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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

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 »

Silman: Amazon Rainforest is Home to 16,000 Tree Species

by October 22, 2013
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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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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
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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 »