Biology is fundamental to our changing world. The 21st century challenge for our students, our scholars, and the greater society is to understand our place in this changing world and to create fundamental knowledge for informed policies, economies, and social structure.

Upcoming Events

Mutualisms to scale: how ant-plant mutualisms increase diversity and impact the carbon cycle



Mutually beneficial interactions between species (i.e., mutualisms) are well known drivers of (co)evolution and of changes in the structure of ecological interaction networks, but the effects of mutualisms…

Graduate Student Talks


talk abstracts & zoom link to come

The generation of neuronal diversity


In the Drosophila optic lobes, ~200 types of neurons that are organized in 800 columns process inputs from 800 unit-eyes. Our lab asks how this variety of neurons is generated during development, how they generate…

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