About the Department
Nate Dappen (former graduate student in the Gaines Lab & postdoc in the Uy Lab) & Neil Losin (postdoc in the Uy Lab), release a new film, "Snows of the Nile", documenting the fate of Africa's last tropical glaciers.Rent or Buy the Documentary
Kevin G. McCracken Named Inaugural James A. Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation.View e-veritas Article
Tropical Biologist, Professor Steve Green, ensures the Department of Biology's Conservation LegacyView e-veritas Article
Graduate students Rebecca Duncan (Wilson Lab) & Allie Graham (McCracken Lab) receive awards for their research from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Saptaparni Bandyopadhyay (Skromne Lab) received a Sigma Xi grant to fund her dissertation work.
Congratulations to all!
Professor Leonel da Silveira Lobo O'Reilly Sternberg and former graduate student Patricia Vendramine Ellsworth published several papers on use of stable isotope analysis to decipher paleoclimate.More Information
Lecturer and Former graduate student, Floria Mora-Kepfer Uy, publish a paper exploring the factors that determine whether foreign members will be accepted or rejected in wasp colonies in Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology.More Information
Professor Don DeAngelis and collaborators, including, former and current graduate students in his lab, publish several papers on food web dynamics, community assembly and invasion biology.More Information
Visiting Assistant Professor and former graduate student, Brandon Diamond, and collaborators publish a paper examining the relationship among different measures of science knowledge among school teachers in Florida Journal of Educational Research.More Information
Kushlan Professor Kevin McCracken and collaborators publish a paper describing how hybridization contributes to high genetic diversity in ducks.More Information
Graduate student Lilliann Zamora and Associate Professor John Lu publish a paper on alcohol-induced morphological deficits of the inner ear in the journal Zebrafish.More Information
Unique Study Abroad Opportunities for Undergraduate Students!!
New Program: B.S./M.S. in Biology
The Department of Biology proudly announces a new program where students can concurrently earn their BS and MS degrees in Biology in a five-year program. The degree requirements for the BS degree are unchanged, and the MS is a research intensive degree to be completed during the Senior year and one additional year.
University of Miami Biology Department
We are an integrative biology department that cultivates interactions that traverse traditional interdisciplinary boundaries. We actively recruit scientists who delight in spanning spatial, temporal and complexity scales from molecular to cellular to organismal to population to ecosystem, using the most powerful approaches to address Biology’s most pressing questions. We pursue research and teaching in four overarching and interactive programs, each focused on issues central to Biology and addressing challenges faced by humanity.
We ask how the nervous system and behavior develop and are maintained, using a gamut of experimental and analytical approaches from molecular and cellular to the complex interplay between cells, tissues and behavior. Our analyses reveal how organisms sense their environment, move and interact. Faculty working in Neuroscience include: Baker, Browne, Chiba, Dallman, Lu, Skromne, Searcy & Tosney.
We ask how inherited and environmental disruptions cause human disease using model organisms that allow us to experimentally uncover their genetic and developmental underpinnings. Faculty working in Biomedicine include: Baker, Dallman, Lu, Prince, Skromne & Wikramanayake.
in the Tropics
We ask how the unparalleled diversity found in the tropics is generated and maintained. We examine interactions at levels ranging from interspecific symbioses to system-wide mega-phenomena. Our approaches include unique applications of genetic, development, physicochemical and modeling techniques. Faculty working in the Tropics include: Browne, DeAngelis, Gaines, Horvitz, Janos, McCracken, Sealey, Searcy, Sternberg, Tosney, Uy & Whitlock.
in Evolutionary Biology
We ask how genes, genomes and the environment interact to produce phenotype, and how processes like natural selection, in turn, act on these diverse forms and behaviors. Faculty working in Evolution include: Browne, McCracken, Uy, Whitlock, Wikramanayake & Wilson.
Within these four programs, we leverage overlapping and complementary model systems that naturally cultivate research collaborations and synergy. These include:
Fish: Dallman, Lu, Prince, Sealey & Skromne.
Birds: Gaines, McCracken, Prince, Searcy, Skromne, Tosney & Uy.
Plants: DeAngelis, Gaines, Horvitz, Janos, Prince, Sternberg & Whitlock.
Invertebrates: Chiba, Baker, Browne, Prince, Wikramanayake & Wilson.
Communities: DeAngelis, Sealey & Uy.
Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and research opportunities and serves the largest College of Arts and Science major, Biology, as well as Marine Science and Neuroscience majors.