Research projects are a big part of the activity in the Department of Biology. Faculty and student research spans from molecules, cells, organisms and their interactions with the environment. Take a look at some of the projects that our graduate students are working on right now. Learn more..
Research Spotlight: Biology
Biologist Shares Research Discoveries in China
Dr. Bruce Cushing, professor of biology in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, is well known in the neuroscience community for his research on the mechanisms that regulate social behavior. Cushing’s expertise led to invitations to participate in two programs in China with other top scientists in behavior and neuroscience from around the world. Learn More
There are many opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and faculty to advance and share their understanding of biology. We have several colloquia and reading groups that meet regularly during each semester. Learn more..
Biology Department News
When did feathered dinosaurs become warm-blooded?
A new discovery by UA biologist Matthew Shawkey and international research team shows pigment cell shape holds the secret.
UA researchers trace bat killer’s path
White-Nose Syndrome poses the threat of regional extinction of North American bats, which in turn has a potential impact on agriculture.
One of the 'most awesome' labs in America is right here at UA
Microbiologist and geologist Hazel Barton's lab is featured as one of the top 10 most awesome undergraduate research labs by Popular Science.
PBS' 'Nature' seeks answers to mysteries of spider silk in UA labs
How do Darwin's bark spiders make one of the world's largest known webs? UA biologist Todd Blackledge is working to unlock their secrets for real world applications, and "Nature" viewers will see what he's learned.
African starlings: dashing darlings of the bird world in more ways than one
Feathers that change color 10 times faster than ancestors led to the birth of new species and increased its survivability.