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, 2019

Biology Assistant Professor JEB Interview. Dr. Marianne Porter was recently featured in the Journal of Experimental Biology as part of an early-career researcher conversation piece.


March 11, 2019

FAU Jupiter Represented at Sunposium 2019. The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience held the annual Sunposium conference this week, bringing hundreds of the world’s most esteemed neuroscience researchers together.


March 8, 2019

IB PhD Candidate & Advisor Attend ASLO 2019 Conference. Dr. Marguerite Koch, Professor of Biology, and her IB PhD student, Mr. Conall McNicholl, presented at the 2019 Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) in San Juan, Puerto Rico this last week (February 23-March 2, 2019).


March 4, 2019

IB PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Congratulations to Katherine Galloway, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, for getting her research examining the mechanical properties of venomous spines and morphology among lionfish species published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.


March 1, 2019

JLSI Neuroscientist Named Kavli Fellow. The National Academy of Sciences has named Dr. Alex Keene, Associate Professor of Biology and JLSI researcher, a Kavli Fellow and participate in the 30th Annual U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium (KFoS) scheduled from Feb. 28th - March2nd. Keene, who is focused on understanding the neural basis through which sleep and feeding state interact, is only the second FAU faculty member to receive this honor!


February 28, 2019

Annual IB Retreat A Major Success. The Association of Integrative Biology Students and Association of Biological and Biomedical Students hosted the annual recruiting event featuring a poster session, a Faculty 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Distinguished Alumni talk, keynote speech, and reception.


February 26, 2019

They’re Back! Scientists Now Have Intimate Shark 'Diaries'. The annual migration of blacktip sharks is in full force along South Florida’s Atlantic coast as thousands of them head south for warmer weather. For almost a decade, Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., an internationally renowned shark researcher and Professor of Biology, has been tracking the migration patterns of these top predators by air and by sea. Now, the latest addition to his arsenal of tools is providing personal and intimate details about them.


February 22, 2019

FAU Jupiter Campus to Host BioFlorida. Attend to learn about Scripps Florida's significant impact on the industry and their vision of the future; hear about FAU Tech Runway's exciting expansion into Jupiter and connect with key stakeholders in Jupiter’s vibrant life sciences cluster.


February 18, 2019

JLSI Post-Doc Selected to Speak at Sunposium 2019. Bethany Stahl, Ph.D., who works in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Keene, has been selected to speak at the fourth biennial conference highlighting some of the most complex issues at the forefront of understanding neural circuits. The conference also features world-renowned scientists from the Max Planck Society and research institutes and universities throughout the United States and Europe.


February 15, 2019

Biology MS alumna will receive an Outstanding Young Owl Award. Shelby Creager, who received her Master's degree under the direction of Dr. Marianne Porter, will receive an award honoring exceptional young FAU alumni at the annual OYO award ceremony on March 15, 2019.


February 11, 2019

FAU Biology Well-Represented at Sea Turtle Symposium. FAU Biology faculty members Drs. Jeanette Wyneken, Michael Salmon, and Sarah Milton along with their graduate and undergraduate students represented FAU and swept the awards competitions at the 2019 International Sea Turtle Symposium.


February 4, 2019

FAU Max Planck Academy Featured in Hechinger Report. The FAU Max Planck Academy will give high school students extensive research experience as they pursue diploma and associate degree. The Max Planck Academy is set to enroll between 35 and 50 high school juniors in 2020.


February 1, 2019

FAU Scientist Invited Talk at Journal of Experimental Biology Symposium 2019. Dr. Johanna Kowalko was recently invited as a guest speaker at the Genome Editing for Comparative Physiology Symposium where she will discuss her research investigating "The genetic basis of behavioral variation in natural populations."


January 28, 2019

FAU Scientist Searches For New Antibiotics. Dr. Diane Baronas-Lowell was featured in a Charles E. Schmidt College of Science video discussing the Tiny Earth project, where she works alongside her students seeking new antibiotics to kill superbugs.


January 25, 2019

IB PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Chelsea Bennice, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Randy Brooks, recently published an article in the scientific journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.


January 23, 2019

Biology MS Students Featured in FAU Social Video. Rachel Shanker, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Randy Brooks, and Andie Hernandez, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, are two of FPL's fifteen Manatee Masters. FPL opened Manatee Lagoon in 2016 for the public to watch the sea cows in action and they hire FAU students to become their manatee experts!


January 21, 2019

IB PhD Candidate Featured in Biology Open. Congratulations to Sarah Hoffmann, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, for her recent publication in the scientific journal Biology Open and interview in First Person, where early-career researchers promote themselves alongside their papers!


January 16, 2019

IB PhD Student Gets Cover of Cell Reports. Kerriann Badal, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Sathya Puthanveettil at Scripps Florida, recently published in the top-tier scientific journal Cell Reports and artwork related to their research report was chosen for the cover image!


January 15, 2019

IBNS PhD Candidate Publishes in Neuron. Kuo-Sheng Lee, who works in the laboratory of Dr. David Fitzpatrick of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and faculty member of the Integrative Biology-Neuroscience program, recently published a paper in the scientific journal Neuron.


January 11, 2019

Biology Faculty Member Presents Research in Israel. Dr. Alex Keene, Associate Professor of Biology, presented collaborative research on the evolution of behavioral and developmental processes in Mexican cavefish at the 27th Annual Israel Society for Neuroscience held at the Hilton Queen of Sheba, Eilat. 


January 8, 2019

Dual-Enrolled Undergrad Researcher Named Scholar. Congratulations to Hannah Herbst, a FAU High School dual-enrolled student who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, for being named one of the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Scholars, the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition, for her project entitled "Biomimetic Antibacterial Engineered Surface Topography Development to Reduce the Spread of Pathogens in Medical Facilities."


January 3, 2019

Who's Tougher? Baby Sharks or Daddy Sharks? Congratulations to Danielle Ingle, IB PhD candidate, and her advisor, Dr. Marianne Porter, for having their recently published work featured in the FAU News Desk!


December 17, 2018

Biology Professor & Undergrad Internship Featured on FAU Social. Danielle Bartz and Dr. Stephen Kajiura were recently featured on a FAU social media video about her internship in his laboratory studying blacktip shark migration.


December 12, 2018

IB PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Congratulations to Danielle Ingle, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, for getting her research examining the mechanics of shark cartilage published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.


December 7, 2018

FAU Launches MaryLynn Magar Fellowship at MPFI. An FAU Magar Fellow is a data science student from FAU High that is pursuing research at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI). The fellowship will include $3,000 to support the student’s research efforts.


December 3, 2018

FAU and Max Planck Launch First-Of-Its-Kind Academy. The Florida Atlantic University Max Planck Academy on the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter is the latest partnership that will be organized as a standalone extension of FAU High School and will open in Fall 2020.


Updated Monday, February 4, 2019