UCF Biology

  • Disturbance Ecology

    Disturbance Ecology

    Researchers in the Von Holle lab study the effects of natural and human disturbances on species at the community and landscape scales.

  • Endangered Ecosystems

    Endangered Ecosystems

    Dr. Noss studies imperiled species and ecosystems, such as this unique coastal grassland threatened by sea-level rise

  • Snake Systematics

    Snake Systematics

    Dr. Chris Parkinson and crew sort snake DNA samples in the Colombian rain forest by candlelight

  • Cetacean Physiology

    Cetacean Physiology

    Dr. Graham Worthy's Physiological Ecology and Bioenergetics Lab studies the foraging ecology of marine mammals around the world, including these South...

  • Oyster Reef Restoration

    Oyster Reef Restoration

    Dr. Linda Walters supervises students examining oyster reef ecology at Mosquito Lagoon, FL.

  • Urban forests and carbon storage

    Urban forests and carbon storage

    Students from Dr. Ross Hinkle's Ecosystem Processes and Services Research laboratory collect data for determination of ecosystem services provided by ...

  • Evolutionary Biology

    Evolutionary Biology

    Dr. Ken Fedorka uses insect systems to investigate fundamental questions in biological evolution.

  • Rainforest Cross-section

    Rainforest Cross-section

    Dr. John Weishampel uses LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) to elucidate forest canopy structure in Belize

  • Sea Turtle Ecology

    Sea Turtle Ecology

    UCF students participate in a sea turtle hatchling count on the Florida coast under the supervision of Dr. Kate Mansfield.

  • Conservation Genetics

    Conservation Genetics

    Students in Dr. Hoffman's lab investigate genetic variation in the endangered Lower Keys marsh rabbit.

  • Developmental Genetics

    Developmental Genetics

    Researchers in the von Kalm lab study the role of signaling proteins in Drosophila tissue and organ development.

  • Dispersal Ecology

    Dispersal Ecology

    Dr. David Jenkins and students study the relative role of dispersal in ecological pattern, often in wetlands (seen here from the air).

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UCF Biologists’ RAD Research

Courtesy of Car TalkIn a recent blog post featured by NPR’s ‘Car Talk,’ Kieran Lindsey, Ph.D., highlights a UCF Department of Biology research team’s mission to determine the effectiveness of linking Roadside Animal Detection Systems (RADS) with various types of warning signs. This research team includes biology doctoral student Molly Grace, Pegasus Professor Reed Noss, Ph.D., and Research Associate Daniel Smith, […]

COS Celebrates its New Alumni

FEATURED IMAGEThe UCF College of Sciences continued the tradition of honoring its graduates with a post-ceremony reception jointly hosted by the college and its academic departments. The reception was held in the UCF Psychology building immediately following the college’s spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016. More than 1,200 College of Sciences’ graduates walked at […]

UCF Biology Professor Explores Mysteries of Insect Life

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