mike Salmon, was recently featured in the College of Science Student Spotlight!


May 15, 2021

Marine Science Masters Program Graduate Publishes Paper. Erin Shilling, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Joshua Voss, recently published a paper that reveals how a common antibiotic is showing promise in treating disease-affected coral colonies.


May 12, 2021

FAU Announces Winners of 2021 ‘Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition’. Congratulations to Nirthieca Suthakaran, IBBS PhD student who works in the lab of Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully, for receiving the Championship Second Runner-up award!


May 10, 2021

FAU Celebrates 52nd Annual Honors Convocation Awardees. Congratulations to Dr. Johanna Kowalko for receiving the University Researcher of the Year award!


May 6, 2021

IB Faculty Member Receives Faculty Advocate Award. Dr. Marianne Porter received the Faculty Advocate Award from the 6th Annual Women/Womxn’s Leadership Institute recognizing her continued efforts in embodying the spirit of “Voices of the Unheard: Refusing to Be Silenced” and empowering women in her lab and in the FAU community.


May 3, 2021

FAU Professor Named ASBMB Fellow. Dr. Herbert Weissbach, FAU professor emeritus, was selected as a Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).



Updated June 16, 2021