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

Privette Bray

Biology Alumnus Doug Privette and Advancement Council Member John Bray Honored with Alumni Awards

Dr. Douglas Privette ’72, a Biology Department alumnus, received the 2016 Virgil Clark '50 Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. John Bray, who serves on the Biology Advancement Council, was recognized with a 2016 Honorary Alumnus Award.

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Apex Predators: Research Pinpoints Predators' Impact on Ecosystems

Mike McCoy, along with a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, Radford University and McMaster University, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to further the development and testing of models that will help scientists understand and predict the effects of predator diversity on ecosystems.

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3 Minute Thesis Competition

Biology Student Adam Stuckert Wins "People's Choice" and Biology Wins Departmental Cup in 2016 3MT competition!

Biology graduate students Adam Stuckert and Molly Albecker advanced to the finals of the 2016 3 Minute Thesis competition where Adam won the Peoples Choice Award. The Department also won the Department Cup! Congratulations to all!

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Gina Bledsoe

IDPBS Student Gina Bledsoe Receives 2016 NC Sea Grant/Water Resources Research Institute Fellowship

Congratulations to IDPBS Student Gina Bledsoe on receiving the 2016 NC Sea Grant/Water Resources Research Institute Fellowship! Gina is examining how constructed stormwater wetland design and management impact microbial communities and functions related to water quality and greenhouse gas production. The study is taking place at ECU’s Constructed Stormwater Wetland that is adjacent to the Belk Building parking lot on campus.

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New Paper from Mike McCoy on Graduate Statistical Training has Rapid Impact

Mike McCoy is co-author of an article describing the mismatch between current statistical practice and doctoral training in ecology, published in Ecosphere (Volume 7, August 2016), that has generated a rapid impact online. 


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