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

Nov. 9, 2017:

The Department of Biology expresses our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of our freshman intended biology major, Simmie Marie Byrd, of Raleigh, who passed away Wednesday, November 8th.
Biology News
Article on climate change, biodiversity and fisheries co-authored by Rebecca Asch highlighted in Newsweek
Rebecca Asch is lead author of an article published in Marine Policy, and highlighted in several news sites, including Newsweek. The article reports on how changes in physical parameters in the Pacific Ocean alters niche availability for commercially important fish and invertebrate species, resulting in migration to more suitable habitats or decreased abundance of these species.

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Learning assistants
Kris Callis-Duehl and STEMCore Colleagues Implement Learning Assistant Program

ECU’s LA Program is a pilot program developed by faculty in the STEM Collaborative for Research in Education (CoRE), including Dr. Kristine Callis-Duehl of the Department. It is built upon a model introduced more than 20 years ago at the University of Colorado-Boulder and is used internationally at more than 100 member institutions.

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Molly Albecker
Biology PhD Student Molly Albecker features in Sea Level Rise Documentary

Molly Albecker, a PhD student in Dr. Mike McCoy's lab, features in a recent series of documentaries on the potential impacts of sea level rise in North Carolina. Click the link below to view.

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Baohong Zhang
Dr. Baohong Zhang is the 2017 recipient of ECU’s Achievement in International Research and Creative Activity Award

Congratulations to Dr. Baohong Zhang, recipient of ECU’s Achievement in International Research and Creative Activity Award for working to expand ECU’s global impact and establish ECU as America’s Next Great National University. 

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Stephen Orr
Biology Student wins the People’s Choice Award, and Biology Retains the Departmental Championship Title in 2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to Steven Orr, a graduate student in Dr. Issa's lab, winner of the People's Choice award, and to all presenting at the 2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition. Thanks to their efforts (and their mentors), Biology was able to retain the Departmental Championship Title!

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