Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Integrative Biology, newly formed in 2008. Faculty
in the Department of Integrative Biology share a modern interdisciplinary approach
to investigate the interactions across the levels of biological organization --
from cells to organisms to populations to communities to landscapes. Given that
many problems and new discoveries of biological science will require efforts that
address such interactions and utilize innovative approaches, both research and teaching
in the department reflect this emphasis.
For undergraduate students, a newly developed set of concentrations provides a curriculum
that features cross-disciplinary training of students while also offering courses
characteristic of a traditional biology degree program. Faculty research areas of
interest and opportunities for graduate student training leading to a M.S. or Ph.D.
degree are diverse, and include marine and freshwater ecology; population ecology;
plant-animal interactions; community and ecosystem ecology; conservation biology;
ecotoxicology; biomechanics and functional morphology; animal physiology; environmental
microbiology; microbial physiology; plant genetics, evolution and ecology of disease;
and gene transfer.
Valerie (Jody) Harwood, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology