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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

FFA Magazine Features Katie Osborne

by May 21, 2014
Katie Osborne, WFU Biology major is searching for ways to prevent mastitis in dairy cows.

FFA New Horizons magazine recently printed an article by Jessica Mozzo featuring Katie Osborne, a Biology major.  The article mentions her work in dairy research as well as her plans and goals for the future. “Katie Osborne of Millerstown, Pa. may only be 19, but she’s already making an impact Read more »

Graduate Profile: Jennifer Miller

by May 15, 2014
Jennifer Miller, (BS 2014)  major in Biology, minor in Environmental Studies

The Wake Forest News Service recently ran a series of profiles of the 2014 WFU graduates.  Jennifer Miller, a Biology major, was featured focusing on her journey as a student, study abroad, and research she did both locally and in South America. “During my junior year, I conducted research with Read more »

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 »