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
river herring faculty
Biology Faculty Members Awarded Grant to Study Blueback Herring Spawning Populations Using eDNA

Drs. Brewer, Field and Rulifson were awarded a grant from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA Fisheries to further ground-truth a new way to survey blueback herring using Environmental DNA (eDNA).

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Jeff Hall
Biology Alumnus Jeff Hall Named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by NC Wildlife Federation
Congratulations to Biology Alumnus Jeff Hall with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, recipient of the Governor's Wildlife Conservationist of the Year from the NC Wildlife Federation.

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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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