• Mark Hay Earns Regents Professor Title
    Congratulations to Mark Hay, School of Biology Professor who was recently named Regents Professor by the Board of Regents for exceptional contributions in education and research.
  • Professor Marc Weissburg Awarded $2.5 Million RIPS Grant
    Congratulations to Dr. Marc Weissburg Professor of Biology who, along with a team of multidisciplinary investigators, has been awarded a $2.5 million dollar grant to develop approaches for sustainable and resilient infrastructure.
  • Professors Mark Hay and Danielle Dixson talk about their research in Fiji and why marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished areas recover. The research was featured on the cover of the journal Science.
  • Dr. Joel Kostka, a Professor jointly appointed in Biology and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, was recently awarded $1.0 million in research grants by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study the microbially-mediated carbon cycle in boreal or northern peatlands. Peatlands sequester one-third of all soil carbon and currently act as major sinks of atmospheric CO2.

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Researchers have developed a new informatics technology that analyzes existing data repositories of protein modifications and 3D protein structures to help scientists identify and target research on “hotspots” most likely to be important for biological function.

Posted on Jun 28 2015 - 5:45pm.

Dr. Will Ratcliff, Assistant Professor in the School of Biology, has been awarded a $275,000, 3 year grant from the National Science Foundation, Evolutionary genetics program. The central question motivating this research is how do simple organisms evolve into complex organisms? The origin of organisms composed of more than one cell (i.e., multicellular organisms) was one of a few major events in the history of life that created new opportunities for more complex biological systems, such as plants and animals, to evolve. However, understanding how and why this kind of complexity has increased in some lineages remains a major challenge for evolutionary biology.

Posted on May 14 2015 - 2:38pm.

Dr. Joel Kostka’s research group has a paper soon to be published in the International Society for Microbial Ecology journal entitled “Metabolic potential of fatty acid oxidation and anaerobic respiration by abundant members of Thaumarchaeota and Thermoplasmata in deep anoxic peat”. It is an important contribution because archaea are thought to play a key role in the microbial carbon cycle of peatlands, which store close to one-third of all soil carbon.  One reviewer commented, "The value of this communication is immense for the understanding of bioactive carbon sequestration as the representatives of both phyla account for the vast majority of the microbial community in peat bogs."

Posted on Apr 8 2015 - 9:51am.

Dr. Frank Stewart was awarded $540,000 in March 2015 by the Simons Foundation to investigate the microbiomes of reef fish. The Simons Foundation has made ocean processes and ecology one of their priority areas for investigation. They have initiated a Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE) that will measure, model and experimentally manipulate a complex system representative of a broad swath of the North Pacific Ocean. This collaboration aims to advance our understanding of the biology, ecology and biogeochemistry of microbial processes that dominate the global ocean.  A central premise of SCOPE is that we must study the ocean ecosystem in situ, at a variety of levels of biological organization (e.g., genetic, biochemical, physiological, biogeochemical and ecological), and at highly resolved, nested scales of space and time in order to fully describe and model it.

Posted on Mar 18 2015 - 1:13pm.


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