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
Will Zahran
Biology Graduate Will Zahran Selected to Serve as Presidential Scholar for the 2018-19 Academic Year

Well done Will (Class of 2018)! He was selected as one of four recent UNC System graduates to serve as Presidential Scholars for the 2018-19 academic year. The Presidential Scholars serve a one-year appointment and provide a wide range of professional functions for the UNC System Office.

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Fadi Issa
Dr. Fadi Issa Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to Study Effects of Social Behavior on Nervous System Function

Congratulations to Fadi Issa, who was awarded a four-year, $470,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Fadi and Katie Clements, a PhD student in his lab, are exploring the connection between social hierarchy and its effect on behavior and neurological development in zebrafish.

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Rebecca Asch Publishes Article Showing Climate Change May Hinder Fish Conservation Efforts
A new paper authored by Rebecca Asch from East Carolina University and Brad Erisman from the University of Texas at Austin demonstrates that climate change may severely hinder reef fish conservation efforts by the end of this century. The paper models the loss of spawning habitat for the endangered Nassau grouper due to climate change, and the impact of this on the survival of the species.

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Chris Thaxton
Chris Thaxton is a finalist for the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program
Congratulations to Chris Thaxton, a MS student in Dr. Rebecca Asch's lab, for his selection as a finalist for the NOAA SeaGrant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program.

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Baohong Zhang Awarded ‘Cotton Researcher of the Year, 2018’ by the International Cotton Advisory Committee!
The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) announced that Dr. Baohong Zhang is the ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year 2018. ICAC honours a leading cotton researcher each year.

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