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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.

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 »

Deacon Profile: David Anderson

by November 11, 2013
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The Old Gold and Black recently ran a short piece on Professor David J. Anderson.  Dr. Anderson answers questions about why he is at Wake Forest, what he enjoys about teaching, and some interesting facts from his prolific research career. Since 1982, I have been studying a population of seabirds Read more »

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 »