College of Arts and Sciences

School of Biological Sciences


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 biology and plant biology. 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.

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SBS Seminar Series

Spring 2016 schedule

Advising Walk-in Hours for summer


(Abelson 324):

Tina Krauss - By Appointment

Jenny Lewis - By Appointment



News from SBS

Henning Kunz received the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Early Career Achievement Award.

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Justine Rupp received the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Staff Peer Mentoring Award.

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Shelley McGuire received the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Thomas E. Lutz Teaching Excellence Award.

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Mike Skinner received the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Career Achievement Award.

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Valerie Lynch Holm from the FMIC received the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Civil Service Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Over the past 20+ years, Valerie has taught and helped more than 2000 students and researchers in the operation of high end microscopy equipment.

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Professor Elissa Schwartz is one of seven WSU Faculty to receive the Fourth Annual International Research Travel Awards.

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Professor Joanna Kelley is the inaugural winner of the International Society for Molecular Biology and Evolutions “Junior Award for Independent Research.”

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Alexandra Fraik, a PhD student working with SBS faculty Joanna Kelley and Andrew Storfer, was awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. 

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

The following SBS students won poster presentation awards at SURCA (Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) in the Organismal, Population, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology category:

Crimson awards:

Bernice Klise, mentor Mark Smithson in Mark Dybdahl’s lab, for her poster: “Effects of Maternal Environment on Offspring Success of New Zealand Mud Snail” 

Sonja Werth, mentor Paul Verrell, for her poster: “Does Psychological Stress Predict Telomere Length in Wild Spotted Hyenas (Crocuta crocuta)?”

Austyn Orvis, mentor Kwanhee Kim, on “Phthalate Plasticizers Inhibit Retinoic Acid Receptor Activity Mediated Through Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor Alpha”

Gray award: 

Kayla Titialii, mentor Erica Crespi, for her poster: “A Role for Leptin in Mediating Blastema Formation and Growth in Xenopus laevis Limbs”

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Molly Perchlik from Mechthild Tegeder’s lab won the College of Arts and Sciences Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.  She will receive a $1,000 fellowship for fall 2016.

 [Updated 04/22/2016]


James Santiago, a Ph.D. student in Mechthild Tegeder’s lab just published the following manuscript on nitrogen transport mechanisms in plants:

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Dr. Mike Skinner had the honor of presenting the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Address on Thursday, March 24th.

 [Updated 04/22/2016]

Professor Lisa Carloye will receive the annual President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-tenure Track Faculty at this year’s Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 25th.

 [Updated 03/16/2016]

SBS Academic Advisor Tina Krauss received the Region 8 Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) Outstanding New Academic Advisor award for 2016.

[Updated 03/16/2016]

School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, PO Box 644236, Pullman WA 99164-4236, 509-335-3553, Contact Us
The SBS main office is located in 312 Abelson Hall on the Pullman campus.