Patek Stars in "National Geographic Wild" TV Show

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Biology professor Sheila Patek is featured throughout an episode of "National Geographic Wild" that examines the behavior and biomechanics of mantis shrimp. (Click the video icon to see the entire show). The show highlights field and laboratory research by Prof. Patek and by undergraduate and graduate students in her lab.

New Field Course: Amazon Aquatic Ecology

The Biology Department is pleased to announce Biology 596Z, Amazon Aquatic Ecology. This is a field course in the Brazilian Amazon, taught by Cristina Cox-Fernandes ( The Brazil trip will be in mid May, and the course will meet a few times prior to that for preparatory lectures. See below for a more complete description of the course.

Information Session for this trip: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., 319 Morrill, Science III

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Tropical Field Biology Spring 2014 Applications Now Available

Accepting Applications for Tropical Field Biology (Bio 487H)

We are looking for a few good men and women to join us in the latest version of Tropical Field Biology. This 4 credit course meets twice a week during the spring semester and features a field trip to Belize over spring break. You will learn from 6 excellent instructors who have extensive field experience in the tropics, which means that this is among the highest teacher-to-student ratio courses that you are ever likely to find. The course provides a safe experience that will introduce you to one of the most diverse and beautiful places on the Earth, while giving you an introduction to the realities of field research. We had a fantastic time last year and this year promises to be even better. Enrollment is limited to 24 students so apply now!

Biology Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships (BURA) Now Available!

Biology Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships (BURA) Applications Available. Click Here to see projects and apply.

Applications due by midnight September 7, 2012.

"Biology Boot Camp" - Sign Up Now!

The Biology Intensive Orientation Session (BIOS), affectionately known as "Biology Boot Camp", is a rigorous academic program designed to enhance student success in life science majors. It occurs in the week just before Fall classes start (Saturday, August 27, 2011 through Tuesday morning, August 30, 2011) and is a residential experience that immerses students in college-level biology coursework. It includes lectures, discussions, lab tours, writing and test experiences. Students are also embedded in campus life and become familiar with dorm living, dining halls, the layout of campus. Most importantly students meet each other and have a chance to form friendships and study groups that can last for their entire college career and beyond. Apply today!