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.


January 17, 2018

Integrative Biology Alum & Biology Master's student Featured in Sea Turtle Article. Dr. Justin Perrault, IB alum & Associate Director of Research at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Christina Coppenrath, intern at Loggerhead and Biology Master's student, were featured in an online article about a deadly virus affecting sea turtles on the Oceana Organization website. 


January 15, 2018

New Research Receives Media Attention. Dr. Erik Noonburg, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, recently published a collaborative research article in the journal Ecology that received a press release by the Ecological Society of America and write-up on the Science Daily website.


January 12, 2018

FAU Biology Has Big Presence at SICB 2018. Many faculty and students attended this year's annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference. Many Integrative Biology graduate students gave talks and poster presentations. 


January 8, 2018

More Female Sea Turtles Born as Temperatures Rise. Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, weighs in on new research about female sea turtle populations and climate change. 


January 5, 2018

Testing Sea Turtle Hatchling Stamina. Dr. Sarah Milton, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, and her graduate student, Karen Pankaew, conducted the first study on disorientation to examine the physiological effects of extended crawling and swimming performance on sea turtle hatchlings. The study, published in the  Journal of Experimental Biology  has received coverage on numerous TV news and broadcasts around the country and featured online at National Geographic, the Wildlife Society, Newsweek, and the New York Times. 


January 2, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully for his new position as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies!


December 22, 2017

Science Remix Podcast Series Episode 1. The new podcast series by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science features Dr. Diane Baronas-Lowell, Associate Scientist in the Department of Biological Sciences, in its first episode entitled "Antibiotic Resistance."  


December 18, 2017

FAU Hosts Nikon Microscopy Workshop. The two day event boasted 23 graduate students, post docs, and faculty members from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Psychology, Biomedical Sciences, and the Honors College. 


December 15, 2017

Annual Biology Holiday Party A Success. Thank you so much to all the efforts of everyone that helped put this together, the many volunteers and especially Rebecca Dixon for such a wonderful holiday celebration! 


December 13, 2017

General Ornithology Twitter Conference with the British Ornithologists' Union. Integrative Biology PhD student Betsy Evans, member of Dr. Dale Gawlik's laboratory, participates in the international ecology social media conference. 


December 11, 2017

FAU AND MAX PLANCK UNVEIL FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND HONORS PROGRAM. A new partnership between FAU and MPFI will establish an undergraduate honors program in neuroscience that will be the first of its kind across the globe! Read the Sun Sentinel article


December 8, 2017

Biology graduate student artwork featured on book cover. Congratulations to Thomas Parker, PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Kailiang Jia, for having his artwork featured on the cover of Autophagy: Cancer, Other Pathologies, Inflammation, Immunity, Infection, and Aging 1st Edition .


December 6, 2017

Biology Scholarships. Congratulations to all graduate students that received a Biology Department Scholarship this fall! Many thanks to the generous contributions of all Biology Department Scholarship donors!


December 4, 2017

2018 Frontiers in Science Lecture Series. Please see the new season of lectures and the 2017 Graduate Student winners of the 3MT Competition featured in the finale.  


December 1, 2017

2017 Three Minute Thesis Videos. In this challenging event, students presented their 8,000 word thesis in 3 minutes! Science swept the event taking the top three prices, with Biology graduate students receiving the Championship, People's Choice, and First Runner-Up!


November 27, 2017

Integrative Biology PhD Candidate Wins Photo Contest. Congratulations to Chelsea Bennice, student in Dr. Brooks laboratory, for winning the cover photo for the 2018 LagoonFest calendar photo contest!  


November 17, 2017

Biology Master's Alumna Publishes in Zoology . Congratulations to Shelby Creager, former student of Department of Biological Sciences faculty member Dr. Marianne Porter, for getting her Master's thesis work published!  


November 13, 2017

OwlGEMS receive a bronze medal at the 2017 iGEM Jamboree. Congratulations to the OwlGEMS team for winning a bronze medal at the iGEM Giant Jamboree, the largest Synthetic Biology competition in the world with over 100 countries represented! 


November 8, 2017

Short Term Synaptic Plasticity Study Awarded a National Institute of Health Research Grant. Congratulations to Dr. Greg Macleod for receiving a four-year research grant from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke!


November 3, 2017

Congratulations to Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Championship winners! Congratulations to Integrative Biology students, Keith Murphy (First Runner-Up) and Boris Tezak (Championship Winner and People's Choice Winner)


November 1, 2017

Congratulations to Tevin Ali, Biology student alum - Class of 2017, that was named 'Intern of the Year' by the Florida Association for Colleges and Employers.


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