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Thanks for visiting the website of the School of Biological Sciences (SBS).

Our faculty and students are engaged in exciting research, insightful education, and important public outreach that cover widely the range of biology.

  • For undergraduate students, SBS is the home to majors in biology and zoology, and each of those majors includes various options. Those options provide opportunities for students interested in health sciences, including pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, and pre-physical therapy tracks.
  • For graduate students, SBS offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in botany and zoology. We have excellent educational and research facilities.
  • Using the links on this homepage you can discover more about experiences in SBS and the education and research opportunities we offer. We hope you will explore our website and please feel welcome to visit us on campus.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Biology Courses

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SBS Seminar Series

Fall 2014 schedule
All seminars are in Abelson Hall Room 201 at 4:10 pm.

Opportunities

PhD Fellowships available
NSF IGERT Program
Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE). Interdisciplinary research focused on nitrogen cycle processes in the environment integrated with experiential learning of public policy.

News from SBS

Professor Donna Holmes had three articles published in the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Human Biology. Holmes, D.J. and A.C. Cohen. 299. Overview. Aging and Gerontology. In M. Simon and J. Abelson, Editors. Encyclopedia of Human Biology, 3rd Edition. Elsevier Press, Oxford (in press). A.C.
Cohen and D.J. Holmes. 666. Aging: Evolution. In M. Simon and J. Abelson, Editors. Encyclopedia of Human Biology, 3rd Edition. Elsevier Press, Oxford (in press).
Holmes, D.J. 319. Sex and gender differences in health, longevity and aging. In M. Simon and J. Abelson, Editors. Encyclopedia of Human Biology, 3rd Edition. Elsevier Press, Oxford (in press).

 [Updated 09/10/2014]

In 2014, Professor Donna Holmes was elected the 2016 Chair-elect of the Biological Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America and will visit with them in Washington, DC in November. She will begin organizing the annual meeting of GSA in fall of 2015. She was also appointed to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Aging Association and attended their annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. She was the Keynote Speaker at the Graduate Student Awards Reception at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and presented at BGSU on “Human aging and health in evolutionary medical perspective.”

 [Updated 09/10/2014]

Dr. Michael Skinner was awarded the Eastlick Distinguished Professorship.

 [Updated 09/10/2014]

Graduate students Jamie Gehring and Kim Rigano co-authored an article with Professor Charlie Robbins, that was published as the cover piece for Cell Metabolism: "Grizzly Bears Exhibit Augmented Insulin Sensitivity while Obese Prior to a Reversible Insulin Resistance during Hibernation," http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/abstract/S1550-4131(14)00316-7 . WSU Drs. Nelson, Jansen, and Robbins were authors on the paper, as were Kim Rigano and I. The story was covered by over a dozen agencies, including NPR, the BBC, the London Times, CNBC and the Guardian.

 [Updated 09/10/2014]

A study led by Professor Elissa Schwartz on the 2009 H1N1 influenza epidemic in Pullman was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Washington State magazine entitled “Nasty Epidemic, Neat Science” (located at http://wsm.wsu.edu/s/index.php?id=1133). Coauthors of this study include SBS graduate student Therese Jones, Mathematics Professor Sergey Lapin, and Mathematics graduate students Lydia Miller and Mindy Morgan. Professor Schwartz was invited to speak on this work this summer at the Society for Mathematical Biology annual meeting in Osaka, Japan and presented a talk entitled “Individual-based computational model used to explain 2009 pandemic H1N1 in rural campus community” (pictured below).
Professor Schwartz also published the paper “Identifying the conditions under which antibodies protect against infection by equine infectious anemia virus.” in Vaccines 2:397-421, available at http://www.mdpi.com/2076-393X/2/2/397.

 [Updated 08/27/2014]

Graduate student Bobbi Johnson, Dr. Brian Kemp, and Dr. Gary Thorgaard recently received a $24,000 award from Washington Sea Grant, in conjunction with NOAA, to expand their work investigating Chinook salmon using ancient, historic, and modern genetic samples.

 [Updated 08/27/2014]

Professor Erica Crespi and her graduate student Maggie Unkefer recently published an invited article, titled Development of food intake controls: neuroendocrine and environmental regulation of food intake during early life, in the Energy Homeostasis in Context issue of Hormones and Behavior that came out in June 2014 Vol.66(1):74-85. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.04.004.
She co-authored, with graduate student Marietta Easterling, on a recently published article that resulted from a symposium lead by Crespi at the North American Society for Comparative Endocrinology 2013 annual meeting: Comparative endocrinology of leptin: Assessing function in a phylogenetic context, was co-authored by Londraville RL, Macotela Y, Duff RJ, Easterling MR, Liu Q, Crespi EJ. General and Comparative Endocrinology doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2014.02.002. [Epub ahead of print]

 [Updated 08/27/2014]

Emily Hall, a PhD candidate working in the lab of Erica Crespi, was awarded a highly competitive EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship, which funds Emily's stipend, tuition, and research expenses for 2 years. Emily's proposal, titled "The effects of road salt on amphibian disease dynamics in Northeastern US," was one of the few awarded from the Safe and Healthy Communities: Ecosystem Services--Aquatic Systems Ecology section of the National Center for Environmental Research.

 [Updated 08/27/2014]

Dr. Michael Skinner published several articles over the summer and his research has been highlighted in the online journal, Science.
Kabasenche WP, and Skinner MK (2014) DDT, Epigenetic Harm, and Transgenerational Environmental Justice. Environmental Health 13:62.
Michael K. Skinner (2014) Environmentally Induced Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance: Ancestral Ghosts in your Genome. Scientific American Vol. 311, Issue 2.
Mohan Manikkam, M. Muksitul Haque, Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna, Eric E. Nilsson, Michael K. Skinner (2014) Pesticide methoxychlor promotes the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of adult onset disease and sperm epimutations through the female germline. PLOS ONE 9(7)e102091.

 [Updated 08/27/2014]

Professor Dave Evans co-authored two publications, along with former SBS post-docs, Koyama, Sonderegger and Jin. Evans, R.D., A. Koyama*, D.L. Sonderegger*, T.N. Charlet, B.A. Newingham, L.F. Fenstermaker, B. Harlow, V.L. Jin*, K. Ogle, S.D. Smith and R.S. Nowak. 2014. Greater ecosystem carbon in the Mojave Desert after ten years exposure to elevated CO2. Nature Climate Change. 4:394-397.
Adam et al. 2014. BioEarth: Envisioning and Developing a New Regional Earth System Model to Inform Natural and Agricultural Resource Management. Climatic Change. Published online April 2014.

 [Updated 08/27/2014]

Botany PhD candidate, Justin Poinsatte, along with professor Dave Evans, received a National Park Service grant for $12,500, for community-specific biogeochemical responses to atmospheric nitrogen deposition in subalpine ecosystems of the Cascade Range.

 [Updated 08/27/2014]

SBS Botany PhD Daniel Mullendore and Professor Michael Knoblauch published in Nature Communications the article "CHOLINE TRANSPORTER-LIKE1 is required for sieve plate development to mediate long-distance cell-to-cell communication."

 [Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Jesse Brunner received a $10,000 grant from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians to validate methods for detecting emerging Ranavirus pathogens of animals.  Professor Brunner was also a coauthor of three recent papers: "Detection of the emerging amphibian pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Ranavirus in Russia" in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (110: 235-240), "Prevalence of human-active and variant 1 strains of the tick-borne pathogen Anaplasma phagocytophilum in hosts and forests of eastern North America” in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0525), and "Co-infection of blacklegged ticks with Babesia microti and Borrelia burgdorferi is higher than expected and acquired from small mammal hosts” in PLoS One (9(6):e99348).

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Eric Roalson, SBS graduate student Josh Rosnow, and Emeritus Regents Professor Gerry Edwards recently published the article "Positive selection of Kranz and non-Kranz C4 phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase amino acids in Suaedoideae (Chenopodiaceae) in the  Journal of Experimental Botany (65: 3595–3607).  Professor Roalson was also a coauthor of the paper "Notes on the typification and nomenclature of Salsola and Kali (Chenopodiaceae) published in Taxon (63: 647–650).

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Dr. John Clark, who earned his PhD in Botany in SBS, has been appointed Executive Director of the Center for Plant Conservation (http://www.centerforplantconservation.org/), a non-profit organization that works with botanical gardens and arboreta to conserve imperiled plants of the United States and Canada.

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Joanna Kelley recently published the article "Compact genome of the Antarctic midge is likely an adaptation to an extreme environmentin Nature Communications.  You can read coverage of this research by WSU, the BBC and Yahoo News by clicking these links.

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Michelle (Shelley) McGuire traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh this summer to deliver a keynote lecture entitled "Maximizing Nutrition During Pregnancy for Maternal Health" to a large group of local physicians dedicated to improving the health of Bangladeshi women and infants.

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Michelle (Shelley) McGuire gave the invited presentation "Human Milk and Microbes: Exploring a New Avenue in Infant Research" at the Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium at the University of Idaho.  Janae Mosely (MS in Zoology, 2014) an advisee of Dr. McGuire’s, was awarded the top prize for her poster presentation entitled "A comparison of bacterial communities in feces of breastfed infants determined by 454 pyrosequencing and Illumina MiSeq."

[Updated 08/12/2014]


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