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
Dr. John Stiller and Colleagues Provide Significant Insights on the Evolution of a Eukaryotic Alga

Congratulations to John Stiller and colleagues on their recently published article 'Insights into a Eukaryotic Alga.' This significant publication explored the genome of Porphyra umbilicalis and reveals the method by which it thrives in the intertidal zone.

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Erin Field
Dr. Erin Field Receives Powe Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Congratulations to Erin Field on receiving a 2017-2018 Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities!

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Jamie Vernon
Biology Alumnus Jamie Vernon Named Sigma Xi Executive Director, CEO

Dr. Jamie Vernon, who completed his MS in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology at ECU, has been selected as the executive director and CEO of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. His appointment will begin on July 1, 2017. 

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Heather Vance-Chalcraft and Claudia Jolls Collaborate on Grant Supporting Science Teacher-Training

Heather Vance-Chalcraft and Claudia Jolls will be collaborating on a National Science Foundation Noyce Grant, which will provide 30 scholarships for ECU students to earn science or mathematics teaching licensure and a master's degree.

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Biology Alumnus Dr. Robert Twilley Honored by Environmental Law Institute

Biology Alumnus (BS ‘76 and MS ’79); Dr. Robert Twilley has been honored by Environmental Law Institute as the recipient of the 2017 National Wetlands Award for Science Research. Dr. Mark Brinson received the same award in 1995, so ECU Biology can claim TWO recipients of this prestigious award!

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