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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.

Proposals funded: David Anderson

by March 6, 2012
David J. Anderson, Professor of Biology

Congratulations to Dave Anderson, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “LTREB: Evolutionary Ecology of Seabird Reproductive Life Histories (DEB 0842199)” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Proposals funded: William Smith

by January 25, 2012
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Congratulations to William K. Smith, professor of biology and Charles H. Babcock chair of botany, whose proposal entitled “CBIN: A Research Network for Sustaining Barrier Island Ecosystems in a Changing Gobal Environment” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Jumping Fish

by October 10, 2011
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Associate Professor of Biology Miriam Ashley-Ross is on a team of researchers who discovered several species of fish can flip in the air to move more than 10 times their body length in one leap from the ground. The study appears in the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A. “The findings are Read more »

Child Abuse in Birds

by September 29, 2011
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WFU News Service, August 2011 For one species of seabird in the Galápagos, the child abuse “cycle of violence” found in humans plays out in the wild. The new study of Nazca boobies by Wake Forest University researchers provides the first evidence from the animal world showing those who are Read more »

Support for entrepreneurship

by September 22, 2011
William Conner, Farr Professor of Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship

Professor of Biology William E. Conner has been named the first David and Lelia Farr Professor of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. The chair was established by David (’77) and Lelia (’77) Farr of St. Louis, Mo., to recognize Conner and his work with the Wake Forest Program in Innovation, Creativity Read more »