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.


August 14, 2020

2020-21 Graduate College Fellowship Recipients. Congratulations to all College of Science graduate students that received a Graduate College Fellowship!


August 12, 2020

Four FAU Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards. Four FAU researchers have received the coveted National Science Foundation Early Career award: Waseem Asghar, Ph.D., Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D., Feng-Hao Liu, Ph.D. and Marianne E. Porter, Ph.D. 


August 10, 2020

2020 Three Minute Thesis Competition Winners from the College of Science. Watch College of Science winners of the fourth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.


August 7, 2020

Dr. Esiobu Featured on WPTV5. In July, WPTV and scientists from FAU’s biology department led by Dr. Esiobu conducted an experiment that tested the effectiveness of different face coverings.


August 3, 2020

Study Provides Unique Glimpse into Whitespotted Eagle Rays’ Behavior. Dr. Matt Ajemian used uniquely coded transmitters and acoustic telemetry to give them a leading edge to unravel fine-scale movement, behavior, and habitat use of whitespotted eagle rays in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon. 


July 31, 2020

FAU High/Undergrad Students Publish Paper. Two FAU High School/Undergrads, Nicholas Pizzo and Mohamed Abutineh, along with Drs. Xing-Hai Zhang and Lyndon West recently published a paper in Plant Growth Regulation.


July 27,2020

FAU Study First to Show Tiger Sharks’ Travels and Desired Hangouts. Dr. Matt Ajemian and colleagues used satellites in a tracking study of 56 tiger sharks that provides a first look at how their patterns of movement across the Gulf of Mexico vary according to their sex, their life stage and the season. 


July 22, 2020

Biology Postdoc Publishes Paper. Dr. Itzel Sifuentes-Romero, a postdoc currently in Dr. Johanna Kowalko’s lab, has a newly published paper in Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B Molecular and Developmental Evolution, including Drs. Johanna Kowalko and Alex Keene as co-authors.


July 17, 2020

Biology Professor Featured on Shark Week. Dr. Stephen Kajiura will be featured during this year's National Geographic Shark Week. He will appear in the following episodes: Shark vs Surfer: premieres on National Geographic Channel on 7/19 @ 8:00pm eastern; Sharkcano: premieres on National Geographic Channel on 7/21 @ 10:00pm eastern; When Sharks Attack: premieres on National Geographic Channel 8/6 @ 9pm eastern.


July 14, 2020

FAU Sea Turtle Researcher Finds More Human Interruptions During Nesting Season. Beaches were closed right before turtle nesting season; however, Dr. Jeanette Wyneken says there were actually more turtles being interfered with. Wyneken reminds everyone to not approach a turtle while crawling on the beach or in the surf, do not disturb nests, and keep artificial lights off the beach.


July 10, 2020

IB PhD Alumna Featured in Online Magazine. Dr. Chelsea Bennice, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Randy Brooks, explains the scientific reason why baby octopuses ride with jellyfish in the online magazine Inverse.


July 7, 2020

Seeing is Believing: Effectiveness of Facemasks. Recently published research demonstrates a method to assess the effectiveness of facemasks in obstructing droplets.


July 3, 2020

IB Phd Student Featured on Global Wildlife Conservation. Daniel Alempijevic, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Kate Detwiler, was recently featured for his research showing the first videos of the critically endangered Rolaway monkey recorded in the wild.


July 1, 2020

The History of FAU in Two Minutes. The history of FAU dates back to 1942, when the Boca Raton Army Air Field opened in the sleepy coastal resort town of Boca Raton. Watch how the airbase transformed into Florida Atlantic University, the first public university in South Florida.


June 26, 2020

Marine Science Lab Receives $1.125M from Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation. The monies will support a cohort of scientists-in-training, comprised of one post-doctoral fellow, three graduate students and five undergraduate students supervised by Dr. Jeanette Wyneken.


June 22, 2020

Study Sheds Light on Neuroinflammation and Psychological Disorders. A groundbreaking study by FAU neuroscientists published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.


June 18, 2020

IB PhD Alumna Featured on Local News. Dr. Missy Williams was featured on News Channel 7 story "Scientists coming up with new ways to help Dania Beach monkeys."


June 15, 2020

Frontiers in Science Virtual Lecture: Animal Behavior: Bird Songs and Monkey Business. Dr. Rindy Anderson and Dr. Kate Detwiler present their research on the interesting aspects of animal behavior in monkeys and songbirds.


June 12, 2020

FAU MS Graduate Dubbed Conch Girl. Recent MS Marine Science and Oceanography graduate Laura Issac Norton traveled to the Bahamas to help design and operate a queen conch restoration hatchery. In fact, she spent so much time in the water studying the queen conch, the community nicknamed her the "conch girl."


June 8, 2020

Smarts and Symbiosis: How a Bird's Gut Microbiome Influences its Cognitive Performance. Watch FAU 3MT Championship 1st place winner Morgan Slevin, who works for Dr. Rindy Anderson, present his research.

Exposure to Multiple Algal Toxins Among Juvenile Bull Sharks, Carcharhinus leucas, in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon. Watch FAU 3MT Championship Runner-Up Michelle Edwards, who works for Dr. Matt Ajemian, present her research.


June 5, 2020

Frontiers in Science Virtual Lecture: Tuning Fish: Changing Skeletons and Swimming. Dr. Marianne Porter presented her research investigating the contributions of the shark cartilaginous vertebral column, skin, and animal movements that tune the body during swimming.


June 1, 2020

‘With This Ring,’ Scientists Hope to Predict COVID-19. A team of FAU scientists is implementing a three-pronged approach to predict COVID-19 infection in healthcare workers that uses a smart ring worn around-the-clock to continuously provide data in real-time.



Updated August 12, 2020