Department of Biology

Department of Biology

The Department of Biology offers students the opportunity to study the living world, from biomolecules to ecosystems. Knowledge of biology is critical for addressing current medical, environmental, and social issues in our rapidly changing world.

Major & MinorCourses

Upcoming Courses: Fall 2024

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Undergraduate Research

Biology students have the unique opportunity to conduct mentored, self-directed research projects by working with biology faculty
Biology Seminar Series

Biology Seminar Series

Spring 2024 Biology Seminar Series

Monday, February 26, 2024

Beronda Montgomery, Grinnell College

Lesson from and about Plants: Transducing a career

12-1p.m.

Gottwald Auditorium, A001

Urban Ecology Research

Rats have lived alongside us in cities for centuries. We don’t like them, and they’re not good for us — but we don’t know what to do about them. UR’s urban ecologist and biology professor, and his students are on the case.

2023 Biology Photo Contest

Biology Photo & Art Contest

The Biology department invited members of the community to submit photos and artwork for its second annual photo contest to highlight biologists in action. We received nearly 30 submissions and thank everyone for their submitted photography and artwork. We recently announced the winners of our second annual Biology Photo/Art Contest.

2023 Winners:

First Place: Emily Lekas, Starfish
Honorable Mention: Joshua Pandian, Frond
Honorable Mention: Lauren Yim, Leopard

Congratulations to our winners and everyone who submitted their photos and artwork.

Congrats 2023 Award Winners!

  • Willie M. Reams Award in Biology: Narmeen Rashid
  • Clarence Denoon Award: Chris Rawson
  • Cole Memorial Scholarship Award: Olivia Beatty
  • John Neasmith Dickinson Memorial Research Award: Chris Rawson
  • Robert F. Smart Award in Biology: Yagmur Bingul, Elizabeth Forrey, Sophia Jackson, Maddie Olvey, Dominique Pham, Nina Price, Wesley Tsai, Elena Zerkin

 

 

  • Department of Biology Service Award: Dominique Pham
  • Department of Biology Teaching Assistant Award: Sophia Jackson
  • Department of Biology Teaching Assistant Award: Becca Walsh
  • Department of Biology Sophomore Research Award: Jerry He
  • Department of Biology Junior Research Award: Kharma Hall
  • Department of Biology Senior Research Award: Maddie Olvey
  • Department of Biology Junior Achievement Award: Ian Shogren
  • Department of Biology Senior Achievement Award: Dominique Pham
OAK2 Sorority

ODK Induction Ceremony

Biology department faculty Colleen Carpenter-Swanson was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Epsilon Circle on Friday, January 26, 2024. ODK executive members who officiated the ceremony included Gottwald’s very own Jillian Yates ’24, Helen Xia ’24, Olivia Beatty ’24 and Corina Stasiak ’24 (left to right). The ODK Epsilon Circle honors exceptional student, faculty, staff, and alumni leaders who enrich our campus community. Give a warm Spider congratulations to the new ODK members!

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Carrie Wu
Wu Published

Carrie Wu, associate professor of biology, published "Effects of Experimental Warming on Floral Scent, Display, and Rewards in Two Subalpine Herbs" in the journal Annals of Botany.    

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Dr. Carrie Wu
Wu Receives USDA Grant

Carrie Wu, associate professor of biology, has received a $258,715 grant from the USDA Department of Forestry to support collaborative research into the early detection and rapid response of invasive species in forest ecosystems.

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Dr. Isaac Skromne
Skromne Published

Isaac Skromne, associate professor of biology, Jon Dattelbaum, professor of chemistry, and Shannon Jones, director of biological instruction, along with Quan Chau ’22, and Lesly Corado-Santiago ‘21, published "Physicochemical and Inflammatory Analysis of Unconjugated and Conjugated Bone-Binding Carbon Dots" in ACS Omega.

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Dr. Shannon Z. Jones
Jones Published

Shannon Jones, director of biological instruction, Isaac Skromne, associate professor of biology, and Jon Dattelbaum, professor of chemistry, along with Quan Chau ’22, and Lesly Corado-Santiago ‘21, published "Physicochemical and Inflammatory Analysis of Unconjugated and Conjugated Bone-Binding Carbon Dots" in ACS Omega.

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Contact Us

Biology Department, Gottwald Science Center B-100
138 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8871
Fax: (804) 289-8233

Department Chair: Peter Smallwood
Academic Administrative Specialist: Emily Phaup
Pre-Health and Integrative Science: Emily Phaup