ECU Biology Archives

Jan 18, 2024
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ECU’s BS Biochemistry program awarded with ASBMB Accreditation

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) recently reviewed and approved a request for the accreditation of ECU’s BS in Biochemistry degree. ASBMB has accredited more than 100...

Jan 05, 2024
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Seminars Spring 2024

The Department of Biology will hold online or hybrid (in person and online) seminars during Spring 2024 semester.  Please contact Dr. Xiaoping Pan, Seminar Committee chair, for details.

Dec 20, 2023
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Two ECU Undergraduates receive travel award from the Genetics Society of America

Two Harriot College undergraduates, Ms. Lindsay Swain (B.S. Biology, B.S. Public Health December 2023) and Mr. William “Gage” Outlaw (B.S. Biology, anticipated May 2024) recently received the Victoria Finnerty Award...

Dec 19, 2023
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Biology faculty published book on the natural history of Earth’s ancient lakes

Dr. Jeff McKinnon (Biology) recently published a book entitled Our Ancient Lakes: A Natural History with MIT Press. This is a wonderful book that relays the interesting natural history of...

Dec 19, 2023
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Biology faculty co-edits book on the “Parasites of Biological Invasions”

Dr. April MH Blakeslee (Biology) recently co-edited a scientific book entitled “Parasites and Biological Invasions” (CABI press, 2023), which was authored by leading researchers in the field. Compiling information on...

Sep 19, 2023
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Research In Progress (RIP) Seminar Series – Fall 2023

Our RIP series is designed to give up-and-coming biologists a chance to practice their presentation skills in a formal, but friendly environment. RIP speakers consist of both invited speakers and...

Sep 07, 2023
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Seminars Fall 2023

The Department of Biology will hold online or in-person seminars during Fall 2023 semester.  All in-person seminars are located in Life Sciences and Biotechnology 1006. Links for online-only seminars will...

Jul 21, 2023
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Biology faculty wins Dean’s Early Career Award

Dr. Heather Vance-Chalcraft, Assistant Professor of Biology, was announced as the recipient of the 2023 Dean’s Early Career Award from the Thomas Harriot College of Art and Sciences. The award...

Jul 20, 2023
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Zhu elected Fellow for contributions to research in endocrinology

Congratulations to Dr. Yong Zhu who was elected as a Fellow of the North American Society for Comparative Endocrinology at their recent biennial meeting held in Queretaro, Mexico. The award,...

Jul 19, 2023
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Watts warns about the invasive spotted lanternfly

Dr. Mirian Watts (Biology) contributed information for two news articles and an interview with NPR-WUNC about growing concerns associated with the invasive spotted lanternfly. To learn more about this invasion...

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Jul 17, 2023
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Two Biology faculty participate in international conferences on changing ocean environments

Ocean environments are dynamic places where species can move to locations where they have not historically existed and experience a variety of physical changes due to climate change. Drs. April...

Jun 01, 2023
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Former ECU faculty member makes science fun for all generations

Thanks to the support of individuals like Dr. John and Nancy Bray, the Department of Biology has been able to support several efforts to improve public awareness about biodiversity and...

Jun 01, 2023
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Four biology faculty receive awards at ECU’s 2023 Teaching Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to Drs. Elizabeth Ables, Anne Bunnell, Sue McRae and Heather Vance-Chalcraft for being recognized for their outstanding efforts in teaching. Dr. Ables received The Board of Governor’s Award for...

Jun 01, 2023
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Two biology faculty recognized at ECU’s 2023 Research and Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to Drs. Rachel Gittman and Dr. Jean-Luc Scemama for being recognized at this year’s ceremony. Dr. Gittman received ECU’s Scholarship of Engagement Award because of her outstanding ability to...

Mar 30, 2023
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Congratulations to Carter Stancil on being awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Congratulations to Carter Stancil who was recently notified that she has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Stancil is a first-year...

Feb 02, 2023
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Biology congratulates students who participated in the 2023 White Coat Ceremony at ECU’s School of Dental Medicine

ECU’s second-year dental students participated in a ceremony on Jan. 2023 where they received their white coat and made a pledge to their future patients as they begin their care...

Jan 27, 2023
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Seminars Spring 2023

The Department of Biology will hold online or hybrid (in person and online) seminars during Spring 2023 semester.  Please contact Dr. Xiaoping Pan, Seminar Committee chair, for details.

Jan 11, 2023
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Privette meeting room a venue for exchanging ideas, positive interactions

Dr. Doug Privette’s sustaining support of the biology department was honored on December 9 2022 by the naming of the Dr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Privette Meeting Room in ECU’s...

Nov 01, 2022
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Two alumni from ECU’s Department of Biology awarded ECU’s most prestigious medical scholarship

Congratulations to David Murray and Valentine Okafor for their selection into the Class of 2026 ECU Brody Scholars. The Brody Scholarship is ECU’s most prestigious medical scholarships and includes four...

Oct 04, 2022
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Rebecca Asch and Ph.D. student Brian Bartlett awarded funding to investigate the impact of climate change on National Marine Sanctuary system.

Assistant Professor Rebecca Asch and Ph.D. student Brian Bartlett were one of seven teams across the nation awarded funding by the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Climate Program Office...

Oct 04, 2022
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Biology faculty work to improve opportunities for underrepresented populations in STEM disciplines

Recent efforts by biology faculty and their collaborators has resulted in the securing of two external awards that will help us to improve opportunities for underrepresented populations in STEM disciplines....

Sep 07, 2022
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John Stiller named distinguished professor

Dr. John Stiller, Professor of Biology, is the 23rd East Carolina University Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences distinguished professor. Dr. Stiller was recognized for important scholarly contributions to...

Sep 07, 2022
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Rebecca Asch selected as National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow

Dr. Rebecca Asch, Assistant Professor of Biology, joins the prestigious group of early career scholars who represent future leaders in their fields. Dr. Asch will participate in the National Academy...

Sep 07, 2022
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Biology Seminar Schedule - Fall 2022

The Department of Biology will hold online or hybrid (in person and online) seminars during Fall 2022 semester.  Please contact Dr. Xiaoping Pan, Seminar Committee chair, for details.

Sep 07, 2022
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Research In Progress (RIP) Seminar Series – Fall 2022

Our RIP series is designed to give up-and-coming biologists a chance to practice their presentation skills in a formal, but friendly environment. RIP speakers consist of both invited speakers and...

Jul 10, 2022
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Biology pilots graduate pathways summer program

Dr. Ariane Peralta, Associate Professor of Biology, and biology graduate (Daniya Stephens, Colin Finlay) and undergraduate (Kai Davis, Scott Siebor) researchers host Fayetteville State University collaborators. Dr. Danielle Graham, Assistant...

May 23, 2022
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Biology’s Nick Duncan receives staff excellence award

Nick Duncan (center in picture), our department’s lead administrative associate, was honored this week with the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences (THCAS) Junior Staff Excellence Award for the...

Mar 30, 2022
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MS student Carol Gause receives grant to study rare bird

Congratulations to Carol Gause who received a grant from the Carolina Bird Club and the Frances Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat from the Garden Club of America. Carol will use these funds...

Mar 23, 2022
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Doctoral student elected to advisory council for major professional society

Congratulations to Robert Driver (IDPBBC student in Biology) who was recently elected as Chair of the Graduate Student Advisory Council for the Society for the Study of Evolution. The Society...

Feb 01, 2022
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Biologist will receive ECU’s Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity

Jan 19, 2022
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Research In Progress (RIP) Seminar Series – Spring 2022

Our RIP series is designed to give up-and-coming biologists a chance to practice their presentation skills in a formal, but friendly environment. RIP speakers consist of both invited speakers and...

Dec 17, 2021
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Congratulations to the Class of Fall 2021

In the last few years, we have had the opportunity to get to know these amazing students. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from celebrating in person with this outstanding...

Oct 21, 2021
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Donation in memory of Biology Professor Jim Smith

Donation in memory of Biology Professor Jim Smith secures equipment to support training in biotechnology   The Department of Biology has recently acquired a nanodrop spectrophotometer due to the generosity...

Oct 04, 2021
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ECU biologist receives NSF funding to investigate responses of marine fishes to climate change.

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Asch who recently received funding from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Asch and her colleagues intend to utilize six multi-decadal fisheries data sets to investigate the...

Sep 24, 2021
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ECU biologists study zombies on the coast

Dr. April Blakeslee and her colleagues are studying how a parasitic barnacle that is invading NC’s coastal waters are turning native mud crabs into “zombie crabs”. You can read more...

Aug 31, 2021
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Biology Seminar Schedule - Fall 2021

Given the uncertainties surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Biology will hold virtual seminars during Fall 2020 semester.  Please contact the Dr. Xiaoping Pan, Seminar Committee chair, for...

Aug 31, 2021
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Research In Progress (RIP) Seminar Series – Fall 2021

Our RIP series is designed to give up-and-coming biologists a chance to practice their presentation skills in a formal, but friendly environment. RIP speakers consist of both invited speakers and...

May 14, 2021
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Congratulations to the Class of Spring 2021

In the last few years, we have had the opportunity to get to know these amazing students. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from celebrating in person with this outstanding...

Jan 28, 2021
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Biology Seminar Schedule - Spring 2021

Given the uncertainties surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Biology will hold virtual seminars during Spring 2021 semester.  Please contact Dr. Xiaoping Pan, Seminar Committee chair, for details.

Jan 28, 2021
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Research In Progress (RIP) Seminar Series – Spring 2021

Our RIP series is designed to give up-and-coming biologists a chance to practice their presentation skills in a formal, but friendly environment. RIP speakers consist of both invited speakers and...

Dec 04, 2020
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Outstanding Seniors Fall 2020

The Department of Biology is proud to announce its Outstanding Seniors for the Class of Fall 2020.

Dec 04, 2020
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Class of Fall 2020

Congratulations to our students on completing the requirements for a degree from the Department of Biology at East Carolina University! COVID-19 certainly turned our past two semesters upside down and...

Dec 04, 2020
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Farewell Address to the Class of Fall 2020

Congratulations to the Class of Fall 2020! Our faculty would like to extend their congratulations to each one of you.

Sep 17, 2020
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Research In Progress (RIP) Seminar Series – Fall 2020

Our RIP series is designed to give up-and-coming biologists a chance to practice their presentation skills in a formal, but friendly environment. RIP speakers consist of both invited speakers and...

Jun 11, 2020
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Biology Seminar Schedule - Fall 2020

Given the uncertainties surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Biology will hold virtual seminars during Fall 2020 semester.  Please contact the Dr. Michael McCoy, Seminar Committee chair, for...

May 08, 2020
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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Over the last few years we have had the opportunity to get to know these amazing students. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from celebrating their success in person. In spite of this, we recognize their accomplishments obtained while at East Carolina University, and congratulate them on their achievement!...

May 08, 2020
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Congrats to the Seniors earning Honors in Biology and Biochemistry!

Congratulations to these hard working seniors graduating in the majors of Biology and Biochemistry for completing an undergraduate research thesis!...

May 08, 2020
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Congratulations to Pranaya Pakala on receiving The Robert H. Wright Leadership Award!

Congrats to our Robert H. Wright Leadership Award recipient, graduating senior Pranaya Pakala! The Robert H. Wright Leadership Award recognizes academic achievement, service (both to the university and the community), and leadership qualities (both potential and exhibited) of undergraduate seniors, and is awarded annually by the ECU Alumni Association....

May 08, 2020
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Congrats to four outstanding Class of 2020 Seniors!

Congratulations to these four outstanding seniors graduating in the majors of Biology and Biochemistry....

May 08, 2020
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Congrats to the Class of 2020!

Congratulations to all of those students graduating with a degree from the Department of Biology. Completing a college degree at any level is challenging enough and the transition to online instruction and virtual meetings during this past semester brought new challenges to everyone - which y'all overcame! Well done!!...

Feb 20, 2020
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Biology graduate Mallory Miles and her husband, Felipe de Araujo win the 3rd annual Pirate Challenge

The final round of the 2019-20 Prirate Entrepreneurship Challenge concluded Wednesday night with FishingLicense.us taking first place. FishingLicense.us is the team of ECU biology major Mallory Miles and her software developer husband, Felipe de Araujo. The online company streamlines the process of registering for a fishing license with the goal of making outdoor recreation more accessible to everyone....

Feb 12, 2020
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Biology celebrated Darwin Day on February 12

Darwin Day 2020 proved to be a celebration of science and curiosity! A well attended event with Darwin related talks and trivia. Thanks to the organizers and all who attended.

Jan 13, 2020
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Research In Progress (RIP) Seminar Series - Spring 2020

Our RIP series is designed to give up-and-coming biologists a chance to practice their presentation skills in a formal, but friendly environment. RIP speakers consist of both invited speakers and...

Jan 13, 2020
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Biology Seminar Schedule - Spring 2020

Dec 09, 2019
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Doctoral student Chris Moore wins two awards to fund his research!

As part of his dissertation, Moore is testing whether parasites can be used as indicators for the presence of their hosts in different shoreline environments (natural and artificial). However, many...

Dec 02, 2019
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Chris Balakrishnan Chris Balakrishnan and graduate student Robert Driver explore how the cowbird learns to identify its own kind

Chris Balakrishnan and Robert Driver are contributing authors of a study exploring how the cowbird learns to identify its own kind, despite being raised by a different species. Former ECU postdoctoral scholar Matthew Louder was lead author....

Nov 07, 2019
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Biology Fisheries Team Receives Large Grant to Explore Spawning of Southern Flounder

A team of ECU Fisheries Researchers, headed by Dr. Rebecca Asch, have been awarded $483,952 over two years to identify offshore migratory corridors and spawning habitat of southern flounder. The funding is provided by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries....

Aug 19, 2019
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Biology Seminar Schedule - Fall 2019

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Feb 15, 2018
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Dr. Rebecca Asch Receives Prestigious 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship

Rebecca Asch received a prestigious fellowship, as she was one of 126 recipients (one of eight for Ocean Sciences) of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship, recognizing her as one of the top early-career researchers in the United States and Canada....

Jan 16, 2018
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Katie Clements Receives the Marine Biological Laboratory Training Fellowship Award in Neurobiology

Katie Clements from the Issa lab is among only 10 students nationally to be accepted into the Marine Biological Laboratory neurobiology course. Acceptance is highly competitive and is accompanied with the prestigious $8,000 MBLfellowship Award. The course will provide Katie with advanced training in cutting-edge neuroscience techniques....

Nov 30, 2017
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Biology Faculty Members Awarded Grant to Study Blueback Herring Spawning Populations Using eDNA

Drs. Brewer, Field and Rulifson were awarded a grant from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA Fisheries to further ground-truth a new way to survey blueback herring using Environmental DNA (eDNA)....

Nov 17, 2017
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Article on climate change, biodiversity and fisheries co-authored by Rebecca Asch highlighted in Newsweek

Rebecca Asch is lead author of an article published in Marine Policy, and highlighted in several news sites, including Newsweek. The article reports on how changes in physical parameters in the Pacific Ocean alters niche availability for commercially important fish and invertebrate species, resulting in migration to more suitable habitats or decreased abundance of these species....

Nov 13, 2017
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Stephen Orr Biology Student wins the People’s Choice Award, and Biology Retains the Departmental Championship Title in 2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to Steven Orr, a graduate student in Dr. Issa's lab, winner of the People's Choice award, and to all presenting at the 2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition. Thanks to their efforts (and their mentors), Biology was able to retain the Departmental Championship Title!...

Aug 03, 2017
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Biology Alumnus in the Spotlight

BRUCE PANNETON (BS Biology ’96, MS Biology ’02 with Professor Hal J. Daniel, III) is now Dean of Health Sciences and Public Safety at Edgecombe Community College, NC. Bruce is former chair of the Science Department at ECC and received the ECC Keihin Endowed Faculty Chair in 2009 which rewards excellence in teaching....

May 19, 2017
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Heather Vance-Chalcraft and Claudia Jolls Collaborate on Grant Supporting Science Teacher-Training

Heather Vance-Chalcraft and Claudia Jolls will be collaborating on a National Science Foundation Noyce Grant, which will provide 30 scholarships for ECU students to earn science or mathematics teaching licensure and a master's degree....

May 01, 2017
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Biology Alumnus Dr. Robert Twilley Honored by Environmental Law Institute

Biology Alumnus (BS ‘76 and MS ’79); Dr. Robert Twilley has been honored by Environmental Law Institute as the recipient of the 2017 National Wetlands Award for Science Research. Dr. Mark Brinson received the same award in 1995, so ECU Biology can claim TWO recipients of this prestigious award!...

Apr 20, 2017
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Elizabeth Ables Wins 2017 5th Annual ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

Congratulations to Elizabeth Ables who was selected by a committee of faculty and graduate students as the winner of the 5th Annual ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Master’s Category....

Apr 15, 2017
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Dr. Joe Luczkovich Elected as President-Elect of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

Joe Luczkovich was recently elected as the President-Elect of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS), the oldest scientific society dedicated to the study of estuaries in the world -founded in 1948. Joe will serve one year as President-Elect, two years as President and two more years as Past-President. Congratulations!...

Mar 13, 2017
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A team of researchers, including Dr. Bob Christian, has found which parts of the Gulf Coast food web were most vulnerable to Deepwater Horizon contaminants

Dr. Bob Christian is co-author of a recently published article presenting an approach for predicting the role of individual taxa in the response of food webs to perturbations, and using this framework to quantify the relative trophic importance and oil sensitivity of salt marsh organisms to the 2010 Deepwater Horizonspill....

Mar 01, 2017
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Beth Thompson Recognized as a 2016-2017 ECU Scholar-Teacher

Congratulations to Beth Thompson who was recognized with an ECU 2016-2017 Scholar-Teacher Award. The Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 20 2017 from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Murphy Center....

Mar 01, 2017
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Ariane Peralta Selected for the 2017 ECU Coastal Maritime Council Coastal Scholar Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ariane Peralta who was nominated and selected to be this year's awardee for the 2017 Coastal Maritime Council Coastal Scholar Award, based on her demonstrated intellectual merit and broader impacts as a coastal scholar during her time at ECU....

Mar 01, 2017
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Kyle Summers Wins 2017 East Carolina University Lifetime Research/Creative Activity Award

Congratulations to Kyle Summers, who was recently honored with a 2017 East Carolina University Lifetime Research/Creative Activity Award....

Feb 21, 2017
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Newly Published Manuscript Co-authored by Rebecca Asch Examines the Relationship Between Phytoplankton Productivity and Fisheries

Rebecca Asch is co-author of a manuscript recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that examines the relationship between phytoplankton productivity and fisheries catch on a global scale, and makes projections of the future impacts of climate change on fisheries catch potential....

Jan 16, 2017
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Molly Albecker and Dr. Mike McCoy Receive NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

Congratulations to Molly Albecker on receiving a competitive NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant in the Directorate for Biological Sciences! Her award is titled "DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Mechanisms of adaptation to saltwater by an amphibian." Molly is a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Michael McCoy in the Biology department....

Nov 07, 2016
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Apex Predators: Research Pinpoints Predators’ Impact on Ecosystems

Apr 21, 2016
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Biology’s Ginger Grimes Wins Campus-Wide First Mate Award!

Mar 15, 2016
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Bond that will Fund New ECU Life Sciences Building Passes!

Dec 11, 2015
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Biology Faculty Member Carol Goodwillie to Give Commencement Address

Award winning biology professor, Dr. Carol Goodwillie, to speak at ECU fall commencement....

Dec 07, 2015
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Biology Undergraduate Researchers Highlighted

Two Biology undergraduates and their research opportunities and experiences were featured in an ECU News Services article....

Nov 20, 2015
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Dr. Chris Balakrishnan Coauthors Paper Published in Science

The November 2015 issue of Science includes a research article coauthored by Dr. Chris Balakrishnan. The article investigates recombination hotspots in species lacking the PRDM9 gene....

Nov 16, 2015
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Paper Coauthored by ECU Biology’s Sue McRae Gets Extensive Press Coverage, Including Washington Post

A paper in Nature Genetics coauthored by Biology's Dr. Sue McRae (published online 16 November 2015) detailing the role of a supergene in determining highly divergent male reproductive morphs in the ruff has generated significant interest in the popular press, including the Washington Post....

Nov 01, 2015
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Biology Graduate Students Participate in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Four graduate students, MS students Gina Bledsoe (Dr. Peralta), Tori Goerig (Dr. Ardon), Tom Miller (Dr. Issa) and PhD student Suelen Tuillo (Dr. Chalcraft), presented their research at the 2015 ECU 3 MT Thesis completion. Tom and Suelen were selected as finalists in the competition and Tom won the People's Choice Award, one of the two top prizes at the 3MT competition....

Sep 29, 2015
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Jolls Lab Endangered Plant Research Highlighted

Jolls lab research on the effect of invasive plants and weevils on the endangered Pitcher's Thistle receives coverage in "Great Lakes Echo."...

Sep 15, 2015
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ECU Biology Advancement Council tours Tar River with Dean Bill Downs and Distinguished Prof. Roger Rulifson

ECU Biology Advancement Council tours Tar River with Dean Bill Downs and Distinguished Prof. Roger Rulifson, after record year of fundraising....

Sep 10, 2015
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Graduate students share research on social media

Biology students Molly Albecker, Daniel Newhouse and numerous others are among a new generation of researchers - graduate students and early career professors - who are embracing social media, blogs...

Sep 08, 2015
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Biology Homecoming Nerd Nite Oct. 16 with Dr.’s Ariane Peralta, Seth Barribeau

Alums and friends of Biology join us for drinks, snacks, Oct. 16, 5-7pm in Howell N102 with Ariane Peralta: If you build it, will 'they' come?: Restoring ecosystems, many microbes...

Aug 25, 2015
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New Paper by Incoming PhD Student on Mosquitofish Genital Evolution Gets Extensive Online Coverage

Chris Anderson, an incoming Ph.D. student joining Dr. Jeff McKinnon's lab, has received extensive online coverage for a new paper published in Evolution (Early View, August 26 2015) on the origins of female genital diversity....

Jul 27, 2015
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Distinguished Professor Roger Rulifson and CRM student Chuck Bangley Quoted Widely on Shark Attack Spike

The recent spike in shark attacks along the coast of North Carolina has resulted in the media and public looking to ECU shark biologists Dr. Roger Rulifson and CRM student Chuck Bangley for answers. They have been quoted in articles published from the local Daily Reflector to AsiaOne in Singapore!...

Jun 22, 2015
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Balakrishnan Lab Funding Success Continues

Dr. Chris Balakrishnan and his lab continue to be successful in securing research funding, recently receiving $390,000 from the National Science Foundation to study brain development in the African pin-tailed...

Jun 16, 2015
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Grad Student Photo of Frog Named after Professor on Journal Cover

The cover of the current issue of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology features an image of Ranitomeya summersi,(named after Dr. Kyle Summers) taken by his graduate student, Adam Stuckert. The image accompanies an article reviewing the relationship between honest signaling theory and warning coloration....

May 28, 2015
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2015 ECU Sigma Xi Chapter Student Helms Award

Faten Taki, an IDPBS Ph.D. candidate, is the recipient of the 2015 ECU Sigma Xi Chapter Student Helms Award. She was honored for her work showing the sensitivity of the post-embryonic stage to drugs of abuse like nicotine and its impact on subsequent generations....

May 22, 2015
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Dr John Stiller elected as Chair of the Faculty

Dr. John Stiller was elected as Chair of the Faculty for the 2015/2016 academic year

May 20, 2015
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Dr. Marcelo Ardon is a Recipient of the Inaugural Early Career Award

Dr. Marcelo Ardon-Sayao was one of two assistant professors at East Carolina University to receive the inaugural Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Early Career Award, announced Friday, May 15, at a special reception....

Apr 14, 2015
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Dr. Mary Farwell honored as an ECU Woman of Distinction

Dr. Mary Farwell was honored on April 13 as one of ten inspiring ECU women in a ceremony that celebrated the impacts that women have on ECU and the world.

Apr 10, 2015
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Dr. Jinling Huang named a recipient of the ECU Five-Year Research Achievement Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jinling Huang, who has been named one of the recipients of the ECU Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. He will be honored at a lecture and reception at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the ECU East Carolina Heart Institute Auditorium....

Apr 07, 2015
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Dr. Carol Goodwillie wins University-wide Award for Teaching Excellence

The Board of Governors of the 17-campus University North Carolina have selected Dr. Carol Goodwill as one of the University's most outstanding faculty to receive its 2015 Awards for Excellence...

Nov 08, 2014
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Dr. Carol Goodwillie Incorporates Service Learning Into Biology Class

Dr. Carol Goodwillie received funds from the faculty senate’s Teaching Grants Committee – making the first service learning science course at ECU possible. Thirty of Goodwillie’s students helped remove invasive...

Nov 01, 2014
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Dr. Ariane Peralta Publishes Feature Article

Dr. Ariane Peralta and three co-authors published an article in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, "A social-ecological framework for 'micromanaging' microbial services", that was featured on the cover of the November 2014 issue....

Oct 30, 2014
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Congratulations to the biology graduate students for their fine efforts as participants in the 3-Minute thesis competition held October 22, 2014 in Mendenhall

Molly Albecker (Ph D student,CRM), Bevin Blake (MS Biology student), Payal Chokshi (MS Biology & MBA student), Ian Davison (MS Biology student), Dorothy Dobbins—Finalist (Molecular Biology/Biotechnology student), Matt Edwards (MS Biology student), Scott Jones (PhD student, IDPBS), Morgan Kain--Winner, catchiest title (MS Biology student), Lauren McCarthy—Finalist (PhD student, IDPBS), Jillian Osborne (MS Biology student), Adam Stuckert (PhD student, IDPBS), Lenny Yong (PhD student, IDPBS)...

Sep 23, 2014
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ECU to Acquire Aquatic Robot for Coastal and Marine Research

Four researchers in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology at East Carolina University have secured a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation....