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.


in Neuroscience

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.


in Biomedicine

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 Human Health 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 & 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.