Biology research at Akron
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
Faculty Research Spotlight: Dr. Henry Astley
We asked the Biology Department's newest professor, Dr. Astley, a couple of questions about his research. Check out his responses!
Describe your research.
My research focuses on the biomechanics of animal locomotion, at the intersection between biology and physics. In order to move through their environment, animals must use physiological processes to generate force, transmit this force via the musculoskeletal system and morphology, and control it via the nervous system, all while navigating through sometimes mechanically complex and heterogeneous environments. I use a variety of systems to study these principles, including snakes, frogs, and early tetrapods. [Read 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..
Biological Problems for Undergraduate Students Request Sheets
Biology Department News
Biomimicry professor receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award
Dr. Henry Astley, a faculty member of the Biomimicry Research & Innovation Center, will use his grant for a project that studies musculoskeletal biomechanics and control of limbless locomotion.
Stream + Wetlands supports outdoor education program at UA
The Board of Trustees of the Stream + Wetlands Foundation has made a three-year commitment to support the environmental education program at the University of Akron Field Station at Bath Nature Preserve.
Ready to leave 2020 behind? Here’s what UA experts predict for 2021
We are so ready to say goodbye to 2020. But what is ahead for us in the new year? We once again asked several University of Akron experts to share their predictions for 2021. As usual, they had a lot to say.
Breath of fresh air: UA Field Station offers in-person and virtual field experiences
In the midst of the pandemic, one of the best things you can do is get outside and take a breath of fresh air — or, at least, immerse yourself in the greenest wilds of cyberspace.
Society dedicated to the study of caves honors professor for a lifetime of achievement
Dr. Hazel Barton, professor of biology and director of the Integrated Bioscience Ph.D. program, was named the 2020 recipient of the National Speleological Society Science Award. Barton’s research is geared toward understanding microbially-driven processes in cave environments.