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Senior biology major Meaghan Arnold receives an award at the 2023 Southeast Regional IDeA Conference

Undergraduate students Rachel Maile and Matthew Duggan published a new study in Ecology and Evolution

Discover how they used AI to analyze images taken by camera traps deployed in Chernobyl

Dr. Kristen Hogan receives the 2023 Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation

The Fu lab published a new Spotlight commentary in Molecular Plant

Learn more about the fight against plant parasitic nematodes

The Wessinger lab published a new study in Integrative & Comparative Biology

Learn more about petal color and pigments in Penstemon flowers

The Armstrong lab published a book chapter in Germline Stem Cells

Learn more about the manipulations that can be done in Drosophila to investigate how germline stem cells are controlled.

Dr. Shannon Davis receives a grant from the NIH

Funding will support research on the development of the pituitary gland.

Sarah Stone and Dr. Josh Stone published a new study in Ecology and Evolution

Discover the Chaetognaths, one of the most abundant phyla of zooplankton

The Xu lab published a new study in PNAS

Discover the genetic programs that control floral induction

Matt Bruner receives the Jefferey Barnsdale Memorial Graduate Teaching Award 2023

The award recognizes biology graduate students for their excellence and superior performance as a teaching assistant.

Dr. Andy Schumpert receives an Innovative Pedagogy Grant from the Center for Teaching Excellence

Innovative Pedagogy Grants support the revision or development of courses through pedagogically sound and innovative strategies.

Tricia Simon receives a graduate student award at Discover USC

Learn more about Tricia's work on drug-induced dystonia

Dr. Jay Pinckney and his colleagues receive a grant from the NSF

Funding will support research on the benthic microalgal subsidy in estuarine ecosystems

Congratulations to our 2023 Magellan Scholars!

The Magellan Scholar Program was created to enrich the academic experience of our undergraduates through research

Open House at the A.C. Moore Herbarium

Have you seen signs for the A.C. Moore Herbarium on the second floor of Coker Life Sciences and wondered, what is an herbarium?

New Faculty Bring New Expertise to the Department

We are always excited to have new faculty join the department, as new faculty bring new expertise and ideas that enrich our biological research and teaching. Drs. Melissa Ellerman, Tad Dallas, and Eric LoPresti had the challenge of joining the department during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have launched exciting research projects despite the pandemic related difficulties.

Greetings from the Chair

Happy spring from all of us in Biological Sciences! We are approaching the end of the semester -- the time when undergraduates start to receive news about summer jobs or internships, graduate students schedule defenses in time for August graduation, and faculty are wrapping up their courses for the academic year. In the department, spring also is a time of faculty hiring.

The Waldman lab published a new study in DNA repair

Discover how Progerin contributes to normal and accelerated aging

Dr. Andy Schumpert and his colleagues awarded an Integrative and Experiential Learning Community of Practice Grant

Funds will support the creation of a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience

Kristen Fisher, Anne Marie Ventrone and Heather Bruck recognized by the NSF

Dr. Ward Watt contributed to a new study published in Science Advances

Learn more about alternative life history strategies

Dr. Kristy Welshhans awarded an R01 from the NIH

Funding will support research on the role of local protein synthesis in the formation of neuronal connectivity.

Laurent Duverglas awarded a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship

Funding will support research on the effects of tri-trophic interactions on the population dynamics of herbivores.

Dr. Josh Stone awarded a grant from the NSF

Funding will support research on the role of Rhizaria in the oligotrophic ocean

New publication by Gabriella Spatola and Dr. Tim Mousseau featured in Nature and the New York Times

Discover what Chernobyl's stray dogs could teach us about radiation

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