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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.
SBS Seminar Series
Spring 2015 schedule
All seminars are in Abelson Hall Room 201 at 4:10 pm.
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
Asaph Cousins has been awarded an Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professorship.
Christine Portfors has been awarded a Herbert L. Eastlick Distinguished Professorship.
Dena Grossenbacher recently joined the School of Biological Sciences as a postdoc in the Busch lab. Dena uses field studies and comparative methods to understand the evolution of plant reproduction and species' geographic ranges.
Nick Norton, a 2014 Master’s graduate of the Busch lab, had his thesis work featured on the cover of the journal Evolution: Reproductive character displacement shapes a spatially structured petal color polymorphism in Leavenworthia stylosa. Evolution 69:1191-1207.
PhD Candidate Bobbi Johnson was selected as a finalist in the Best Student Paper Competition of the American Fisheries Society. The twenty finalists will present research talks in a special competitive symposium at the society's annual conference in Portland, OR which is taking place in August 2015.
Professor Michael Skinner is the new editor in chief for Environmental Epigenetics, a new open access journal from Oxford University Press.
Professor Omar Cornejo was featured in last month’s edition of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences Connect magazine.
Two SBS graduate students from the Crespi Lab received Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research grants to support their doctoral dissertation research: Emily Hall received an award for her proposal titled, "Does road salt influence the probability of disease-associated die-offs of larval amphibians," and Marietta Easterling received an award for her proposal titled, "Examining the effects of leptin on developing and regenerating limbs in Xenopus laevis tadpoles."
The Biology Graduate Students Association has been selected to receive the President’s Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD).
Scott Mitchell received a “Gray Award” in the recent WSU Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) for his poster: Mitchell, S, S. Anderson and R.D. Evans. Determining rate of δ15N change in three common lichen species with shifts in the δ15N of source nitrogen.
Justin Poinsatte, a graduate student in the Evans Lab, won first place in the student poster competition at the Northwest Science Association meetings for his poster: Poinsatte, J., Anderson, S.M., Harlow, B., and R.D. Evans. Snowpack as a reservoir of nitrogen deposition in subalpine ecosystems of the Cascades.
SBS graduate student, Sarah Anderson, a student in the Evans lab, was awarded a Golding Family Fellowship in Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences in the amount of $3,000. This award was established by the Golding family to provide support for graduate women in the physical and life sciences.
Professor Kathy Beerman’s recent student trip to Guatemala for spring break was included in the April edition of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences Connect magazine.
Former Professor Charlotte Omoto was highlighted in the latest edition of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences Connect magazine.
Professor Omar Cornejo was recently published in the January 2015 journal Genome Biology and Evolution. The article, entitled "Genome-wide patterns of genetic polymorphism and signatures of selection in Plasmodium vivax," was then highlighted in the "News and Analysis / Genome Watch" section of Nature Reviews in Microbiology. http://www.nature.com/nrmicro/journal/v13/n4/full/nrmicro3458.html