• “We all have biases and there are ways to mitigate the effects of these biases. But first we have to admit that they exist.”

    Shirley Malcom’s (BS, Zoology, 1967) work to diversify and improve STEM education is featured in Perspectives — check out the article here.




    Wed, Feb 10 at 10 AM
  • The Indianapolis Zoological Society has just announced that UW biology professor P. Dee Boersma is one of six finalists for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize, one of the highest honors for conservation work. UW Office of News & Information has posted a story about Dr. Boersma’s research on Magellanic penguins and her decades of efforts to protect the largest breeding site for this species, which is at Punta Tombo in Argentina.


    Tue, Feb 9 at 10 AM
  • Check out Adam Summers giving a TedxSJI talk "Natural History: An Engine for Bioinspiration".

    It is not always clear why the general public should fund work that does not appear to directly offer improvements to human health, but often the route to substantive change is through basic research that looks at the place of animals and plants in their environment. 


    You can also read more about Adam's adventures with the new CT scanner at FHL.

    Tue, Feb 9 at 10 AM
  • A project involving Dr. Sam Wasser and graduate student HJ Kim has been selected as a prize winner in the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge. Check out their project details here, under "Strengthen Forensic Evidence". Their DNA analysis methods will be used in locating source populations in illegal wildlife trade, tackling this problem: 

    pangolins are among the world’s most heavily trafficked mammals and methods to locate poaching hotspots are urgently needed. With eight known pangolin species distributed over two continents and more than 35 countries, knowledge of these hotspots would more efficiently direct law enforcement to the most significant poaching areas.

    Thu, Jan 21 at 2 PM
  • Prof. Adam Summer's collaboration with Dr. Petra Ditsche was featured in the San Juan Journal. Their research focuses on the suction disc on its belly that allows the clingfish to adhere to a variety of surfaces. 

    Mon, Jan 11 at 11 AM
  • Research presented by the Riffell Lab at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) meeting was featured in a ScienceShot article. They discovered that the orchid Platantera obtusata emits a smell like human body odor. 

    PC//Kiley Riffell

    Tue, Jan 5 at 9 AM
  • The UW Office of News & Information has posted a release about new legislation in Argentina’s Chubut province to protect the coastal waters around Punta Tombo, the world’s largest nesting site for Magellanic penguins and a site of importance for UW researchers like Dee Boersma and Pablo Garcia Borboroglu. Dr. Borboroglu helped draft the law and advocated its passage through the Chubut legislature, which is based on decades of research on Megallanic penguins by Dr. Boersma and her team.

    Congratulations to Dee, Popi, and the whole team! 

    Thu, Dec 17 at 1 PM
  • Prof. Sharlene Santana has been named as the 2016 Carl Gans Award winner for her work in comparative biomechanics, and will be presented with the award in January at the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biologists in Portland. 

    Congratulations Sharlene!

    Mon, Dec 14 at 11 AM
  • The work of graduate student Rochelle Kelly of the Santana Lab was recently featured in UW Today and the HeraldNet

    Check it out here!


    Fri, Dec 11 at 2 PM
  • In a recent paper in Global Change Biology, Prof. Janneke Hille Ris Lambers and graduate student Leander Love-Andregg report that two tree species in the same Colorado forest have drastically different responses to drought – a finding that will impact how the range of these two species will shift as the western U.S. becomes hotter and drier over the next century.

    Check out the UW Today article here

    A trembling aspen canopy at the study site in the La Plata Mountains//Leander Anderegg

    Fri, Dec 11 at 10 AM
  • Prof. Keiko Torri was just announced as the 2015 Science Lectureship Award Recipient. The award was established by the Faculty of Science at Chiba University and is granted to scientists with high international recognition, and past awardees even include a Nobel laureate. This year, the student sponsored committee was happy to award a young, female scientist, with the interest of learning how to succeed in the US academia. 

    Congratulations Keiko!

    Thu, Dec 10 at 3 PM
  • Biology alum, Jevin West, his student Ian Wesley-Smith, and Prof. Carl Bergstrom have placed second in a contest run by Microsoft Research for computer science research groups form around the world. The WSDM Cup Challenge asked teams to use 30GB of data from the Microsoft Academic Graph to rank the importance of scholarly articles.

    Congratulations to team Eigenfactor! Check out this link from the eScience Institute for more information. 

    Mon, Nov 30 at 11 AM
  • Megan Kufeld has been named the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for women's soccer, awarded to the most deserving student-athlete in the nation for performance in the classroom and on the field. A biology major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Kufeld helped the Huskies to NCAA Tournament appearances in the last two seasons and became Washington’s all-time career shutouts leader this season, recording five shutouts in 2015 to push her total to 21.

    Congratulations Megan! Read more here.

    Mon, Nov 30 at 10 AM
  • For more than 4 years, Profs. Horacio de la Iglesia and Marti Bosma have been working with other sleep specialists, teachers, and parents to convince stakeholders to move start time for middle and high schools to later times, which are in tune with the circadian and sleep biology of teenagers. Now, the Seattle School Board finally approved later start times for most middle and all high schools in the district. This decision is in line with the latest recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics and it is a historic decision, as ours is the largest district in the country to approve such a move. Check out this Seattle Times article for more information. 

    Congratulations Horacio and Marti and thank you for your hard work!

    Tue, Nov 24 at 11 AM
  • Prof. Emerita Rose Ann Cattolico was recently featured in UW Today for her publication of the genome sequence of the haptophyte Chrysochromulina tobin. The report in the journal PLOS Genetics highlights the sequence's basic importance for studying circadian gene regulation and of potential importance for algal biofuel production. 


    Haptophytes are recognized as seminal players in aquatic ecosystem function. These algae are important in global carbon sequestration, form destructive harmful blooms, and given their rich fatty acid content, serve as a highly nutritive food source to a broad range of eco-cohorts. Haptophyte dominance in both fresh and marine waters is supported by the mixotrophic nature of many taxa. Despite their importance the nuclear genome sequence of only one haptophyte, Emiliania huxleyi (Isochrysidales), is available. Here we report the draft genome sequence of Chrysochromulina tobin (Prymnesiales), and transcriptome data collected at seven time points over a 24-hour light/dark cycle...

    Tue, Nov 24 at 11 AM
  • Prof. Emeritus Johnny Palka has launched a new natural history blog from his Whidbey Island enclave.

    The blog’s primary intended readership is people who love nature but relate to it mainly emotionally, not with the sorts of insights that a biologist has. The idea put forward through the blog is that ones appreciation of, and sense of connection to, nature can be markedly enhanced by knowing more about how nature works.

    Mon, Nov 23 at 3 PM
  • Clemens Cabernard, who will join our faculty next year as an Assistant Professor, has been named an EMBO Young Investigator. The scientists will be supported through a mentoring program, various courses and symposia including the annual “EMBO Young Investigator Meeting” and will be given the opportunity to meet and network with other researchers. With its “Young Investigator program”, EMBO supports outstanding scientists, under forty years of age, who are establishing their career as a research group leader. 
    Congratulations, ClemensHe will be in Seattle in January for grad student recruitment, so you can congratulate him in person then.
    Mon, Nov 23 at 3 PM
  • The latest National Academies Press issue on “Reaching Students: What research says about effective instruction in undergraduate science and engineering” features the work of the Biology Education Research Group (BERG) in Biology 180 on a 3 page spread, as well as being sprinkled about the text (check out UW and Freeman in the index). 

    Check it out here.

    Fri, Nov 13 at 12 PM