University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology

The Department of Biology is committed to the active pursuit of scientific knowledge through integrative, cutting-edge research in neuroscience, cell biology, ecology, and evolution. Faculty in the Department are all active researchers, funded by major grants from the NSF, NIH, and other agencies, publish in the best journals, and enjoy international reputations. Our faculty bring this deep scholarship and productive research efforts into the undergraduate classroom. Our faculty are award-winning teachers, providing courses from the introductory to advanced level that engage and challenge students and promote critical thinking skills. Click HERE to see what our Alums are doing with their degrees.

Research News

  1. Senator Patrick Leahy, UVM and Vermont College Leaders Announce $17.8 Million Grant to Vermont Genetics Network  FULL STORY
  2. UVM Receives $20 Million to Study Lake Champlain. Burlington Free Press STORY
  3. UVM Beckman Scholar Liam Kelley, and his Biology Department mentor, Associate Professor Bryan Ballif, were selected to present oral presentations at the International Society for Blood Transfusion’s annual meeting in London.  Dr. Ballif presented work describing the identification of the fourth novel blood group system, Augustine, recently published in the journal, Blood.
  4. Focus on Forensics: Dr. Amanda Yonan discusses her course, Introduction to Forensics, on Across the Fence on WCAX-TV. Watch her interview HERE
  5. So much is still unknown about a disease that's devastated regional sea star populations. UVM biologist Melissa Pespeni is looking for answers. Read more here.
  6. PhD student Samantha Alger is spearheading a survey of commercial honeybee producers in Vermont. It is the first-of-its-kind study for the state. Click WCAX News report.
  7. Research by UVM Alum, Heather Axen, reveals invasive fire ants traveled the world in 16th century Spanish galleons. Click HERE to read the story.
  8. PhD student Michael Herrmann uncovers an evolutionary Battle of the Sexes in ants - read full story HERE
  9. Dr. Charles Goodnight's Nature paper provides first-ever field evidence of controversial "group selection" STORY
  10. Dr. Nick Gotelli's new report in the journal Science. Surprising Species Shake-up Discovered FULL STORY
  11. UVM Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr. Laura May-Collado is creating a monitoring system to automatically record and analyze soundscapes in marine environments. WEBSITE and listen to NPR
  12. Dr. Lori Steven's new study about climate change and the potential risk from Chagas Disease. (Read More) (CDC Article)
  13. Dr. Bryan Ballif and an International Research Team identifies two novel blood group systems (published in Nature Genetics). Read More
  14. Dr. Bernd Heinrich's new research on Ravens and Stress.



Learning Through Experience: Linking Research and Education

As a research-intensive department, we recognize that the best way to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Biology is to participate directly in the research process

  • Our graduate students are mentored by world-class scientists with dynamic research groups
  • More than 50 undergraduate students each year work with faculty on cutting-edge scientific research
  • Faculty and students regularly present research at national and international conferences and publish original research in the best international journals

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Academic Programs

The Department of Biology offers MS and PhD degrees in Biology, as well as an accelerated Masters program and a Masters of Teaching degree. More than 400 Undergraduates pursue our majors in Biology (BA), Biological Science (BS), Zoology (BA and BS), and Environmental Science (BS). Undergraduates enjoy the most up-to-date courses with small class sizes to promote direct interactions between students and faculty.

Our grads are successful at finding careers in the sciences:



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