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.
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Elizabeth Ables Receives a Board of Governors 2018 Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award

Dr. Elizabeth Tweedie Ables was the recipient of a Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award for 2018. The award was presented to six ECU faculty members nominated by their colleagues. Congrats, Elizabeth!

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Congratulations to the Biology Graduate and Undergraduate Student Winners at the 2018 Research and Creative Achievement Week
Congratulations the Biology student winners at this year’s Research and Creative Achievement Week.  Graduate student winners were Steph Orr (Fadi Issa lab), Chris Thaxton (Rebecca Asch lab) and Chequita Brooks (Erin Field lab). Undergraduate student winners were Will Zahran (Susan McRae lab) and Kyra Price (Erin Field lab).

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Congratulations to Krista McCoy on Receiving an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health
Dr. Krista A. McCoy was awarded an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) from the National Institutes of Health. The project will determine the mechanisms through which prenatal supplements can reduce the severity and incidence of, hypospadias, the most common birth defect occurring in boys born in the United States. AREA awards are designed to expose undergraduate and graduate students to hands-on research and strengthen our research environment. This funding will be used to support student research and lead to innovative therapies that will protect developing babies from environmental toxicants.

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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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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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