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  • Amy Gladfelter Elected into the American Academy of Microbiology!

    Congratulations to Dr. Amy Gladfelter for being one of 65 to be elected into the American Academy of Microbiology! From the website, “Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group and a think tank within the ASM, … Continued

  • Professor Emeritus Peter White book wins a 2023 Dartmouth Medal!

    Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Peter White, whose new book The World Atlas of Trees and Forests: Exploring Earth’s Forest Ecosystems wins the 2023 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work via the American Library Association! Read the full announcement here.

  • Sophie McCoy awarded NSF CAREER Grant!

    Congratulations to Sophie McCoy for receiving an NSF CAREER Grant! From the Chair: “Professional success of our junior faculty is a key way that our department stays vibrant. So I’m excited to share that Sophie McCoy has just been officially … Continued

  • Seth Alexander wins Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching!

    Congratulations to Seth Alexander for winning the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants! From the announcement: Seth teaches courses in biology, teaching many pre-med students. He took a gap year to get a Master’s in … Continued

  • Savannah Ryburn awarded Galapagos Seed Grant!

    Congratulations to Savannah Ryburn for being awarded funding for her proposal “Movement patterns and habitat use of juvenile scalloped hammerhead sharks!” From the award letter: “On behalf of Amanda Thompson and Diego Riveros-Iregui, I’m happy to report that you have … Continued

  • Printmaking and Biology Art Show!

    Be sure to check out Printmaking and Biology’s one-day art show in the bottom floor lobby of the Genome Science Building on January 13th from 4 to 6 pm! More info is below: Artist/Scientist: Printmaking and Biology A one-day show … Continued

  • Senay Yitbarek Awarded First Competitive Grant!

    Congratulations to Senay Yitbarek for being awarded his first competitive grant! This seed grant is from the Center for Galapagos Studies and is entitled “The interplay between global change and host-pathogen dynamics.” Congratulations, Senay!

  • Rob Dowen granted Junior Faculty Development Award!

    Congratulations to Dr. Rob Dowen, who has been granted a Junior Faculty Development Award by the office of Provost J. Christopher Clemens!

  • Isabel Silva-Romero featured by UNC Endeavors!

    Congratulations to Isabel Silva-Romero, whose research has been featured on UNC Endeavor’s website! Isabel, a member of John Bruno’s lab, “studies how ocean temperatures affect the food web on rocky reefs around the Galápagos Islands.” Be sure to check out … Continued

  • Rachel DuMez featured in Grad School Magazine!

    Congratulations to Rachel DuMez, a doctoral candidate in Assistant Professor Rob Dowen’s lab, for being featured in the Graduate School Magazine! DuMez participated in the Three Minute Thesis competition, in which she highlighted her investigation of the true health benefits … Continued

  • Copenhaver Lab published in PNAS!

    The Copenhaver lab has published a collaborative paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences entitled “DNA polymerase epsilon binds histone H3.1-H4 and recruits MORC1 to mediate meiotic heterochromatin condensation” which enhances our understanding of how protein factors … Continued

  • Kacy Gordon featured by UNC Research!

    Congratulations to Kacy Gordon for being featured by UNC Research and for being awarded a nearly $2 million National Institutes of General Medical Sciences grant! The article states, “By investigating the behavior of stem cells in a microscopic worm, Kacy … Continued

  • Undergraduate Amber Amparo wins Poster Award!

    UNC Senior Carolina Scholar Amber Amparo won a Best Poster in Cancer Biology award at the National Diversity in STEM SACNAS Conference for her poster, “Defining the Role of Mitochondrial Dynamics in Regulating PDAC Cell Sensitivity to KRAS and ERK … Continued

  • Amy Gladfelter featured in Nature!

    Congratulations to Amy Gladfelter for being quoted in an article in Nature. The article, “The shape-shifting blobs that shook up cell biology,” goes into how researchers are investigating the droplets found inside cells. Be sure to read the article here!

  • John Bruno featured in NC Health News!

    John Bruno has been featured in the NC Health News article, “Socially sustainable seafood requires diligence, scrutiny,” which focuses on mislabeling in the seafood industry. The article goes into detail about Bruno’s undergraduate course designed to investigate mislabeling in the … Continued

  • Joel Kingsolver’s Lab featured in Photo Essay!

    Joel Kingsolver’s lab has been featured in a photo essay on UNC’s Endeavors! The essay displays macro-photographic images of the lab’s research and highlights their outreach efforts. Be sure to check it out here.

  • Congrats to the Fall 2022 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees!

    Congratulations to the following Phi Beta Kappa inductees for the Fall of 2022: Blair Thomas Blakeney Christopher Nash Bowman Meredith Leigh Bowman Bryn Copenhaver Eduardo de la Parra Polina Sharidan Lee Farris Aakanksha Gundu Mansi Gupta Benjamin Andrew Hamer Meagan … Continued

  • John Bruno featured during PLOS Open Access Week’s theme “Open For Climate Justice”

    Listen as PLOS Climate Editor-in-Chief Emma Archer and Executive Editor Jamie Males discuss climate change research publishing with author John Bruno, marine ecologist and Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in … Continued

  • Jill Dowen

    Jill Dowen Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

    Congratulations to Jill Dowen, Associate Professor in the Biochemistry & Biophysics Department and the Biology Department, who received tenure as a UNC faculty effective January 1, 2023. Dr. Dowen received her BS from the University of Iowa, her PhD from … Continued

  • Copenhaver Lab published in PNAS!

    The Copenhaver lab has published a collaborative paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences entitled “DNA polymerase epsilon interacts with SUVH2/9 to repress the expression of genes associated with meiotic DSB hotspot in Arabidopsis” which shows that … Continued

  • Undergrad Emma Rudy Srebnik featured on CGS’s website!

    Congratulations to Emma Rudy Srebnik for being featured on the Center for Galapagos Studies’ website for her impressive undergraduate career. To read more about her academic journey and travels from Japan to the Galapagos, check out the article here.

  • Dr. Nat Prunet wins Nikon imaging award!

    Congratulations to Dr. Nat Prunet for winning 8th place in the 2022 Photomicrography Competition at Nikon! Be sure to check out the image, “Growing tip of a red algae,” here.

  • Undergrad Madison Milotte featured on UNC’s website!

    Congratulations to UNC Biology undergraduate student Madison Milotte for being featured on UNC’s website. The article, “UNC junior studies how climate change might disrupt butterfly life cycles,” highlights Milotte’s use of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to complete their … Continued

  • Rebecca Van Hoeck awarded NOAA Fellowship!

    Rebecca Van Hoeck, a Biology graduate student in Joel Fodrie’s lab, has been awarded the NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. This fellowship supports graduate students with interests in ocean, coastal and Great Lake resources and in the national … Continued

  • Professor Emeritus Peter White Publishes New Book!

    Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Peter White whose new book is just out: The World Atlas of Trees and Forests: Exploring Earth’s Forest Ecosystems by Herman Shugart, Peter White, Sassan Saatchi, Jérôme Chave. It’s a textbook that’s also a work of … Continued

  • Hooker Distinguished Professor Mark Peifer Published in PNAS!

    Congratulations to UNC Biology’s own Hooker Distinguished Professor Mark Peifer for being published in PNAS! The article, entitled “To condense or not to condense: Wnt regulation by centrosome-nucleated biomolecular condensates” can be found here. Congratulations, Professor Peifer!

  • Keith Sockman’s Lab Featured in Endeavors!

    “In the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado, four UNC-Chapel Hill students wake at 5 a.m. to melodic phone alarms and amble out of their dew-soaked tents. They sleepily shimmy into rainproof jackets, pants, and knee-high rubber boots. They heat … Continued

  • Eric Hastie Featured in The Chronicle!

    Eric was featured in the latest Teaching Newsletter, a weekly digital newsletter sent out by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Eric shares is creative take on open office hours! READ MORE!

  • Wei Shi receives PARE Award!

    Congratulations to Wei Shi for receiving a 2022 PARE Award! According to the article, “Each year, the Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence (PARE) are given in recognition of the research promise demonstrated by individual postdoctoral scholars. Meet this year’s recipients … Continued

  • Madelina Marquez featured by Grad School Magazine!

    Congratulations to new UNC Biology graduate student Madelina Marquez for being featured in a Grad School Magazine article about incoming Royster Fellows! Read the full article here.

  • Aziz Sancar featured on UNC Health’s website!

    Congratulations to UNC Biology’s adjunct faculty member Dr. Aziz Sancar for an important anti-cancer discovery featured on the UNC Health website. From the website: “Experiments from the UNC School of Medicine lab of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, … Continued

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Applicant Workshop!

    The Graduate School and the UNC-CH Materials Research Society are partnering with faculty members, Dr. Sophie McCoy, Biology, and Dr. Ashalla Freeman, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, to offer a four-part workshop series for students interested in applying for the … Continued

  • Kelly Hogan’s new book featured in Endeavors!

    Be sure to check out this Endeavors article which features Kelly Hogan’s and Viji Sathy’s new book, Inclusive Teaching! Find the article here.

  • Allen Hurlbert featured on UNC’s The Well!

    Dr. Allen Hurlbert has been featured in an article on The Well titled “How to help endangered monarch butterflies.” From the article: “Allen Hurlbert, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ biology department, researches the impact of climate change … Continued

  • Senay Yitbarek featured by the Well!

    Be sure to check out the Well’s profile on Senay Yitbarek in their article “Fresh faces: Meet a few of the College’s new faculty.” Read it here.

  • The Chancellor and Provost tour GSC with John Bruno

    John Bruno gave a tour of the Galapagos Science Center to a contingent of Carolina VIPs (including the Chancellor and Provost) as part of the unique field station’s 10 year anniversary last month. John was instrumental in designing and implementing … Continued

  • Bruno Lab featured on UNC website!

    Be sure to check out the post about John Bruno’s lab and their research done all around the world on UNC’s website! Learn more about their research here.

  • Amy Gladfelter part of new RNA Discovery Center!

    “The UNC RNA Discovery Center, funded through the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will cultivate an inclusive community of scientists dedicated to investigating all aspects of RNA biology, some of which has already been implicated in human diseases and much … Continued

  • Kelly Hogan to lead ELEVATE workshop!

    Congratulations to Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy for being special guests at the ELEVATE conference, hosted at Washington State University. The ELEVATE conference, meant to “engage learners, enhance voices, and advance teaching excellence,” will feature a special lunchtime workshop led … Continued

  • UNC Biology celebrates Galapagos Science Center’s 10th anniversary!

    Happy 10th anniversary to the Galapagos Science Center! To celebrate this achievement, Todd Vision, Corbin Jones, and John Bruno all gave talks at the anniversary symposium last month. Some graduate students in John Bruno’s lab also presented posters. Be sure … Continued

  • Eric Hastie and Laura Ott receive an URPA!

    Congratulations to Eric Hastie and Laura Ott for being chosen as a recipient of the FY2023 Undergraduate Research Program Award, funded by the UNC System Undergraduate Research Program. Hastie and Ott were chosen for this award based on their proposal, … Continued

  • Dr. Laura Ott’s Mentee Presents at ASMCUE!

    Dr. Laura Ott’s UNC Biology undergraduate mentee, Parker Shoaf presented his disciplinary-based education research (DBER) project at the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) recently, along with Katie French (NCSU undergraduate). Parker and Katie are mentored by … Continued

  • Interim VCR Penny Gordon-Larsen Visits Galapagos Science Center

    “Our delegation toured the 20,000-square-foot GSC facility, which houses four state-of-the-art laboratories, each with a dedicated research focus: terrestrial ecology, marine ecology and oceanography, data science and visualization, and microbiology. We heard from Corbin Jones about the GSC biobank, which … Continued

  • Sophie McCoy and Ethan Cissell featured on UNC’s website!

    UNC Biology’s assistant professor Sophie McCoy and Ph.D. candidate Ethan Cissell have been featured on the University’s website for their research published in Ecological Applications. From the article: “UNC-Chapel Hill biologists examine the links between microbial mats and a type … Continued

  • Kelly Hogan has a new book out!

    Congratulations to Kelly Hogan and her colleague Viji Sathy for their new book Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom. From the publisher’s website: “In a book written by and for college teachers, Kelly Hogan and Viji … Continued

  • Karin Pfennig Featured in The Atlantic

    Why These Frogs Make ‘the Grossest Blunder in Sexual Preference’ Interspecies mating has long been thought of as a mistake. But in the desert, it may sometimes be the best way to breed. By Katherine J. Wu

  • David Pfennig quoted in The Guardian!

    Congratulations to David Pfennig for his featured quotes in “Do we need a new theory of evolution?,” an article featured in The Guardian! From the article, “A new wave of scientists argues that mainstream evolutionary theory needs an urgent overhaul. … Continued

  • Dr. Copenhaver featured in Innovate Carolina article!

    After being named the Director of the Institute for Convergent Science just a few weeks ago, Dr. Gregory Copenhaver has been featured in an article for Innovate Carolina! In the article, Dr. Copenhaver explains how the ICS is “bringing multidisciplinary … Continued

  • Check out Dr. Bloom’s recent publications!

    Congratulations to Dr. Bloom for his recent articles, both accepted and published. Dr. Bloom has two papers accepted for 2022, including “DNA damage reduces heterogeneity and coherence of chromatin motions” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and … Continued

  • Ken Lohmann featured on CBC Podcast!

    UNC Biology’s Ken Lohmann was featured on an episode of Tai Asks Why, a CBC Podcast. In the episode, entitled “How do animals know where they are going,” Lohmann discusses how marine life navigate! Check out the podcast here.

  • Greg Copenhaver named Director of the Institute for Convergent Science!

    Congratulations to Greg Copenhaver for being named both the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Convergent Science and the new director of the Institute for Convergent Science! According to this article, “As director of the Institute for Convergent Science, Copenhaver will bring … Continued

  • Logan Brackett earns College’s 2021-2022 Award in Management!

    Congratulations to Logan Brackett for winning the UNC College of Arts and Sciences 2021 Award in Management! From Interim Chair Steve Matson, “Once again, Logan Brackett has been recognized by his colleagues for his work in our department. Logan was … Continued

  • Congrats 2022 Ph.D. Graduates!

    A big congratulations to all our May 2022 Biology PhD graduates! This is a huge accomplishment and the department would like to extend our appreciation for all your hard work over the years. We wish you the best of luck … Continued

  • Frank Conlon’s Lab makes Heart Disease Discovery!

    Congratulations to Dr. Frank Conlon’s lab for making an important discovery implicating non-cardiac genes in congenital heart disease. From the article: “The UNC-Chapel Hill lab of Frank Conlon, PhD, and colleagues conducted experiments to show how a non-cardiac protein subunit … Continued

  • Amy Shaub Maddox named Whitman Center Fellow!

    Congratulations to Dr. Amy Shaub Maddox for being named a Whitman Center Fellow. According to their website, “A diverse group of 29 scientists from universities and research institutes around the world have been named 2022 Whitman Center Fellows by the … Continued

  • Undergrad Graduation

    Biology Undergraduates earn Honors and Highest Honors

    Due to their mentors, working groups, evaluators, and most of all, their hard work and dedication, the following graduating senior Biology majors have earned the designations of Highest Honors and Honors: Highest Honors Ralph Alberto Colleen Bereda Megan Butler Meredith … Continued

  • Copenhavor Lab Published in Methods in Molecular Biology!

    Jiyue (Jeff) Huang, a postdoc in the Copenhaver lab has published a paper in Methods in Molecular Biology: Plant Gametogenesis entitled “Identifying small RNAs and Analyzing Their Association with Gene Expression Using Isolated Arabidopsis Male Meiocytes” which describes molecular and … Continued

  • Congrats BIOL 395 Undergraduate Researchers!

    On April 20th, 65 undergraduate research scholars from the Biology Department presented posters highlighting their research at our end-of-semester event. These students had completed two semesters of BIOL 395 research credit, and it was a fun afternoon celebrating their research … Continued

  • John Bruno and USFQ’s Margarita Brandt receive NSF grant!

    Congratulations to Drs. John Bruno and Margarita Brandt, of USFQ, for receiving a one million dollar grant from NSF for their research in the Galapagos islands! From the announcement: “UNC researcher Dr. John Bruno and Dr. Margarita Brandt of USFQ … Continued

  • Laura Mendez wins Tri-Beta TA Award!

    Congratulations to Laura Mendez, this year’s winner of the Tri-Beta Biology TA Teaching award! Every year, the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society asks senior undergraduate biology students to nominate TAs who they believe are deserving of this award and … Continued

  • Nimchuk Lab featured in Nature Plants!

    Nimchuk lab graduate students Sean James and Andrew Willoughby, along with others, have published a paper in Nature Plants! The paper, which is on receptor kinase signaling, can be found here. Congratulations!

  • Congrats to the Henry Van Peters Wilson Memorial Fund Recipients!

    Congratulations to this year’s recipients of The Henry Van Peters Wilson Memorial fund for Marine Biology: Luke Havens, Alayna Mackiewicz, and Isabel Silva.

  • Bob Goldstein’s Posters featured on The Well!

    UNC Biology’s Dr. Bob Goldstein’s posters have been featured in the article, “‘Collecting COVID’ exhibit highlights material from library archive” from UNC’s The Well! From the article: “Bob Goldstein, James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor of biology in the College … Continued

  • Emma Rudy Srebnik receives Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)!

    Congratulations to UNC Biology undergraduate student Emma Rudy Srebnik on receiving a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to work with the Bruno lab in the Galapagos this summer on juvenile shark ecology!

  • Isabel Silva receives Grant from Women Divers Hall of Fame!

    Congratulations to Bruno lab member and UNC Biology graduate student Isabel Silva on receiving the Laurel Clark Sea to Space Award, a grant from the Women Divers Hall of Fame, to support her research on Galapagos subtidal reef communities! Read … Continued

  • Todd Vision receives ASN Presidential Award for Outstanding Service!

    Congratulations to Todd Vision for receiving the American Society of Naturalists Presidential Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, for his role in the development of Dryad! This honor was founded for the occasion as a way to recognize the … Continued

  • Congratulations to the Spring 2022 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees!

    Congratulations to the following Spring 2022 Phi Beta Kappa inductees: Amber Mercedes Amparo Serenity Jade Bennett Zachary Allen Benson Roarke William Burton Megan Brienne Butler Anne Marie Cawley David Collins Clara Aku Dartey-Hayford David William Dingfelder Carla Francisca Escobar Noah … Continued

  • Delaney O’Connell and Stephanie Peak awarded NSF GRFPs

    Delaney O’Connell and Stephanie Peak, current Department of Biology graduate students, have been awarded NSF GRFPs! Delaney’s research is in magnetoreception and navigation, and simulation of behavior and migration, and is advised by Brian Taylor. Stephanie’s research focuses on coral … Continued

  • Mara Evans awarded Chapman Family Teaching Award!

    Congratulations to Dr. Mara Evans on winning one of the 2022 Chapman Family Teaching Awards. According to The Well, “Created in 1993 with a gift during the Bicentennial Campaign from Max Carrol Chapman Jr. ’66 on behalf of the Chapman … Continued

  • Kelly Hogan awarded Tanner Award!

    Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Hogan for winning one of the 2022 Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching! Be sure to check out her short interview featured in this article from The Well!

  • Carol Ann McCormick featured on NCBG website!

    Make sure to check out this cool article about skunk cabbage by the Herbarium’s curatrix Carol Ann McCormick on the North Carolina Botanical Garden website!

  • Hínár Polczer featured on UNC ITS website!

    Hínár György Polczer, our Information Security Liaison, has been featured on the UNC ITS website! Be sure to check out the short profile here.

  • David Pfennig to be featured in American Scientist

    Congratulations to David Pfennig for his upcoming article in American Scientist. The article, entitled, “Evolution and the Flexible Organism,” asks, “Do environmentally induced changes to individuals affect natural selection, and if so, how?” Check out more info here. You can … Continued

  • Copenhaver Lab Published in PLOS Genetics

    The Copenhaver lab has published a collaborative paper in PLOS Genetics entitled “Histone demethylase IBM1-mediated meiocyte gene expression ensures meiotic chromosome synapsis and recombination” which shows that a gene, IBM1, which encodes a protein that removes methyl groups from histone … Continued

  • Alan Jones’ Physician’s Garden featured by UNC!

    UNC Biology’s Dr. Alan Jones‘ course, “The Physician’s Garden,” has been featured on the UNC website! According to the article, “The Gardening and Ethnobotany in Academia Project is a student organization that maintains the Sam W. Hitt Medicinal Garden on … Continued

  • Kelly Hogan featured in The Chronicle!

    Congratulations to UNC Biology’s own Kelly Hogan, as well as UNC Professors Viji Sathy and Nicole Else-Quest, for the publication of their essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education! The essay, titled “How to Give Our Students the Grace We … Continued

  • Brian Lerch featured in UNC’s Endeavor’s Magazine!

    Brian Lerch, a Department of Biology Ph.D. student in Maria Servedio’s lab, has been featured in UNC’s Endeavor’s Magazine. “The Smorgasbord Scientist” centers on Brian’s use of mathematical models to address biological problems and to answer questions about ecology and … Continued

  • Emily Harmon featured in UNC’s Endeavors Magazine!

    Emily Harmon, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biology in David Pfennig’s lab, has been featured in UNC’s Endeavors Magazine. “Disassembling Evolution’s Engine” features Emily’s research studying an animal’s ability to adapt in one generation, which could inform conservation … Continued

  • December PhD Graduates

    Congratulations to all our December 2021 Biology Ph.D. graduates! This is a huge accomplishment and the department would like to extend our appreciation for all your hard work over the years. We wish you the best of luck in your … Continued

  • Bob Goldstein featured on Nautilus!

    UNC Biology’s own Dr. Bob Goldstein has written an article featured on Nautilus about Rita Levi-Montalcini. The article, called “A Lab of Her Own,” explores Levi-Montalcini’s journey from purchasing a microscope to discovering how the nervous system is wired while … Continued

  • Kelly Hogan quoted in the Chronicle!

    Congratulations to Kelly Hogan for being quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education! From the article: “Kelly Hogan, associate dean of instructional innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shared … Continued

  • Brian Lerch interviewed on All Things Considered!

    Congratulations to UNC graduate student Brian Lerch for being interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered! Lerch was interviewed about a study that he has out in Proceedings of the Royal Society with Susan Alberts from Duke University. The study found … Continued

  • Jean and Peter DeSaix win the Clark Kessler Mentorship Award!

    Congratulations to UNC Biology’s own Jean and Peter DeSaix on their winning the first annual Clark Kessler Mentorship Award! According to the announcement, “In honor of Fred Clark and Frank Kessler’s dedication to mentorship among our Carolina Covenant Scholars over … Continued

  • UNC article highlights Jean and Peter DeSaix!

    An article on UNC’s Campaign website outlines the success of Carolina Covenant’s Rural Medicine Pathway Program. The Rural Medicine Pathway Program supports Covenant Scholars as they pursue health careers in rural areas. UNC Biology’s own Drs. Jean and Peter DeSaix … Continued

  • Hurlbert Lab Alum featured on UNC-CGS!

    UNC undergraduate alumnus Will Larsen has been featured on the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies’ website for his work in the Galapagos Islands! Read the full profile here:

  • Copenhaver Lab published in PNAS!

    The Copenhaver lab, including postdoctoral associate Dr. Jiyue (Jeff) Huang, has published a paper in PNAS entitled “Regulation of interference-sensitive crossover distribution ensures crossover assurance in Arabidopsis” together with their colleagues from Fudan University in Shanghai. The paper explores how … Continued

  • Art from UNC BIOL 222!

    Dr. Catherine Kehl (Postdoc, Taylor Lab) asked her BIOL 222 students to utilize Matplotlib (python’s central plotting / graphing library) to make art. BIOL 222 is Introduction to Programming and is meant for students with no programming background with an … Continued

  • Bill Kier in Scientific American

    Dr. Bill Kier has been featured in an article in the December issue of Scientifc American. “Movie-making Tech Reveals Elephant Trunk Motions,” quotes Dr. Kier, “It’s the first time that we’ve gotten a hint of what these more simplified commands … Continued

  • Ann Matthysse explores what exactly a virus is, with a specific focus on RNA viruses and SARS-CoV-2

    Dr. Ann Matthysse has been featured in Open Access Government, in an exploration of viruses for middle school students. Read more HERE

  • Congrats to the 2021 Senior Honors Thesis Scholars!

    Undergraduate Research is a point of pride in the Biology Department. Each semester, over 180 undergraduates do supervised research in Biology for academic credit. Some of these seniors go on to do a Senior Honors Thesis. These truly outstanding students … Continued

  • Congratulations 2021-2022 Biology Phi Beta Kappa Initiates!!!

    See photo for names. Initiates includes biology majors and biology minors. Congratulations on all of your hard work!!!

  • Allen Hurlbert featured in The Well for the Avian Diet Database!

    Dr. Allen Hurlbert has been featured in UNC’s The Well for his work on the Avian Diet Database, “the first comprehensive online database of North American bird diets to standardize data and streamline research.” Read the full article here!

  • Daniel Matute to Speak at Hettleman Talks!

    The 2021 Hettleman Talks will take place virtually on Tuesday, November 9th at 12pm as part of University Research week. Please register at to receive the zoom link. Attend these TEDX-style presentations from the 2021 winners of the Phillip … Continued

  • Frank Conlon featured on UNC Health!

    Dr. Frank Conlon‘s research has been featured in a post on UNC Health’s website! The article, titled “Male-Female Differences in Heart Disease Could Start Before Birth,” goes into Conlon’s research, in which Conlon and Dr. Wei Shi “conducted a first-of-its-kind … Continued

  • Ken Lohmann featured on Public Radio East!

    Check out Public Radio East’s post on UNC researchers studying why sea turtles die featuring Dr. Ken Lohmann! Read and listen here.

  • Sabrina Burmeister receives a Mid-Career Award!

    Congratulations to Sabrina Burmeister, who recently received a Mid-Career Award from the NSF IOS program! The award will support her research on functional genomics of spatial memory in poison frogs. Learn more about Dr. Burmeister’s work here.

  • Happy Retirement to Tony Perdue!

    Special thanks to Tony Perdue, who is retiring after having run Biology’s Microscopy Core since 1992. Maintaining/acquiring cutting-edge microscopes, training/mentoring hundreds of postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates, his legacy will live on in the cell biologists around the globe who … Continued

  • Lewis Naisbett-Jones featured on UNC’s Endeavors!

    Lewis Naisbett-Jones, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biology, has been featured in an article for UNC’s Endeavors for his research on satellite telemetry to track the migrations of sheepshead fish near the North Carolina coast. Congratulations, Lewis! From … Continued

  • Esteban Agudo and Savannah Ryburn featured on the Center for Galapagos Studies’ website!

    UNC Biology Ph.D. students, Esteban Agudo and Savannah Ryburn have been featured on the website for the Center for Galapagos Studies. Congratulations, Esteban and Savannah! The website post, called “UNC PhD students turn challenges of pandemic into opportunities in Galapagos,” … Continued

  • Daniel Matute awarded 2021 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize!

    Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Matute, one of the winners of the 2021 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. According to the announcement, “The annual Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement have been … Continued