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 25 professors, 35 graduate students, and approximately 220 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.

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Biology Students Give Talks at SAHRC 2015

by March 22, 2015
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Three students presented talks on research conducted at Wake Forest University Department of Biology at the 11th annual meeting of the Southern Appalachian Honeybee Research Consortium (SAHRC) held on Saturday, March 21, 2014 at the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. The students are all participants in Read more »

Biology Majors Nominated for Membership in Phi Beta Kappa, 2015

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The Delta of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has announced its 2015 list of seniors and juniors nominated for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the American honorary academic society founded in 1776. Many biology majors are on the list. All deserve your warmest congratulations. Note that membership Read more »

Pool Quiz!

by March 14, 2015
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Did you ever take a quiz under water? Wearing a snorkel? The undergraduates enrolled in the Spring 2015 version of BIO 311/312, Ecology and Conservation Biology of Coral Reefs spent their spring break working with faculty at Lighthouse Reef Atoll in Belize, but before they left Biology graduate teaching assistant Benjamin Read more »

David J. Anderson featured on BBC

by March 4, 2015

Professor of Biology David J. Anderson’s research into very unique questions about behavior and ecology have often been the focus of national media attention. Recently, Dr. Anderson was featured by the BBC in the series “The Natural World”. Dr. Anderson is featured in the episode entitled Galapagos: Islands of Change [web link]. Dr. Anderson’s work Read more »

Being Shrouded in Mist Doesn’t Mean a Tree is Short of Light

by February 24, 2015
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Biology graduate alumnus Keith Reinhardt (Ph.D., 2009), now Assistant Professor in Physiological Plant Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University, is currently receiving media attention for his work on light levels in Appalachian cloud forests. Reinhardt and his collaborators conduct their studies by placing light sensors on Read more »