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.


April 7, 2021

Biology Undergraduate Honors Research Thesis Defense Talks. Come support biology undergraduates doing research by attending the virtual Honors Research Thesis Defense on April 12th!


April 2, 2021

These Baby Great White Sharks Love to Hang Out Near New York. FAU Harbor Branch scientists and collaborators provide the first-ever glimpse into 3D movements of young great white sharks in the New York Bight using cutting-edge satellite technology.


March 30, 2021

FAU Neuroscientists Publish Paper. Drs. Alex Keene and Johanna Kowalko, along with Drs. Bethany Stanhope and Itzel Sifuentes-Romero and collaborators, recently published a paper in the scientific journal Nature Communications.


March 26, 2021

IB Alum Publishes Paper. Dr. Justin Perrault, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, recently published a paper co-authored with current IBMO PhD student Cody Mott and current master's student Sarah Hirsch, along with Dr. Annie Page-Karjian at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.


March 22, 2021

Wonder Women of STEM. The STEM Training Hub and Campus Life at FAU Jupiter jointly celebrate women that pioneered with immense success in STEM fields! This mixed in-person and virtual symposium will hear the first-hand research and career experiences from women that continue to succeed in academic and scientific industries. Join us on March 23rd at 5:30pm!


March 18, 2021

IB Alum Publishes Paper. Dr. Joe Niederhauser, who worked under the direction of Dr. Rindy Anderson, along with current IBNS PhD candidate Morgan Slevin recently published a paper in the scientific journal Behaviour.


March 15, 2021

Spring 2021 Biology Scholarship Recipients. Congratulations to all graduate students that received a Biology Department Scholarship this spring! Many thanks to the generous contributions of all Biology Department Scholarship donors!


March 11, 2021

IB PhD Alum New President of the FAU Postdoctoral Association. Dr. David Bradshaw, postdoc at the FAU HBOI campus, was featured in the Postdoc Spotlight: Striving for Balance article in the FAU Research Daily.


March 8, 2021

IB Alumna Helps Release "Cold-Stunned" Sea Turtles. Dr. Danielle Ingle worked with a team to recover 60 "cold-stunned" sea turtles.Turtles underwent "swim tests" to evaluate if they were ready to be returned to the wild.


March 5, 2021

FAU Alumna Co-founds Organization to Promote Diversity and Break Barriers. Emerging shark scientist and FAU alumna Carlee Jackson is on a mission to create opportunities for minority girls to get into marine science. Check out her #FAUAlumni success story.


March 1, 2021

Biology MS Student Publishes Paper. Breanna DeGroot, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Matt Ajemian, recently published a paper in collaboration with the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, the University of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and are the first to conduct a multiyear study examining large-scale movements of whitespotted eagle rays in United States waters.


February 26, 2021

New BS in Medical Biology Program. The Department of Biological Sciences' new B.S. in Medical Biology prepares students for competitive professional training programs in the health sciences with a streamlined, pre-professional degree program.


February 23, 2021

FAU Brain Institute Announces 'Brainy Days 2021' schedule. Beginning Friday, March 2nd through Saturday, March 23rd, the month-long virtual celebration of neuroscience strives to engage, empower and educate the public about brain diseases and ultimately reduce the stigma associated with brain disorders.


February 19, 2021

IBNS PhD Alum Publishes Paper. Dr. Alberto Padilla, who worked in the laboratories of Drs. James Hartmann and Frank Mari, recently published a paper with collaborators that  finds anti-adhesion drugs derived from cone snail venom may hold the key to treating malaria, COVID-19, AIDS and other diseases using blockage therapies.


February 15, 2021

‘Generation Ocean: Sharks’ 360 Film Features FAU Shark Scientist. The second of the “Generation Ocean” series, this short film follows Dr. Stephen Kajiura and his research team from the FAU Elasmobranch Lab as they study the well-known blacktip shark migration.


February 11, 2021

Crunch! ‘Shell-crushing’ Sounds Revealed in a Large Marine Predator. Dr. Matt Ajemian and collaborators are the first to quantify "shell-crushing" consumption noises in a large marine predator using the whitespotted eagle ray.


February 8, 2021

Time-lapse Video of bottlenose dolphin skeleton. Check out this video that features IB PhD alumna Dr. Danielle Ingle, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, putting together the bottlenose dolphin skeleton that is on display in the physical science building's atrium.


February 5, 2021

IB PhD Alumna Publishes Paper. Dr. Kate Galloway, who graduated in summer 2020, recently published a paper with her PhD advisor Dr. Marianne Porter that examines predator–prey puncture mechanics using lionfish as a model.


February 1, 2021

FAU Neuroscience Building Construction: Taking Life Science to New Heights. Construction of the new 58,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Neuroscience Research Building on FAU’s Jupiter campus is underway.



Updated April 2, 2021