UCF Biology

  • Spooktacular
  • Arboretum Harvest Feast
  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Evolutionary Biology

    Evolutionary Biology

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

  • 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.

  • Snake Systematics

    Snake Systematics

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

  • Rainforest Cross-section

    Rainforest Cross-section

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

  • Developmental Genetics

    Developmental Genetics

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

  • Fire Ant Ecology

    Fire Ant Ecology

    Dr. King studies native and exotic ant ecology in Florida's ecosystems

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UCF Biologists Swarm Insect Conference

img_11121Thousands of scholars from all over the world gathered in Orlando with one thing in common: A love for bugs. The 2016 International Congress of Entomology conference was held at the Orange County Convention Center from Sept. 25 – 30. Faculty and students from the University of Central Florida’s Department of Biology played a large […]

Hurricane Impacts Threatened Sea Turtle Nests

Photo taken by UCF Ph.D student Gustavo Stahelin.Story by Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, UCF Today As many as 200 loggerhead sea turtle nests and 550 green turtle nests were estimated to have been lost in central and southern Brevard County because of Hurricane Matthew. Each nesting season thousands of threatened sea turtles lay nests along Central Florida’s coast, particularly on the shores of […]

Biology Professor’s Heritage Inspired His Love of Nature

pedroUCF conservation biology professor Pedro F. Quintana-Ascencio, Ph.D., grew up with lush forests as his backyard playground. He remembers walking through Veracruz, Mexico, listening to the wind playing in the trees and critters calling to each other all around him. His father would sometimes join him on horseback rides to a nearby river and lake. […]