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.


November 19,2018

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill’s Dramatic Effect on Stingrays. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, Professor of Biology, is one of the first to quantify the physiological effects of whole crude oil on the olfactory function of the Atlantic stingray, Hypanus sabinus, in a recent publication in Scientific Reports.


November 14, 2018

IBNS PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Kazuma Murakami, PhD Candidate who works in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Keene, recently published a paper in Current Biology that identifies a new mechanism regulating sleep that involves glia.


November 9, 2018

New Undergraduate Scholarships funded by the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation. The Biological Sciences Department and College of Science has received a donation to fund new scholarships for undergraduate seniors conducting research in marine biology!


November 7, 2018

Mentoring Program Awards Announced. The Division of Research announced the faculty awarded pilot funding as part of the junior faculty mentoring program. Congratulations to Drs. Alex Keene and Sarah Milton!


November 2, 2018

IBNS PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Maria Yurgel, PhD Candidate who works in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Keene, recently published a paper in G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics that identifies a gene that promotes sleep.


October 31, 2018

FAU Awarded NSF I-Corps Grant. Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully, Associate Professor of Biology, along with co-PIs Dr. Dimitris Pados (College of Engineering) and Rhys Williams (Tech Runway) received a three-year NSF I-Corps grant to create an NSF I-Corps Site at FAU as a component of FAU Tech Runway®.


October 25, 2018

Integrative Biology Students in 2018 3MT Championship. Congratulations to the many Integrative Biology PhD students and their advisors for making it into the Championship Round of the FAU 2018 3MT Competition that will be held on Friday, November 2nd!


October 19, 2018

Dr. Evelyn Frazier Keynote Speaker at Florida Statewide Symposium. Congratulations to Dr. Evelyn Frazier, Senior Instructor of Biology, for being selected as the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research. 


October 15, 2018

IB PhD Candidates Relaunch The Nonprofit Sirenian International. Congratulations to Beth Brady and Danielle Ingle, who work in the labs of Dr. Edmund Gerstein and Marianne Porter respectively, to promote the conservation of manatee and dugong species around the world through research, education and inter-cultural collaboration.


October 12, 2018

IB PhD Candidate Gives Talk at the South Florida Wildlife Center. Missy Williams, IB PhD candidate who works in the laboratory of Dr. Kate Detwiler, spoke about The Dania Beach Vervet Project that she started in January of 2014 to promote public education, conservation, and awareness about the local free-living vervet monkey population.


October 10, 2018

Max Planck, FAU set new annual records for NIH funding in 2018. FAU landed grants totaling $7.3 million in 2018, a 36 percent jump from its 2017 haul of $5.4 million. Max Planck Florida of Jupiter brought in $5.3 million in 2018, up 16 percent from its 2017 total of $4.5 million.


October 8, 2018

Biology Master's Student Receives Guy Harvey Scholarship. Breanna Degroot, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Ajemian at HBOI, was named one of seven graduate students in Florida to receive Guy Harvey scholarship awards, recognizing their outstanding achievement in marine fisheries science research.


October 5, 2018

Shark Researcher Receives Leon H. Charney Foundation Gift. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, Professor of Biology and director of the Elasmobranch Research Laboratory at FAU, has received a $117,501 gift from the Leon H. Charney Foundation, Inc. for a joint program with the University of Haifa in Israel.


October 1, 2018

IB PhD Student and Alumna Publish Paper. Congratulations to Tyrone Penserga, IB PhD candidate, and Dr. Priyanka Kakad, IB alumna, who both work in the laboratory of Dr. Tanja Godenschwege, Professor of Biology and JLSI faculty member, for getting their paper accepted to the Journal of Biological Chemistry!


September 28, 2018

IBBS PhD Student Named Among Top Posters Presented at the Inaugural Research Showcase. Congratulations to Joshua Disatham (IBBS student) and his advisor Dr. Marc Kantorow, Professor of Biomedical Science, for being named among the top posters out of the 50 that presented!


September 25, 2018

FAU Among Most Ethnically Diverse Universities. For the second year in a row, U.S. News and World Report has included Florida Atlantic University on the list of the most ethnically diverse universities in the United States.


September 20, 2018

Sea Turtle Research at Gumbo Limbo. This video features the FAU Lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center where Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, Professor of Biology, is doing a variety of sea turtle research such as the gender-ratio of hatchlings, swimming mechanics, and anatomy.


September 15, 2018

Review Article Receives Record Views. Congratulations to Karim Dawkins, IB PhD student, and his PhD supervisor Dr. Nwadiuto Esiobu, Professor of Biology, for achieving a milestone 5,000 views on their Frontiers in Plant Science publication!


September 10, 2018

IB PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Congratulations to Boris Tezak, PhD candidate who works in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanette Wyneken- Professor of Biology, for publishing an article in Journal of Experimental Biology!


September 5, 2018

Biology Faculty Featured in National Magazine. Dr. Sarah Milton, Associate Professor of Biology and Integrative Biology Program Associate Director, is featured in a one-page spread in the September 2018 National Geographic Kids magazine for her sea turtle research.


September 1, 2018

2018-19 Biology Graduate Fellowship Recipients. Congratulations to this year's Graduate College Fellowship awardees!


August 27, 2018

IB PhD Candidate Wins Scholarship and Presents Abroad. Katherine Galloway, who works under the direction of Dr. Marianne Porter, recently received the 2018 Marine Technology Society Student Scholarship for Graduate Students and traveled to Italy to present her research at the 2018 Society of Experimental Biology Conference.


August 23, 2018

New IBNS Student Publishes Paper. Morgan Slevin, who works with Dr. Rindy Anderson, has recently published a paper in Avian Conservation & Ecology.


August 20, 2018

JLSI Names New Associate Director. Dr. Laura Vernon, Associate Professor of Psychology at the Honors College, has recently been appointed to the role of Associate Director of the Jupiter Life Science Initiative.


August 16, 2018

Hot Temperature Impacts Turtles. Not a single male turtle has been found in seven of the last ten years Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, Professor of Biology, has studied them. Warmer temperatures may be to blame, she recently told CBS This Morning.


August 13, 2018

IBNS Student Publishes Paper. Congratulations to Ke Zhang, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Jason Christie at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, who recently published a co-authored paper in the scientific journal Neuron.


August 8, 2018

FAU Professors Debunk Myths. Check out the latest video of FAU faculty debunking common myths!


August 6, 2018

IB PhD Alumnus Receives 2018 BioOne Ambassador Award. Congratulations to Dr. Larry Wood, IB alum who worked with Dr. Sarah Milton, for receiving this award that honors early career researchers!


August 3, 2018

Scientist Joins JLSI Research Space and the FAU Brain Institute/College of Medicine. Dr. Henriette van Praag, an Associate Professor of Biomedical Science and Biology graduate programs faculty, will strengthen FAU's faculty expertise in neuroscience and aging.


August 1, 2018

Small Non-coding RNA Expression and Vertebrate Anoxia Tolerance . Dr. Sarah Milton, IB Program Associate Director and Associate Professor of Biology, recently published an article in the scientific journal Frontiers in Genetics.


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