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 FAU Jupiter campus webpage, and the Owl Research & Innovation Magazine.


May 16, 2022

FAU Marine Science Trailblazer Receives Lifetime Achievement Award. FAU Harbor Branch's Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., an ocean explorer, aquanaut and marine biotechnologist, will receive the Society for In Vitro Biology's highest award - the 2022 "Lifetime Achievement Award."


May 13, 2022

FAU Scientists and Students Featured in Local News Story. Dr. Joshua Voss and his students were featured in a WPBF news story about their research using human medicine to heal coral reefs.


May 10, 2022

Research Excursion to Big Cypress National Park. River Vanderveer, an undergraduate researcher studying Environmental Science, recently visited remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve by helicopter to survey vegetation, bird nesting sites, and sample fish populations in the wetlands.


May 6, 2022

Faculty Member Receives Prestigiuos NSF Career Award. Dr. Matt Ajemian has received the coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER award through the Biological Oceanography Program.


May 2, 2022

Undergraduate Honors Research Pathway Thesis Defense A Success. The Honors Research Thesis Pathway program had very successful defense talks. Listen to the recordings here. Congratulations to all the undergraduate student researchers that participated!


April 25, 2022

First U.S.-based International Max Planck Research School Established with FAU. FAU recently formalized an agreement with Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) to partner in launching its first U.S.-based International Max Planck Research School for Synapses and Circuits (IMPRS-SC). The first class of students will begin in fall 2022.


April 19, 2022

2021-2022 Biology Scholarships. Congratulations to all graduate students that received a Biology Department Scholarship this year! Many thanks to the generous contributions of all Biology Department Scholarship donors!


April 15, 2022

IB PhD Students Win Award at International Sea Turtle Symposium. Samantha Trail and Emily Turla, who both work in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, were recently named Archie Carr Student Awardees at the 2022 International Sea Turtle Symposium. This award is given for excellence in graduate student research!


April 12, 2022

IB PhD Student Featured on Local News Channel 7. Emily Turla, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, along with undergraduate researcher Sean Williamson, a Glenn W. and Cornelia T. Bailey Marine SEA Scholar, were featured in a special segment called “Where’d that little turtle go?” about their work in Cayman tagging green turtles with trackers to learn more about their movements.


April 8, 2022

IB PhD Student Publishes Paper. Cassandra Ruddy, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, recently published a paper in the Journal of Fish Biology, along with John Loyer, an undergraduate researcher that participated in the Miami Dade College- FAU summer research program.


April 5, 2022

IBNS Alumna Publishes Paper. Dr. Herborg Asgeirsdottir, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Stackman, recently co-authored a paper published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports.


April 1, 2022

Undergrad Researcher Named 2022 Goldwater Scholar. Samantha Zaninelli, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Erik Duboué, was named a 2002 Goldwater Scholar. She was selected from a pool of 1,242 students from 433 institutions across the country. This is the first time in FAU history a student has been named a Goldwater Scholar.



Updated May 16, 2022