FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences houses research labs working on a wide spectrum of organisms, from fruit flies and worms to turtles and sharks. Areas of interest include developmental biology, conservation biology, marine biology, physiology, animal behavior and morphology/evolution. Undergraduate and graduate students are studying how organisms communicate, pick their mates, move and migrate. Students are learning how animals and plants interact and evolve. Studies are being conducted on the molecular mechanisms behind why organisms sleep and age and the genetics behind how animals think and behave.
FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences faculty members view integration of disciplines as a defining characteristic to understanding scientific principles. The department offers a Ph.D. Program in Integrative Biology, Masters degrees and Bachelors degrees.
|Name||Area of Emphasis||Anderson, Rindy||Behavioral ecology, communication, cognition, sexual selection||Baldwin, John D.||Population genetics and reproductive biology||Brooks, Randy||Marine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefs||Dawson-Scully, Ken||Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior genetics||Godenschwege, Tanja||Molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discovery||Jia, Kailiang||Molecular regulation of aging||Kajiura, Stephen||Functional morphology and sensory biology of marine fish||Keene, Alex||Neurogenetics and the evolution of behavior||Kumi-Diaka, J. K.||Reproductive pathophysiology and oncology||Milton, Sarah L.||Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiology||Murphey, Rod||Development and degeneration of synapses||Porter, Marianne E.||Biomechanics and functional morphology and physiology||Salmon, Michael||Animal behavior||Wyneken, Jeanette||Integrative biology, comparative and functional morphology||Zhang, Xing-Hai||Plant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology|