• The work of Reserach Prof. Megan Dethier was featured in UW Today and on KUOW recently, showing the cumulative effects of shoreline armoring on the ecosystem. Congratulations to Megan and the entire team she assembled for these studies, published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science!

    A seawall along Harbor Avenue Southwest in West Seattle PC//H. Shipman

    Fri, Apr 22 at 1 PM
  • Some animals are more equal than others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades -- it is widely known that UW Biology Prof. Emeritus Robert Paine has had an incredible impact on ecology and how we think about it today. This short film by HHMI tells the story of how the concepts of keystone species and trophic cascades were first established through the pinoeering experiments of two young researchers, Bob Paine and James Estes. 

    Fri, Apr 22 at 12 PM
  • The 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellows have been announced, and UW Biology is well represented! 

    NSF award:
    Ryan McGee
    NSF honorable mention:
    Kelsie Morioka
    Ryo Okubo
    Molly Phillips
    Luke Weaver
    Megan Whitney
    Gideon Dunster
    Ethan Linck
    Katie Stanchak
    Will King
    Congratulations everyone!
    Wed, Apr 6 at 1 PM
  • Congratulations to graduate student Ethan Linck (Klicka lab), named a 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow! 

    Mon, Apr 4 at 10 AM
  • Teaching assistant in environmental and forest sciences and Botany Greenhouse docent, Jorge Tomasevic, received a 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, giving a shout out to our outreach programs -- "Thank you for giving me the chance to expand my teaching skills with such diverse audiences as the ones coming to the Botany Greenhouse and the Medicinal Herb Garden!" 

    Congratulations Jorge! 

    Fri, Apr 1 at 9 AM
  • Prof. and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Christian Sidor was exclusively quoted in Nature on the impact of NSF's recent announcement regarding the indefinite suspension of funding to maintain biological research collections. 

    The Field Museum's extensive collection of eggshells helped to reveal the destructive power of the pesticide DDT.

    Wed, Mar 30 at 11 AM
  • Abigail Swann, assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Department of Biology and Alex Gagnon, assistant professor with the School of Oceanography, each recently received an Early Faculty Development (CAREER) Program Award from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious award is given to support junior faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research,” according to the NSF.

    Congratulations Abby! 

    Thu, Mar 24 at 1 PM
  • We are excited to share the wonderful news that Principal Lecturer Linda Martin-Morris has won a 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award!  Linda devotes an extraordinary amount of her life to her students and they appreciate it deeply. Even in her largest classes, Linda takes the time to get to know every student personally. She has had a lifelong impact on thousands of students over the decades.
    In addition to the outstanding experience that Linda provides for her students, she has also:
    1) pioneered flipped classrooms (and for that was nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology)
    2) ported her beloved BIOL 100 to the UW in the High Schools Program, serving high schoolers and their teachers in rural Washington
    3) served as the faculty mentor for the Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society, and
    4) chaired Biology’s Diversity Committee
    Congratulations Linda! Mark your calendars for the afternoon of 9 June, when Linda will receive her Distinguished Teaching Award (exact time and location TBD)
    Wed, Mar 23 at 10 AM
  • Congratulations to Prof. Claudia Mills, who has had the honor of one of the most beautiful deep sea jellies discovered by MBARI named after her. The jelly has been named Crossota millsae. Please check out it’s beauty and unusual reproductive model!

    Tue, Mar 15 at 9 AM
  • Why does a penguin visit a Brazilian fisherman every year? Dee comments on their cute relationship in the Christian Science Monitor. 

    Fri, Mar 11 at 12 PM
  • Daniel Promislow's work on aging and lifespan in dogs is featured in a MYNorthWest article. According to him and his collaborators, this drug therapy could extend the life of dogs while keeping them healthier, longer!


    Professor Daniel Promislow, left, and Professor Matt Kaeberlein pose with their pups. 

    Wed, Mar 9 at 11 AM
  • Adam Summer's collaboration with English students to create a science communication video takes first place in a competition that culminated during this year's Ocean Sciences Meeting. Check out the video here!


    Tue, Mar 8 at 10 AM
  • "Why does it matter how students in an intro biology class view each other?"

    Alison Crowe's interview with Bill Radke for The Record about classroom gender bias aired on March 1st. Check out the full interview here, Alison's segment starts at 10:20.

    Thu, Mar 3 at 10 AM
  • Prof. Hille Ris Lambers and grad student Elli Theobald recently published a paper in the American Journal of Botany on plant-pollinator interactions across an elevational range. Elli's photograph was also chosen as this issue's cover! 

    Erythronium montanum (Liliaceae) is one of the first plants to flower after the snow melts in the subalpine meadows of Mount Rainier National Park (Washington, USA). As such, its reproduction may be limited by interactions with its pollinators if they have not yet emerged in the spring, especially at high elevations. In this way, could the range limits of E. montanum be determined by interactions with its pollinators? 

    Thu, Feb 25 at 4 PM
  • Please join us in congratulating Bing Brunton, who has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Fellowship for early career scientists!  Bing has catalyzed a productive partnership among Biology, the UW eScience Institute, and the WRF-funded UW Institute for Neuroengineering, so all of us can bask in her reflected glory.  

    Congratulations Bing! 

    Tue, Feb 23 at 9 AM
  • Prof. Sam Wasser was a keynote speaker at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting this year. He spoke about techniques used to bring down kingpins in the illegal elephant ivory trade and, looking to the future, extending those efforts to protect other endangered species as well. 

    Check out GeekWire coverage of Sam's address here

    Thu, Feb 18 at 10 AM
  • “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