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

Nerd Nite

Biology alums and friends invited to Homecoming Nerd Nite Oct. 28 with Distinguished Research Professor Bob Christian, PhD Student Dustin Foote

Homecoming Nerd Nite is on Friday, October 28th at 6:30-8:30 PM at Tapped, 650 E Fire Tower Rd, Winterville.

Speakers are Distinguished Research Prof. Bob Christian - "Models, Life, and 1:1 Maps"  and Dustin Foote (ECU Biology Ph.D. Student and Sylvan Heights Bird Park Assistant Curator & Research Coordinator) - "Raptors: Pirates of the Sky." All alums and friends of Biology are invited to join us! Hearty Hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Be there and be square. 

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Gina Bledsoe

IDPBS Student Gina Bledsoe Receives 2016 NC Sea Grant/Water Resources Research Institute Fellowship

Congratulations to IDPBS Student Gina Bledsoe on receiving the 2016 NC Sea Grant/Water Resources Research Institute Fellowship! Gina is examining how constructed stormwater wetland design and management impact microbial communities and functions related to water quality and greenhouse gas production. The study is taking place at ECU’s Constructed Stormwater Wetland that is adjacent to the Belk Building parking lot on campus.

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New Paper from Mike McCoy on Graduate Statistical Training has Rapid Impact

Mike McCoy is co-author of an article describing the mismatch between current statistical practice and doctoral training in ecology, published in Ecosphere (Volume 7, August 2016), that has generated a rapid impact online. 


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Allison and Katie

Graduate Students Presented Awards at 2016 North American Ornithological Conference

Allison Lansverk, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Balakrishnan's lab, and Katie Schroeder, a MS student in Dr. Sue McRae's lab, each won a prestigious award in 2016. Katie received the E. Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Research Award from the Association of Field Ornithologists in early April (announced at the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference), while Allison received a student presentation award from the American Ornithologists Union in a competition of ~160 presenters.

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Tim Christensen Selected for First Year Advocate Faculty Award

Dr. Tim Christensen was selected as the 2015-2016 First Year Advocate Faculty Award winner by the Student Government Association. The award recognizes faculty dedicated to first year student growth by promoting academic success, intellectual growth, student engagement, personal growth and community involvement.

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