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The Department of Biology provides training for both undergraduate and graduate students. The strongest areas of training in the program are in Animal Behavior, Cell and Developmental Biology, Computational Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Plant Biotechnology.  In addition, the Department is closely affiliated with other divisions such as the School of Medicine and the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  Cooperative programs outside of Case, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and the Holden Arboretum allow for students to have a variety of resources at hand.  Research in the department is primarily conducted in one of three focus areas: Cell and Developmental Biology, Neurobiology and Neuromechanical Systems, or Evolution and Ecology.  This focus framework allows faculty to build on common research interests. Mentored teaching and research programs with faculty and students foster a strong educational environment in the Department.

2018 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge

Date posted: April 18th, 2018

Can you help find 100 species at the CWRU Farm?
As part of the 2018 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge, we will document as many species as we can find at the University Farm. …Read more.

Dr. Sarah Diamond elected Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America

Date posted: March 15th, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce its 2018 Fellows. The Society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy. …Read more.

Former graduate students in Biology featured in “The Atlantic.”

Date posted: March 8th, 2018

Please take a few minutes to read this beautiful description of the ongoing collaboration between CWRU Department of Biology and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Elena Less (GRS ’12), the zoo’s associate animal curator, began her research on altering gorilla diets as a PhD student in biology. …Read more.

Success in reproduction is mostly about “not dying.” CWRU faculty member Robin Snyder featured in article.

Date posted: March 6th, 2018

It’s mostly a matter of not dying,” says Stephen Ellner, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Ellner and Robin Snyder, associate professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, are coauthors of the paper in American Naturalist. …Read more.

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