• Biology's own Shirley Malcom (PhD, 1969) has been named to the US News STEM Leadership Hall of FameShirley was last year’s Mindlin Lecturer in Biology and delivered a truly inspiring recounting of her life story.  Many thanks to Katherine Reinleitner for sponsoring the Mindlin Lecture series and congratulations to Shirley! We are so proud to have such wonderful alumni!


    Fri, May 29 at 12 PM
  • Profs. Carl Bergstrom and Ben Kerr were recently published in a News & Views piece in Nature, entitled "Microbiology: Taking the bad with the good". Their research reveals that interactions between antibiotic production and antibiotic degradation are key to maintaining diversity in microbial communities. 

    Figure 1: Cyclical dynamics in a 'rock–paper–scissors' game with public goods.

    Fri, May 22 at 3 PM
  • Biology Prof. Christian Sidor and graudate student Brandon Peecook were published in PLOS One for their discovery of Washington State's first (and only?) dinosaur! Congratulations guys!

    Check out the coverage they have received: PLOS One publication, UW Today article, NW News coverage, KUOW article, Seattle Times article

    Thu, May 21 at 3 PM
  • From Department Chair, Toby Bradshaw: 

    Please join me in congratulating Professor Bill Moody, who has won this year’s Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award from the UW’s Tolo Chapter.  As the Director of UW’s undergraduate Neurobiology program, Bill continues to teach a lab-intensive course that students find immensely rewarding.  I find it especially impressive that this award comes almost 30 years after Bill won the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (1986) — a sustained record of outstanding teaching and mentorship to which we can all aspire.  Well done, Bill!

    Wed, May 13 at 10 AM
  • Another example of art + science: Deed of Gift was one outcome from the sabbatical year of Associate Professor Jennifer Nemhauser, who recently received funding from NSF that will support an artist residency in her lab each of the next three years.

    In collaboration with her partner, Matt Offenbacher, an artist who recently won the $25,000 Neddy at Cornish, Nemhauser began a conceptual artwork piece called Deed of Gift that consisted of buying works by women and queer artits for the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). The process of collecting the art is art in itself. 

    Check out their feature in a recent issue the Stranger and a conversation piece in Vignettes.

    “So good it could have been made by a man” is something a man told artist Victoria Haven, who is half of Daft Kuntz.

    Mon, May 11 at 11 AM
  • Young penguin lover, Zachary Touger spoke at a TEDxYouth event about how he became interested in learning more about penguins and the unique penguins that live north of the equator. His fundraising efforts, Pennies for a Penguin, will go to support Biology's Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels.

    Check out the video here.

    Thu, May 7 at 4 PM
  • Associate Prof. Janneke Hille Ris Lambers is featured in a Perspectives piece in Science, highlighting a paper on extinction risk due to climate change. 

    Read the full paper here

    In addition to climate change, habitat transformation, invasive species, and pathogens also threaten amphibians like the Cascades frog, Rana cascadae (811). PHOTO: BRAD MITCHELL/ALAMY

    Fri, May 1 at 9 AM
  • Prof. Keiko Torii has won the prestigious Saruhashi Prize, awarded annually to an outstanding female scientist who also has distinguished herself as a mentor of early-career women.  Keiko’s innovative research on the development and patterning of differentiating plant cells has garnered worldwide recognition (e.g., 2008 JSPS Prize, HHMI-GBMF Investigator).  The Saruhashi Prize additionally honors Keiko’s skillful and supportive mentoring of postdoctoral researchers, particularly her guidance in maintaining a healthy work-life balance for new mothers. 

    Congratulations Keiko! This news was picked up by UW Today!

    Mon, Apr 27 at 9 AM
  • Prof. Bille Swalla, Director of Friday Harbor Labs, was recently featured on KPLU's Sound Effect, Episode 14: Creatures. Check out the audio here (about 31 minutes in) 

    The ancestors of comb jellies such as Mnemiopsis leidyi may have been among the earliest creatures in the animal kingdom. PC: William Browne/Univ. of Miami 

    Mon, Apr 13 at 4 PM
  • Prof. Keiko Torii was selected by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) to receive a 2015 Fellow of ASPB Award! Additionally, Keiko is currently serving on the ASPB Early Career Award Committee. Congratulations Keiko!

    The full award announcement can be found here.

    Dr. Keiko Torii, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Washington, Seattle For the past 15 years, Keiko has been studying the role of receptor-like kinases in plant development and the mechanisms controlling stomata formation. Her research on stomata formation has greatly improved our understanding of how plant cells coordinate proliferation and differentiation to generate specific patterns during organ morphogenesis. In addition to her research accomplishments, she is a monitoring editor for PlantPhysiology and editor-in-chief of The Arabidopsis Book (TAB).

    Thu, Apr 9 at 9 AM
  • Graduate student from the Hille Ris Lambers Lab, Elinore Theobald, and members of the Biology Education Research Group were published in the April 2015 issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. A great example of interdisciplinary and collaborative spirit of the Biology Department!

    Women learn more from local than global examples of the biological impacts of climate change (full text)

    Elinore J TheobaldAlison CroweJanneke HilleRisLambersMary P Wenderoth, and Scott Freeman


    Are students influenced more by analyzing local or global examples of the biological impacts of climate change? Using a randomized trial in a large, introductory undergraduate biology course, we found that a single in-class activity led to a 45% increase in the frequency of correct answers on a test of conceptual understanding. Additionally, after completion of the activity, students more strongly believed that climate change would alter their lives, were more willing to modify their own behavior, and indicated more support for government action to address climate change. There was also a robust gender effect on the influence of local versus global examples: females learned better if they studied local examples. Women reported greater willingness to alter their behavior than men, and students with higher university grades were more likely to support government action to mitigate climate change. Our findings support the use of local examples in curricula and illustrate the power of large, randomized trials in determining effective methods in climate-change education.


    Fri, Apr 3 at 11 AM
  • UW News featured a new paper out by Jim Murray (Oceanography) and many other UW students, staff and faculty, including Biology Prof. Emily Carrington and first year grad Molly (Emily) Roberts. Our inland waters at FHL are naturally high in CO2, with current levels as high as those projected for the open ocean 100 years from now. Read more about it here.


    Measurements were collected from the dock at Friday Harbor Labs, which also is used for experiments that simulate future ocean acidification levels. Water was also collected from the pumphouse, the small brown building in the background on the left.J. Meyer 

    Tue, Mar 17 at 9 AM
  • Chair, Toby Bradshaw presented the pre-design for the new Life Sciences Complex at the first Organizational Excellence Showcase. In addition to LSC, Principal Lecturers Mary Pat Wenderoth and Alison Crowe presented well-attended posters on active learning and the “Bio-Core” principles taught across the Biology undergrad curriculum.

    Way-to-go Biology! Read the article here

    Toby Bradshaw shows the designs for the new Life Sciences Building, set to begin construction in 2016.Quinn Brown/University of Washington

    Wed, Mar 11 at 8 AM
  • The Leopold Pollen and Seed Laboratory, headed by Prof. Emeritus Estella Leopold, took the top spot as the "greenest lab" in the 2014 - 2015 UW College of Arts & Sciences Green Laboratory Competition!

    Check out their feature here. Congratulations, we're so proud to have such amazing people in our Department!

    Tue, Mar 3 at 10 AM
  • In a series of interviews with profiles of prominent biologists featured in Current Biology, University of Maine Prof. Bob Steneck names Biology's Prof. Emeritus Bob Paine as his "Scientific Hero"!

    "Bob Paine tops my list. He taught me how to ‘read’ natural ecological systems. He has made a career out of finding generally important phenomena from small-scale observations. His work, his students and those (like me) who were influenced by his approach, have changed how we see natural communities and ecosystems."

    We're so proud to have such amazing faculty!  Check out the full interview here.

    Mon, Mar 2 at 9 AM