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Division of Biological Sciences

Division of Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences News 02-2015


Thursday, February 12, 2015
Discovery Hall Collaboratory and First Floor Vista
3:00-4:00 – Refreshments
4:00 pm Seminar
Speaker:  Dr. Peter Ward
Title:  Atmospheres and extinctions: Deep Time as the Rosetta Stone of Near future
Description:  Mass extinctions were identified by the late, great Steve Gould as the largest "tier" of evolution, coming atop micro evolution and macroevolution.  While there have been five well known mass extinctions that killed off a minimum of 50% of species known from fossils (but that may not be a reliable indicator or the total of all species killed off), in fact there has been no consideration to date about the possibility of mass extinctions prior to the evolution of animals.  In this short talk we can look at the relationship between extinction and diversification; the major causes, and why the so called "Big Five" mass extinctions should be recast as the "Terrible Ten".

The Division of Biological Sciences congratulates the following students on receipt of 2015 UW Bothell Founders Fellow Awards.

Douglas Henderson, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Kristina Hillesland
Project Title: Induction, Isolation and Characterization of Bacteriophages from Desulfovibrio vulgaris co-cultures

Allison Kane, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Charlotte Rasmussen
Project Title:  The influence of fungal endophytes on growth of root crops in stressful environments

Mike Locascio, Chemistry / Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Cynthia Chang
Project Title: Examining biodiversity patterns to understand the resource heterogeneity across a successional gradient

Bri McCloskey, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Douglas Wacker
Project Title: Differences in Crow Vocalizations in Varying Behavioral Contexts

Lexi Menth, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Douglas Wacker
Project Title: What does the crow say? Differences in call number and type between two distinct behavioral contexts of the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Observations on the North Creek WetlandsWelcome to the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.  The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree provides students with a foundation that will enable them to pursue careers or graduate study in medicine, dentistry, health professions, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, ecology, biology, and biology education.

photo courtesy of Daniel Lombardo, current UWB undergraduateThe curriculum combines theory with hands-on experience that draws on the University of Washington Bothell’s strengths: small classes; strong faculty-student mentorship; integrative, problem-based teaching approaches; and research and internship opportunities outside the classroom. Undergraduate research is an essential part of the degree program, utilizing biology lab space designed specifically for research.  Feel free to contact us with questions.