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The Department of Biology at Wake Forest is a diverse team of scientists and students investigating the processes of life at all levels. While many other research universities contain specialized and isolated departments based on biological sub-disciplines, we value the interdisciplinary atmosphere and advances that a full-spectrum department promotes.  The full-time faculty currently stands at 22 professors, and the student body includes 35 Master’s and Ph.D. students and approximately 200 undergraduate Biology majors.  Research is central to our mission, with almost all majors joining faculty and graduate students outside of class in our laboratories and field sites.  Much of our research is supported by federal grants, permitting ambitious approaches that prepare graduate and undergraduate students for careers in academics, medicine, biotech,  and other areas.

PIB November 8 and 9

by November 6, 2013
Evan DeLucia is the G. William Arends Professor of Biology and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The 28th annual Perspectives in Biology Symposium was held this Friday and Saturday (November 8 and 9, 2013).  The speakers included Amita Sehgal, U. Penn, Evan DeLucia, U. Illinois, and L. Patricia Hernandez from George Washington U. The speakers presented state of the art information on a diversity of topics, Read more »

Silman: Amazon rainforest is home to 16,000 tree species, estimate suggests

by October 22, 2013
Amazon rainforest picture

An article focusing on the work of Miles Silman and his collaborators work on species diversity in the Amazon Rainforest was featured in UK news resource The Guardian.  It references an important paper his group published in the journal, Science. Almost four hundred billion trees belonging to 16,000 different species Read more »

Silman: How Is Climate Change Affecting Tropical Forests?

by October 1, 2013
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Biology Professor, Miles Silman was featured by WUNC Public Radio science correspondent Justin Catanoso in his feature titled “How Is Climate Change Affecting Tropical Forests?” Silman is a pilot of sorts for the cause of preserving tropical forests. And he clings to such dark forms of hope in the face Read more »

Silman’s work featured in National Geographic

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Miles Silman, Ran and Frank Bell Jr. Faculty Fellow

Rain Forest Plants Race to Outrun Global Warming Tropical plants are migrating due to climate change, but can they move fast enough? Justin Catanoso for National Geographic Published September 15, 2013 From a 13,000-foot peak of the Andes Mountains in southern Peru, gazing east over the dense rain forests of Read more »

Red plus red equals green?

by September 13, 2013
Students examining a DNA extraction

The Winston Salem Journal recognized Department of Biology outreach efforts directed by Gloria Muday and Carole Browne engaging WFU undergraduates to become teachers of science classes in the local schools.  WFU students Kathleen Quigley (PhD. candidate) and Ashlyn Whitlock (senior) were also interviewed. Click the link to read the article Read more »