The Department of Biology studies life at all levels from molecules to the biosphere to understand the evolution, structure, maintenance and dynamics of biological systems. Our teaching and research provide the integrative and conceptual foundations of the life sciences.

Seminars

Location: 211 Bartram Hall
Time: Tuesdays at 3:30

Tue, Jan 27, 2015
Speaker: Emilio Bruna
Title: What 1.25 million articles tell us about global collaboration among researchers and the scientific impact of nations
Host: Holt & Ponciano
Tue, Feb 03, 2015
Speaker: Matthieu Leray
Title: High throughtput sequencing is transforming our understanding of marine diversity and ecological interactions
Host: Gustav Paulay
Tue, Feb 10, 2015
Speaker: Lacey Knowles
Title: Species divergence shaped by the intersects of ecology and climate change
Host: Graduate Students
Tue, Feb 17, 2015
Speaker: Bruce Rannala
Title: Combining species delimitation and phylogenetic inference
Host: José M. Ponciano
Thu, Feb 19, 2015
Speaker: Marissa Gredler, PhD Exit Seminar. LOCATION: CGRC, room TBA
Title: Development and Evolution of the Urethral Tube.
Host: Martin Cohn

News and Events

Congratulations to our graduate student Tim Crombie!
Tim Crombie has been named the winner of the best student oral presentation for the Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) meeting last month. Tim’s presentation was “Heat and oxidative stress synergize to reduce survival and inhibit expression of stress response genes in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.” And despite what some might surmise from that title, Tim even brought in a bit of ecology to his talk, including a focus on how molecular interactions to stressors could interact to affect niche space. Very cool stuff. [more...]

Graduate students receives NSF DDIG!
Congratulations to Emily Woodruff and Clayton Visger on their NSF DDIG! Emily is coadvised by Marty Cohn and Jonathan Bloch. Clayton Visger is coadvised by Doug Soltis. Great job all! [more...]

Congratulations to Dr. Bruce MacFadden AAAS fellow this year!
Bruce is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to vertebrate paleontology, including the evolution of horses. A member of AAAS whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished and who has been a continuous member for the four year period leading up to the year of nomination, may, by virtue of such meritorious contribution be elected a Fellow by the Council. Examples of areas in which nominees may have made significant contributions are research; teaching; technology; services to professional societies; administration in academe, industry, and government; and communicating and interpreting science to the public. Fellows are elected annually by the AAAS Council from the list of approved nominations from the Section Steering Committees. [more...]

Congratulations to Jack Putz, whose new book of naturalist essays “Finding Home in the Sandy Lands of the South: A Naturalist’s Journey in Florida
New book has just been published and is now available on amazon.com! "The natural history of Florida comes alive in this merry romp through its sandhills and swamps. Join naturalist Jack Putz as he discovers home where the soils are sandy and the accents Southern. Each essay in this series brings alive some aspect of familiar nature in the Sunshine State…" [more...]

Decoding the tree of life: UF geneticist contributes to groundbreaking study of bird evolution
Congratulations to Assoc. Professor Edward Braun, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Florida and the UF Genetics Institute, is one of the key scientists who took part in this multi-year project that used nine supercomputers and 400 years of combined computing time to sequence 48 bird genomes representing the 10,500 living species of birds on the planet. Please see links to the three articles: Genome-scale avian phylogeny: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1320.full.pdf Crocodilian genomes: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1254449.full.pdf Avian comparative genomics: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1311.full.pdf [more...]

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