The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University is a diverse team of scientists, teachers, graduate students and undergraduates who investigate the processes of life at all levels, from the biosphere to the molecule. We are a full-spectrum biology department, and we value our collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere. The department currently comprises 25 professors, 35 graduate students, and approximately 220 undergraduate Biology majors. Many additional students take our courses! Research is as central to our mission as teaching, with almost all majors joining faculty and graduate students outside of the classroom to study in our laboratories and at our field sites. Much of our research is supported by competitive grants, permitting ambitious approaches that prepare students for careers in research, the health professions, conservation, teaching, public policy, biotech, bioinformatics, and numerous other areas including bio-inspired entrepreneurship.

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A Special EcoLunch

by January 25, 2015
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MA in Sustainability student and Wake Forest alum Scott McCullough shared a photograph taken at the Department of Biology’s EcoLunch on Thursday, January 22. From left to right: Amanda Leland, Vice President for Oceans, Environmental Defense Fund; Sylvia Earle, Pioneering Ocean Explorer, Mission Blue; and Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Read more »

How Sweet It Is! WFU Grad Predicts a Bumper Crop of Maple Syrup in 2015

by January 15, 2015
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Dr. Joshua Rapp, former graduate student of Miles Silman in the WFU Department of Biology, has discovered a new predictor of maple sap flow: seed production the previous fall. The research paper was published in the journal Forest Ecology & Management, but if you love maple syrup you’ll want to Read more »

Esch Celebrates 100th Semester

by January 13, 2015
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. When Professor Jerry Esch walked into 233 Winston Hall just before 11 AM on January 13 for his first meeting with his Spring 2015 Parasitology class, he achieved a career milestone of note: he began his 100th semester of teaching in the Department of Biology at Wake Forest University. Congratulations, Read more »

Perspectives in Biology Symposium Celebrates 30th Birthday

by December 17, 2014
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On November 7-8, 2014, the Department of Biology hosted the 30th Perspectives in Biology Symposium. This annual event brings 3 notable biologists to campus to share their passion for science and recent research results with faculty colleagues from institutions throughout the southeast. Each invited speaker gives two seminars and has Read more »

Undergraduates Learn Genetics by Teaching Younger Students

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Want to learn genetics? Maybe the best approach is to to teach it to others! Professors Carole Gibson and Gloria Muday reported in a recent article that undergraduates learn more plant genetics by participating in a service-learning program than they do sitting in a classroom. Undergraduates enrolled in BIO Read more »