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.

WFU Biology ranked 5th in the U.S. “for Biology General – Overall Best” and 8th in the U.S. “for a Major in Biology”

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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 »

How the Luna Moth Uses Its Tails

by February 17, 2015
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Biology graduate alumnus Dr. Jesse Barber  (Ph.D., 2007; now Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University) and colleagues have found that the twirling tips of the luna moth’s tails attract strikes from predatory bats. The joke is on the bat as the tip of the tail is Read more »

How Much DON’T You Know About Ebola?

by February 8, 2015
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Students in BIO367 (Virology) have developed a BuzzFeed quiz that lets you assess how much you know about Ebola. Check it out at Ebola Quiz. Professor Pat Lord encouraged her students to develop the quiz as part of their preparation for the Ebola: At Home and Abroad Symposium that will Read more »