Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences is a diverse group of faculty and students focused on the study of living organisms across a wide variety of scales from the cellular and molecular to the landscape scales. In addition, students and faculty regularly collaborate with colleagues in other departments and institutions to foster truly interdisciplinary approaches both in the classroom and in the research setting. Research strengths of the department include: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,Ecology and Conservation Biology, and Neuroscience and Behavior.

The mission of the department is three-fold:

  1. To provide high-quality instruction in Biology for undergraduate and graduate students
  2. To conduct research of national and international significance in the field of Biology
  3. To provide professional leadership to the national and international scientific communities

We offer three undergraduate majors (biology, microbiology and neuroscience), two specializations (Ecology and Conservation Biology; Marine and Aquatic Biology) and master's and doctoral degree work in the three areas of focus as well as in related areas.

The department is proud of the education we provide students in our courses at all levels and the research experiences they gain in the laboratory and field. Our students are among the most competitive when they graduate and go on to succeed in their chosen field upon completion of their undergraduate or graduate work at the University.

Latest News:

Biology scholarships are now online!!

BGSU President's Day Open House, February 15, 2016.

BGSU Spring Preview Day: April 23, 2016.

Upcoming Events

Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture Series by Dr. Steven Benner, The Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution (FAME)

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 7:00PM (Public Talk): "Resurrecting Ancient Proteins from Extinct Life" featuring Dr. Steven Benner (The Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, FAME). This lecture is open to the public. Lecture will be held in the Bowen Thompson Student Union Theater, Room 206

Friday, April 15, 2016 @ 3:30PM (Scientific Talk): "Synthesizing Life from the Bottom Up" featuring Dr. Steven Benner (The Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, FAME)

Biology Undergraduate Newsletter (Fall 2015) 

Choose Ohio First Scholarships

Find out about Careers in Marine Biology

BGSU Virtual Biology Lab Tour: Predators

Julia Halo Wildschutte

Faculty Spotlight: 

Dr. Julia Halo Wildschutte, Assistant Professor, MS & PhD Advisor

Doctor of Molecular Microbiology, 2011, Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University

  • Joined BGSU in January 2016!
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan
  • Awarded 2 National Research Service Awards [F32 NRSA & F31 NRSA) from the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Awards (2008-2011 & 2015-2016)
  • Awarded the 2011 Norman and Susan Krinsky Award for Teaching Excellence, Tufts University Sackler School for Biomedical Research  

Dr. Halo Wildschutte studied human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) during her doctorate training, which involved the identification of population-level HERV diversity among healthy, cancer, and schizophrenic patients. After earning her Ph.D., Julia pursued postdoctoral training in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where she used computational and experimental methods to study whole genomes of humans and canines in order to characterize mobile elements in terms of their involvement in genomic structure and disease. Here at BGSU, Dr. Halo Wildschutte's research program is focused on understanding the influence of various types of transposable elements on the host genomic landscape, and the biological impact of continued transposable element mobility in host evolution.



Faculty Spotlight:

Dr. Matt Partin, Lecturer, Marine Biology Advisor (O-Z) & Marine Lab Coordinator

Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies, 2008, Bowling Green State University

  • The P.I. or Co-P.I. on grants totaling over 9.5 million dollars
  • Facilitates BGSU’s summer field experience for marine biology students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab
  • Currently authoring the textbook that will be used for Biology 3700/Introduction to Inland Marine Research
  • Written/produced 5 virtual tours shown on WBGU Public Broadcasting Service
  • Advisor for nearly 90 marine biology majors

As Coordinator of the BGSU Marine Laboratory, Dr. Partin oversees a lab that contains over 3,000 gallons of seawater in over 40 aquaria including a 500-gallon shark tank, a 10’x4’ touch tank, and 6 reef aquariums for propagating corals. Although the lab has been in existence since 1963, Dr. Partin constructed most of our current systems. The animals in the lab are maintained by students mainly for class study and research projects, but are also present for the appreciation of 2000 visitors annually. Dr. Partin also developed the marketing materials that bring visitors to see the lab, including flyers sent to the local schools, a web page, and three separate one-hour long presentations aired on WBGU-PBS. His responsibilities include overseeing a hierarchy of 60+ volunteers each semester as well as coordinating the Marine Laboratory’s daily operations, educational outreach, a large listserv, a student-organization, and recruitment.