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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.

Faculty Highlights

  • Grayson Article Nomination

    Biology professor Kristine Grayson's paper, "Novel insights on population and range edge dynamics using an unparalleled spatiotemporal record of species invasion," was nominated for the Journal of Animal Ecology's inaugural Sidnie Manton Award

  • Brinkerhoff Fulbright

    Dr. Jory Brinkerhoff has been awarded a Fulbright for travel to Japan for his project, “Analysis of Bacterial Communities in Japanese Macaque Parasites.”

  • Grayson Grant

    Dr. Kristine Grayson received a grant from the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation for her project, "Variation in Developmental Traits among Invasion Front Gypsy Moth Populations."

  • Hill Grant

    Dr. Malcolm Hill received a grant from the National Science Foundation for his project examining the effects of Hurricane Irma on sponge fauna in shallow marine habitats in Florida.

  • Hill Paper Recognition

    Dr. Malcolm Hill, along with alumni collaborators Brian Strehlow, Sarah Friday, and Mark McCaulley, had their paper, "The potential of azooxanthellate poriferan hosts to assess the fundamental and realized Symbiodinium niche: evaluating a novel method to initiate Symbiodinium associations," recognized on the short list of Coral Reefs' best papers of 2016.

  • Skromne Grant

    Dr. Isaac Skromne has been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant for his research project, “Testing the therapeutic potential of carbon nanodots in bone mineralization diseases.” 

  • de Sa Fulbright

    Dr. Rafael de Sa received a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá in Colombia.

  • Grayson Grant

    Dr. Kristine Grayson received a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, “Linking Thermal Tolerance to Invasion Dynamics: Climate and Physiological Capacity as Regulators of Geographical Spread.”

  • Boland Attends HERS Institute

    Dr. Linda Boland participated in the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute and the Luce program for Women in STEM Leadership. HERS offers leadership development experiences for women in higher education.

Summer Research: Ecology, Evolution, and the Genetics of Sponges

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
Biology Department, Gottwald Science Center B-100
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

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

Department Chair: April Hill
Administrative Coordinator: Carol Esposito
Administrative Coordinator, Pre-Health and Integrative Science: Deatrice Cleaton