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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. 

August 14, 2019
Professor of Biology Jeff Byrd gave two invited presentations this summer.
On June 22, he presented “Best Practices for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories” at Microbe2019, the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, held this year in San Francisco, California.

On August 1, he… Find Out More
July 17, 2019
Congratulations to St. Mary’s College alumna Ashani Weeraratna ’91 (biology) who was recently named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University. Established by Michael Bloomberg, she will be among 50 professors from around the world named to these posts who are pioneering… Find Out More
July 10, 2019
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded its 2019–20 American Fellowship to Jessica Malisch, assistant professor of biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education: Over the past 130 years, it has provided… Find Out More
July 1, 2019
St. Mary’s College’s annual St. Mary’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides students opportunities to engage deeply in independent research, laboratory, and creative work across disciplines, under the guidance and with the expertise of faculty mentors.


Titled “Encapsulating… Find Out More
June 27, 2019
For eight weeks this summer, eight students and their faculty mentors participated in the annual St. Mary’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. SURF provides students opportunities to engage deeply in independent research, laboratory, and creative work across disciplines, including… Find Out More
June 19, 2019
Jessica Malisch, assistant professor of biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, was recently awarded the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Biology Division Mentor Award (Early Career).
According to information provided by the CUR biology division, this national award honors biology… Find Out More
April 24, 2019
Environmental studies and biology students, Kajsa Newton ’19 and Dylan Powell ’19, gave poster presentations on their St. Mary's Project research at the spring 2019 meeting of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, which is a regional affiliate of the international Coastal and Estuarine Research… Find Out More
April 16, 2019
Lauren Swam '19, Isaac Hersh '19, and Colin Cassady '19, recently had a firsthand experience studying marine ecology on the coral reefs of Belize. Interviewed for The Naturalist Podcast (… Find Out More
March 20, 2019
Why do birds come to feeders? In a new collaboration between Assistant Professor of Biology Jessica Malisch and Derrick May’s third-grade class at Chesapeake Public Charter School, scientists new and experienced are working to collect data for Project FeederWatch.

Following weekly bird… Find Out More
March 8, 2019
This past summer, St. Mary’s College of Maryland biology majors Hannah Smith ’20 and Michael Timmer ’20 participated in the prestigious 12-week Summer Internship Program at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and both have been invited back to their respective labs for 2019 summer… Find Out More
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