Welcome to Biology at ECU!

We are a broad department that emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the life sciences. We offer undergraduate majors in Biology and Biochemistry and graduate opportunities at both the MS and PhD levels. Our faculty, students, and staff have received a wide range of honors and awards and some of their achievements are highlighted on this site. We encourage alumni to keep in touch and prospective students to visit. I look forward to hearing from you!

Jeff McKinnon, Chair

Biology News

Beth Thompson

Dr. Beth Thompson article featured in December edition of 'The Plant Cell'

Dr. Beth Thompson was the lead author of an article featured in the 'In Brief' section of the prestigious journal 'The Plant Cell' published online in December 2014. Christine Basham, a graduate student in her lab was one of the co-authors of the study.

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Dr. Ariane Peralta Publishes Feature Article in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Dr. Ariane Peralta and three co-authors published an article in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, "A social-ecological framework for 'micromanaging' microbial services", that was featured on the cover of the November 2014 issue.

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Congratulations to the biology graduate student participants in the 3-Minute thesis competition

Congratulations to the biology graduate students for their fine efforts as participants in the 3-Minute thesis competition held October 22, 2014 in Mendenhall.

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ECU to Acquire Aquatic Robot for Coastal and Marine Research

Four researchers in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology at East Carolina University have secured a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation.  

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Biology Faculty Member Named TCHAS Distinguished Professor

Dr. Roger Rulifson, professor in the Department of Biology and senior scientist with the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, was named a 2014 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor during the college’s annual faculty convocation held in Wright Auditorium.

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