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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 24 tenured or tenure-track professors, 4 teaching professors, 35 graduate students, and approximately 200 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.

Worth Turning Round - A Blog from the Chair

NY Times: Galapagos Treasure under Threat

by April 28, 2014
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The New York Times recently featured Dr. David Anderson’s work in the Galapagos on the Blue-footed boobies. The number of boobies, known for their brightly colored feet and signature mating dance, has dropped by 50 percent in the last 20 years, according to a paper published in the journal Avian Read more »

Diving into Biodiversity

by March 27, 2014
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By WILL FERGUSON Office of Communications and External Relations Victoria Erb stood in the back of the boat with her classmates and watched three sharks cut through the crystal clear water of Belize’s Great Blue Hole. The senior biology major then did the one thing the vast majority of people in Read more »

Drones to Add Flying Eye on Our Ecosystem

by February 12, 2014
WFU graduate student Max Messinger and professor Miles Silman show their aircraft used for monitoring the forest canopy

From the Charlotte Observer, Feb 9, 2014 by Reid Creager Sure, it resembles a spider on steroids. But a recently developed flying robot – soon to hover over the Peruvian cloud forest for the first time – has potential benefits for everyone. About a year and a half ago, a Read more »

From One Forest to Another

by December 18, 2013
Max Messinger, graduate student and expert in research drones flys his "robot" on the WFU practice field

Several news agencies have published stories recently about unique research conducted by Max Messinger and Miles Silman in the Department of Biology. Dr. Silman’s group is making use of “flying robots” to photograph and measure data from the forest canopy.  Messinger is the local expert on how to turn these Read more »

Still Life vs. Real Life

by November 18, 2013
Biology students examining paintings at the Reynolda House Museum of Art

Where Science meets Art, you will find Biologists! Biology professor Kathy Kron and the 11 students enrolled in her course Biology 105: Plants & People incorporate the study of plants and their stylized depiction in art. Students are given the chance to study excellent examples of artistic still life paintings Read more »