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The Department of Biology is a close-knit community of faculty, staff, and students bound by a shared curiosity and respect for the living world. 

April 27, 2020
Associate Professor of Biology Kevin Emerson has jump-started a campus-wide initiative at St. Mary’s College of Maryland to provide the St. Mary’s County Health Department with essential supplies for medical personnel working the front lines to care for those infected with COVID-19 and to help stem… Find Out More
April 6, 2020
Jessica Malisch, assistant professor of biology, and SMCM biology major, Melanie Kimball ‘19, have recently been published in General and Comparative Endocrinology titled, “Across time and space: Hormonal variation across temporal and spatial scales in relation to nesting success.”

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March 30, 2020
Dillon Waters, senior biology major, was recently awarded funds ($1,020) from Cove Point National Heritage to support his St. Mary’s Project titled, “Comparison of Traditional Freshwater Sampling Methods versus eDNA Water Sampling to Assess Aquatic Biodiversity in Maryland Streams.”

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March 26, 2020
Jessica Malisch, assistant professor of biology, recently gave an invited talk at Williams College titled, “Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? Predictors of Facultative Altitudinal Migration in Mountain White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys oriantha).”

In this presentation, Malisch… Find Out More
February 21, 2020
Cassie Gurbisz, assistant professor of environmental studies, recently received her second grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Maryland Sea Grant program. The $71,023 grant will fund a two-year project titled: Effects of Oyster Aquaculture on Submersed Aquatic Vegetation… Find Out More
February 14, 2020
Kevin Emerson, associate professor of biology, has recently been published in Parasites and Vectors titled, “Evidence for family-level variation of phenotypic traits in response to temperature of Brazilian Nyssorhynchus darlingi.”

In this article, Emerson and colleagues show that there is… Find Out More
February 13, 2020
Sarah Latchney, assistant professor of biology and neuroscience, has recently been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) titled, “B cells migrate into remote areas and support neurogenesis and functional recovery after focal stroke in mice.”

In this article, Latchney… Find Out More
February 12, 2020
Karen Crawford, professor of biology, has recently been awarded a Whitman Fellowship from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). The award will be used to cover laboratory space and housing at MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Crawford will use the award to continue her sabbatical research project… Find Out More
February 6, 2020
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 4:45 – 6 p.m., Professor Carys Mitchelmore, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, will discuss aquatic toxicology and coral reefs. Her lecture, titled “Are Sunscreens Killing Our Coral Reefs?” takes place in Schaefer Hall, room 106 on the St. Mary’s… Find Out More
January 29, 2020
Professor of Biology Karen Crawford's presentation was selected as an oral presentation in a complementary session in the 2020 SICB Symposium "Building Bridges from Genome to Phenome: Molecules, Methods and Models," held January 3-7, in Austin Texas.

This presentation represents an important… Find Out More