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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:

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

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Immersed In Water Quality

Immersed In Water Quality

BGSU establishes the Center for Great Lakes and Watershed Studies Read More

News and Stories

Root To Lead Society for Conservation Biology

Root To Lead Society for Conservation Biology

Associate professor Karen Root will have the opportunity to expand her contribution to conservation and to the community of professionals who share her values. She was recently elected to the leadership of the Society for Conservation Biology North America. "This is an organization I believe in," she said. "They're highly motivated, very passionate people giving so much of themselves and doing the thing they care most about, all on a volunteer basis. It's my professional home where I feel most comfortable.” Read More

Algae Bloom Covers 700 Square Miles of Lake Erie

Algae Bloom Covers 700 Square Miles of Lake Erie

An algae bloom in Lake Erie's western basin, bordering Michigan and Ohio, is turning portions of the lake bright green. Algae blooms have been getting larger and more frequent in the lake, and in 2014 one affected Toledo, Ohio's water supply. Jeremy Hobson of National Public Radio’s Here & Now talks with BGSU associate professor Timothy Davis about what causes the blooms and how they might be prevented. Read More

BGSU Teams With WOOD COUNTY to Monitor Mosquitoes

BGSU Teams With WOOD COUNTY to Monitor Mosquitoes

Thanks to climate change, warmer summers mean longer mosquito seasons, and milder winters signify a higher survival rate for mosquitoes. Those conditions, which have allowed for the emergence of diseases such as that caused by Zika virus, are cause for concern. When the Wood County Health District received a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to study mosquitoes in Wood County, it contracted with BGSU to assist in its mosquito surveillance project. Read More