Faculty in the Department of Biology maintain active research programs in a range of sub-disciplines in biology. Areas of research strength can be categorized as three overlapping areas of focus: Structure and Function, Biodiversity and Evolution, and Ecology and Environment. Research in these areas frequently spans categories of organisms (including plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and other microbes), structural scale (ranging from sub-cellular units to organisms and ecosystems), and disciplinary boundaries (including aspects of fields such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, sociology, and beyond).
We consider a diversity of research programs to be a key underpinning of an engaged and exciting departmental culture and strive to maintain that diversity among our faculty. You can find more details about research within a specific topic area, or for individual faculty research programs below.