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


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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Chris Balakrishnan

Assistant Professor Chris Balakrishnan is the 2016 Recipient of the THCAS Dean’s Early Career Award

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Chris Balakrishnan, the 2016 Recipient of the THCAS Dean’s Early Career Award.

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April Blakeslee

April Blakeslee Investigates 'Zombie Crabs'

Dr. April Blakeslee and a team of students and collaborators are studying an invasive parasite that takes over the reproductive system of mud crabs and even alters their behavior, potentially impacting coastal ecosystems.

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