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.


March 14, 2018

VOICE PITCH SWAYS VOTERS, DOESN'T RESULT IN BETTER LEADERS. To determine if there is a correlation between voice pitch and leadership ability, Dr. Rindy Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Casey Klofstad, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami, conducted an observational study and an experimental study that was published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.


March 9, 2018

SYNAPSE 2018 a big success. The Jupiter Life Science Initiative sponsored event showcased the work of more than 150 young scientists including, 40 Postdocs, 40 graduate students and 30 undergraduates from FAU, MPFI, and TSRI. 


March 5, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Alex Keene, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, for recently receiving a $399,509 NIH research award for his project entitled "Development of Genetic Tools for Functional Analysis of Sleep in Cavefish."


March 1, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Milton, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, for recently receiving a $9,750 sponsored research award from the FAU Foundation/Friends of Gumbo Limbo for her project entitled "Impacts of UV-B Light Therapy on Vitamin D and Immune Responsiveness in FP Turtles."


February 28, 2018

IB PhD Candidate Wins Award at Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Network . Boris Tezak, a graduate student in Dr. Jeanette Wyneken's laboratory, recently won the Boyd Lyon Award for best student talk at the 2018 meeting of the Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Network.  


February 24, 2018

IB PhD Candidate Presents at Regional 3-Minute Thesis Competition. Boris Tezak, a graduate student in Dr. Jeanette Wyneken's laboratory, recently presented at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools regional 3MT Competition in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 


February 21, 2018

The Evolution of Sleep Loss: Behind the Paper. Dr. Alex Keene is featured in a blog post in Nature Ecology and Evolution about his recent publication. 


February 16, 2018

Jose Grisales Recieves the 20th Annual Greater Everglades Student Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations to biology undergraduate Jose Grisales for receiving this nomination and the ceremony award will take place at the FLTWS Spring Meeting in Crystal River, Fl on April 11-13th


February 14, 2018

WHO'S YOUR DADDY? GOOD NEWS FOR THREATENED SEA TURTLES. New study published by Drs. Colin Hughes and Jeanette Wyneken and Integrative Biology PhD candidate Jake Lasala is featured in the FAU News Desk. This is the first study to document multiple paternity in loggerhead sea turtle nests in southwest Florida.


February 12, 2018

Study Shows Male Sea Turtles Are Vanishing Closer To Home. Drs. Sarah Milton and Jeanette Wyneken of the Biological Sciences Department have been studying and documenting sea turtles in Palm Beach County since 2002, and found that 97 to 100 percent of the hatchlings have been female.  


February 7, 2018

Blind Cavefish in Mexico Offer Clues to Sleep Regulation. Dr. Alex Keene of the Biological Sciences Department has published new research identifying new mechanisms that regulate sleep in vertebrates using the mexican cavefish, A. mexicanus. This work will be highlighted in upcoming high-profile journals and a blog post will appear in Nature Ecology & Evolution


February 2, 2018

Biology Students/OURI Awardees Publish Their Research on Gene PromoterJustin Kirke, Biology Master's student who works in the laboratory of Dr. Zhang in the Biological Sciences Department, and Stephanie Velez, FAU Biology alumna, recently published their research in Molecular Biotechnology . 


January 31, 2018

Warmer Weather is Turning Turtles on this South Florida Beach Female. Dr. Jeanette Wyneken of the Biological Sciences Department had her research studying underground sea turtle nests recently featured in the Sun Sentinel. 


January 29, 2018

Breeding sex ratio and population size of loggerhead turtles from Southwestern Florida. Jake Lasala, Integrative Biology PhD candidate, along with Drs. Colin Hughes and Jeanette Wyneken of the Biological Sciences Department published a new paper evaluating breeding sex ratios of loggerhead turtles to understand how growing populations behave before extreme environmental effects are evident. 


January 25, 2018

How milking venomous snails can help us build better medicines. Alberto Padilla, Integrative Biology PhD candidate, along with Drs. Patricia Keating, James Hartmann, and Frank Mari received media attention for their recent study published in  Scientific Reports . The study has received coverage the Washington Post, National Institutes of Standards and Technology News (NIST), and Science Daily. Congratulations to all the authors!


January 22, 2018

Biological Sciences Senior Recognized in OURI Student Spotlight. Congratulations to Alessandra Lezcano, senior Biology major who works in the laboratory of Dr. Rindy Anderson, for being recognized by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry!


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 10, 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 8, 2017

Biology graduate students help rescue juvenile sperm whale. Danielle Ingle, Cameron Luck and Grace Roskar, assisted with a beached juvenile sperm whale near Juno Beach. 


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!


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