News & Updates

ASU Alum Rachel Hoch Recognized for Work to Recover Endangered Species

Jun 9, 2017
Congratulations to Appstate Department of Biology Alum Rachel Hoch, who was named a US Fish and Wildlife Service 2016 Recovery Champion. Recovery Champions are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and their partners whose work is advancing the recovery of endangered and threatened species of plants and animals in the United States You can read more about her and the work USFWS does here and here.

Biology major Elisabeth Panto receives internship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Apr 20, 2017
 Elisabeth Panto will be working for 9 weeks this summer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), with an initial preparatory week at the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS). She will be working on experiments as part of the new NASA research grant, "Investigating Carbon Inheritance in the Early Solar Nebula: An Interdisciplinary Approach” (PI, Dr. Rachel Smith, ASU, Physics & Astronomy/NCMNS). This project explores the evolution of...

Environmental science major Tara Early creates prize-winning research poster, is honored by SETAC

Jan 12, 2017
Tara Early of Morehead City just graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science. She is now applying to graduate schools, and her experiences as a researcher at Appalachian have helped make her a strong candidate for some of the best doctoral-level toxicology labs and programs in the country.

Apex student Mary Rachel Silliman earns highest Sea Scouts award

Oct 27, 2016
BOONE—Mary Rachel Silliman from Apex, a senior majoring in biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University, recently completed requirements for Quartermaster, the highest award in Sea Scouts, BSA.The Quartermaster award recognizes mastery of skills in swimming, lifesaving, safety, marlinspike seamanship, boat handling, anchoring, navigation rules, charts, piloting citizenship and leadership. Only .5 percent of Sea Scouts earn the Quartermaster rank. http://www....

Laura Ellis wins People's Choice Award in 3-minute-thesis competition

Feb 9, 2016
The People’s Choice Award in the annual 3-minute-thesis competition went to Laura Ellis, a graduate student in biology from Swannanoa. Ellis spoke of research she is conducting to better understand how marine fishes eliminate nitrogenous waste. “My work is important in understanding how fish can adapt to our ever-changing oceans,” she said. “Due to climate change, fish have to adapt to new changes in the oceans, including the increase of oceanic carbon dioxide. My work is the foundation upon...

Dr. Ece Karatan awarded NIH Grant for research on Vibro cholerae

Feb 5, 2016
Dr. Ece Karatan, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, was awarded her second NIH grant ($395,720) to investigate how Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera, forms biofilms. Biofilms are communities of bacteria usually attached to surfaces and encased in a self-produced extracellular matrix. Biofilms are advantageous for bacteria because bacteria in the biofilm are protected from harsh conditions in their environment including presence of antimicrobials and host...

Dr. Howard Neufeld and Dr. Zack Murrell awarded NSF Grant

Feb 4, 2016
The Department of Biology is proud to announce that the National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to two faculty members that will support their work to develop engaging botany laboratory experiences for undergraduate students and, at the same time, build a database related to ecological changes occurring in the Southern Appalachians. The $197,987 grant was awarded to Howard Neufeld and Zack Murrell, both professors in the Department of Biology.Read more about their award here.


Aug 31, 2015
Did you know that you can learn about special events, ongoing programs and research related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education that take place at Appalachian State University, all in one place? Check out !The faculty at Appalachian State University is committed to facilitating the highest quality of STEM education within and beyond its campus. Through rigorous academic program offerings, internationally recognized research and...


Apr 23, 2015

Biology Department Awards Reception

Apr 15, 2015
Biology Department Awards Reception Thursday, April 30, 201512:30 pmBiology Conference Room210B Rankin SouthJoin us in celebrating our  students’ accomplishments and successes! 

Featured Faculty

For the Fall 2016 installment of our Featured Faculty series, we sat down with Dr. Mary Kinkel, an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, who specializes in Developmental Biology. Her philosophy of teaching and a short description of her research make for fascinating read! 

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