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

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Biology Homecoming Nerd Nite Oct. 16 with Dr.'s Ariane Peralta, Seth Barribeau

Alums and friends of Biology join us for drinks, snacks, Oct. 16, 5-7pm in Howell N102 with Ariane Peralta: If you build it, will ‘they’ come?: Restoring ecosystems, many microbes at a time; and Seth Barribeau: Sex, disease, and Marvin Gaye. Nerd Nite is a national fun science event started by ECU's Chris Balakrishnan

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Jolls Lab Endangered Plant Research Highlighted

Jolls lab research on the effect of invasive plants and weevils on the endangered Pitcher's Thistle receives coverage in "Great Lakes Echo."

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ECU Biology Advancement Council tours Tar River with Dean Bill Downs and Distinguished Prof. Roger Rulifson

ECU Biology Advancement Council tours Tar River with Dean Bill Downs and Distinguished Prof. Roger Rulifson, after record year of fundraising.

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Grad Student Photo of Frog Named after Professor on Journal Cover

The cover of the current issue of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology features an image of Ranitomeya summersi, (named after Dr. Kyle Summers) taken by his graduate student, Adam Stuckert. The image accompanies an article reviewing the relationship between honest signaling theory and warning coloration.

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Graduate students share research on social media

Biology students Molly Albecker, Daniel Newhouse and numerous others are among a new generation of researchers - graduate students and early career professors - who are embracing social media, blogs and websites to communicate with the public and their peers.

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