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

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2024 Biology Gallery Submissions

2024 Biology Photo & Art Contest

Our 3rd annual biology photo/artwork contest included 21 submissions from faculty, staff and students, representing a wide range of images and artwork as seen above. Click below to see our 2024 winners!

Students standing in semi-circle formation in desert setting

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


The fall 2024 schedule will be updated this summer.

Click on discover more on our seminar series for
a listing of 2023-2024 seminar series and links to speaker research.

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.

Congrats 2024 Biology Award Winners!

  • Willie M. Reams Award in Biology: Chris Rawson
  • Nominee for the Clarence Denoon Award: Kalynn Cheeks
  • Nominee for the Cole Memorial Scholarship Award: Ariel Seidu
  • Nominee for the Van Divender Scholarship Award: Kalynn Cheeks
  • Biology Service Awards: Lesley Boadu, Shermin Uzair, Jillian Yates
  • Biology Teaching Assistant Awards: Olivia Beatty, Sarah Clark
  • Biology Junior Research Award: Jerry He


  • Biology Senior Research Awards: Olivia Beatty, Camille Walsh-Antzak
  • Biology Junior Achievement Awards: Jerry He and Lydia Wood
  • Biology Senior Achievement Award: Marina Ragoulina
  • John Neasmith Dickinson Memorial Research Awards: John (Zhiang) Fan, Chloe Ngo,
    Jerry He, Amy Jablonski
  • Robert F. Smart Summer Research Awards: Katie Baker, Charlotte Brand, Elliot Delroba,
    Emi Iguchi, Sarah Marsden, Camille Walsh-Antzak

Congratulations to this year's winners, and to all our biology majors!

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Omar Quintero-Carmona
Quintero-Carmona Advising at BioScience Research Institute

Omar Quintero-Carmona, has been named senior education advisor at The Allen Institute, a non-profit, bioscience research facility located in Seattle.

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Dr. Linda M. Boland
Boland Published

Linda Boland, professor of biology, coauthored chapters "Faculty Re-Engagement: A Sabbatical Planning Guide to Support Productivity and Well-Being," and "Leveraging a Consortial Approach for Mid-Career Faculty Learning Communities" in A Toolkit for Mid-Career Academics.

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Dr. Todd Lookingbill
Lookingbill and Undergraduate Students Published

Todd Lookingbill, professor of geography, environment, & sustainability, along with undergraduates Jack DuPuy, ’25, Ellery Jacobs, ’25, Matteo Gonzalez, ’24, and Tihomir S. Kostadinov, ’02 published "A 20-Year Ecotone Study of Pacific Northwest Mountain Forest Vulnerability to Changing Snow Conditions" in Land.

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Dr. Stephen Ferguson
Ferguson Published

Stephen Ferguson, visiting assistant professor of biology published “Among-population variation in telomere regulatory proteins and their potential role as hidden drivers of intraspecific variation in life history” in the  Journal of Animal Ecology.

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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