News & Announcements

Honors & Summer Research Info session

Save the date! This year’s Honors & Summer Research Info session will be on Wednesday, January 18 (time and location TBD). Biology Majors can learn about honors research opportunities and/or summer research directly from faculty who will be taking students.  The deadline to apply to the honors program… Continue reading »

Two Tenure-Track Professors to Start this Fall

This year the biology department welcomes two new faculty members, Ronald Bassar and David Loehlin. Ron starts in the Fall 2017 semester as Assistant Professor.  Ron is an evolutionary ecologist and comes to us following post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford with Tim Coulson studying the ecological and… Continue reading »

Professor Chen Publishes Three Papers

Luo R, Chen PW, Wagenbach M, Jian X, Jenkins L, Wordeman L, Randazzo PA. J Biol Chem (2016).  Direct functional interaction of the kinesin-13 family member kinesin-like protein 2A (Kif2A) and Arf GAP with GTP-binding protein-like, ankyrin repeats and PH domains 1 (AGAP1).  doi:10.1074/jbc.A116.732479 Vitali T, Girald-Berlingeri S,… Continue reading »

A New Species of Firefly?!?!?

Abstract Fireflies in the genus Photinus are well regarded for their luminescent nocturnal courtship displays. Here we report on a new firefly species, Photinus interdius, which is remarkable for its fully diurnal and luminescent courtship protocol. Continue reading »

Erica Chang ’18 and Katie Swoap ’17 won honorable mention in the best undergraduate poster competition at the 100th Western Society of Naturalists meeting

Erica Chang and Katie Swoap won honorable mention in the best undergraduate poster competition at the 100th Western Society of Naturalists meeting in Monterey, CA, November 10-13, 2016.  Their poster was titled “Fluctuating temperatures and thermal stress in mussels: time-dependent responses in respiration, gene expression and growth. ” by Erica… Continue reading »

Professor Tim Lebestky published in G3

A Genetic Screen to Assess Dopamine Receptor (DopR1) Dependent Sleep Regulation in Drosophila Yiqin Jiang1, Elise Pitmon1, Jack Berry1, Fred W. Wolf2, Zach McKenzie1 and Tim J. Lebestky1 Abstract Sleep is an essential behavioral state of rest that is regulated by homeostatic drives to ensure a balance of… Continue reading »

Professor Luana Maroja published in Nature

The gene cortex controls mimicry and crypsis in butterflies and moths NADEAU N.J., PARDO-DIAZ C., WHIBLEY A., SUPPLE M.A., SAENKO S.V., WALLBANK R.W.R., WU G.C., MAROJA L.S. FERGUSON L., HANLYJ.J., HINES H., SALAZAR C., MERRILL R.M., DOWLING A.J., FFRENCH-CONSTANT R.H., LLAURENS V., JORONM, MCMILLAN W.O.  & JIGGINS C.D. (2016). Nature… Continue reading »

Professor Luana Maroja publishes in G3

Genes with Restricted Introgression in a Field Cricket (Gryllus firmus/Gryllus pennsylvanicus) Hybrid Zone Are Concentrated on the X Chromosome and a Single Autosome Luana S. Maroja,*,1 Erica L. Larson,† Steven M. Bogdanowicz,‡ and Richard G. Harrison‡ Abstract Characterizing the extent of… Continue reading »