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

Tue, Jan 13, 2015
Speaker: Bill Karasov
Title: TBA
Host: Gillooly
Thu, Jan 15, 2015
Speaker: Mark Chappell
Title: TBA
Host: Robinson
Tue, Feb 10, 2015
Speaker: Lacey Knowles
Title: TBA
Host: Graduate Students
Thu, Feb 19, 2015
Speaker: Marissa Gredler, PhD Exit Seminar
Title: TBA
Host: Martin Cohn
Tue, Mar 17, 2015
Speaker: Toto Olivera
Title: TBA
Host: Pauly

News and Events

Decoding the tree of life: UF geneticist contributes to groundbreaking study of bird evolution
Congratulations to Assoc. Professor Edward Braun, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Florida and the UF Genetics Institute, is one of the key scientists who took part in this multi-year project that used nine supercomputers and 400 years of combined computing time to sequence 48 bird genomes representing the 10,500 living species of birds on the planet. Please see links to the three articles: Genome-scale avian phylogeny: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1320.full.pdf Crocodilian genomes: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1254449.full.pdf Avian comparative genomics: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1311.full.pdf [more...]

From our Chair
“Keep calm and study on. Good luck with exams!” [more...]

Congratulations to Joe Pfaller!
One of his studies on epibiont crabs on sea turtles was featured in Smithsonian Science: Click on MORE for the link Best wishes, Karen Bjorndal [more...]

Kudos to our graduate students!
Katrina Cuddy won the the best poster presentation at the recent Florida Genetics Symposium. The title of her poster was “ER localization of a Novel Regulator of Actin Depolymerizing Factor (ADF)”. Wenbin Mei has received a CLAS Dissertation Fellowship funded by the Charles Vincent and Heidi Cole McLaughlin Endowment for Spring 2015. [more...]

The Palmer lab’s latest contribution, recently published in Science,
provides a powerful example of how predators shape the landscapes in which they live. We showed that predators such as African wild dogs and leopards create a "landscape of fear", which determines where herbivores like impala congregate to feed on plants. And where those impala do and do not go has a strong impact on the types of plants you find in different areas. In "scary" areas, lower herbivory allows for less defended plants to predominate. In contrast, in areas of lower predation risk where herbivory is high, better defended and more thorny plants predominate. Thus, predators make savannas less thorny, suggesting that the current declines in predators worldwide can have dramatic and unanticipated consequences for ecosystems. [more...]

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