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

The Department of Biology faculty, staff and students express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Jennifer Ervin, senior biology major, who passed away Saturday, February 24th.
Biology News
Dr. Enrique Reyes Elected as President-elect for the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society

Dr. Enrique Reyes has recently been elected as President-elect for the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society, a professional association that encompass coastal and estuarine scientists from NC, SC, GA and FL. Dr. Reyes, an estuarine and wetland ecologist in the Dept. of Biology, along with Dr. Joe Luczkovich (President-elect of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society) participate as Board Members of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, the largest coastal professional society. With leadership on 2 of the 3 regional societies in coastal sciences on the eastern seaboard, ECU represents!

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Ginger Taria
Taria Crenshaw and Ginger Grimes Recognized with 2018 ECU Centennial Awards!

Our congratulations to Biology's most recent ECU Centennial Award winners, Ginger Grimes for leadership and Taria Crenshaw for service. Well deserved!

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Katie Clements
Katie Clements Receives the Marine Biological Laboratory Training Fellowship Award in Neurobiology

Katie Clements from the Issa lab is among only 10 students nationally to be accepted into the Marine Biological Laboratory neurobiology course. Acceptance is highly competitive and is accompanied with the prestigious $8,000 MBL fellowship Award. The course will provide Katie with advanced training in cutting-edge neuroscience techniques.

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Dr. Rebecca Asch Receives Prestigous 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship
Rebecca Asch received a prestigious fellowship, as she was one of 126 recipients (one of eight for Ocean Sciences) of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship, recognizing her as one of the top early-career researchers in the United States and Canada. 

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Chris Moore
Congratulations to Chris Moore for Selection as 2018 NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Fellow!
Congratulations to Chris Moore, IDPBS student with Dr. Blakeslee, for selection as 2018 NC Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR) fellow, for project "Parasites as Novel Indicators of Biodiversity in Restored Coastal Habitats"!

The Blakeslee lab was also recently featured in a UNC-TV story on Dr. Blakeslee’s research on an invasive parasite that creates so-called “zombie crabs”.

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