The Department of Biology studies life at all levels from molecules to the biosphere to understand the evolution, structure, maintenance and dynamics of biological systems. Our teaching and research provide the integrative and conceptual foundations of the life sciences.

Seminars

Location: 211 Bartram Hall
Time: Tuesdays at 3:30

Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Speaker: Kiona Ogle
Title: TBA
Host: UF Biology
Thu, Aug 28, 2014
Speaker: Van Savage
Title: TBA
Host: UF Biology
Tue, Sep 09, 2014
Speaker: Caitlin Gabor
Title: TBA
Host: Texas State
Tue, Dec 02, 2014
Speaker: Dan Ksepka
Title: TBA
Host: Kimball
Thu, Dec 04, 2014
Speaker: Rob Guralnick
Title: TBA
Host: Reed

News and Events

Celebrate the continued excellence of Michelle Mack and her recent paper in Nature
Thermokarst lakes formed across vast regions of Siberia and Alaska during the last deglaciation and are thought to be a net source of atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide during the Holocene epoch1. However, the same thermokarst lakes can also sequester carbon5, and it remains uncertain whether carbon uptake by thermokarst lakes can offset their greenhouse gas emissions. Here we use field observations of Siberian permafrost exposures, radiocarbon dating and spatial analyses to quantify Holocene carbon stocks and fluxes in lake sediments overlying thawed Pleistocene-aged permafrost. We find that carbon accumulation in deep thermokarst-lake sediments since the last deglaciation is about 1.6 times larger than the mass of Pleistocene-aged permafrost carbon released as greenhouse gases when the lakes first formed. . [more...]

How did the peacock get his eyespots? An exciting paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B from the Kimball lab, including our own Kelly Meiklejohn as well as Rebecca Kimball and Ed Braun, will tell you more!
Lots of cool press releases, too. nat geo: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/15/birds-peacocks-eyespots-animals-evolution-science/ physorg: http://t.co/AiduKrQnGi science mag sifter: http://t.co/T9Y9ruSkqk [more...]

Biology Faculty Awarded NIH RO1 Grant
Congratulations to Associate Professor Charles Baer (PI), Assistant Professor Jose Miguel Ponciano (co-investigator) and Dr. Erik Andersen (Northwestern University, co-investigator) on their new NIH grant titled "Direct determination of the distribution of fitness effects of spontaneous mutations in Caenorhabditis elegans” for $1.4 million over 4 years, (effective date on 07/01/2014). [more...]

UFRF Professorship Award
Michelle Mack, Ph.D. Professor of Biology has received a UF Research Foundation Professorship Award. The term of the professorship is from 2014-2016. Congratulations Michelle! [more...]

UF Superior Accomplishment Awards
Mike Frick and Mike Gunter were recognized today as recipients of the UF Superior Accomplishment Awards. These awards recognize staff who do meritorious service and go above and beyond their standard jobs to enhance UF and enrich the lives of our students, staff and faculty. In addition, Mike Frick received the Jeffrey A Gabor Employee Recognition Award, one of the top Superior Accomplishment Awards (these top awards are given to only 16 UF employees each year). Congratulations to Mike & Mike for their outstanding contributions to Biology and UF! [more...]

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