Department News

New Biology Building

March 22, 2017

The new Biology Building continues going up! We broke ground on October 15, 2015, had the last beam set at out Topping Out ceremony in May, and are nearing completion of the exterior “skin”. The latest images and time-lapse (from Thanksgiving to the present) can be seen on the Biology Building link on this page. And of course, we appreciate the support of the students of Colorado State University who approved a Facilities Fee to finance much of the construction costs. The project is on time and on budget, and we’re closer to our completion in summer of 2017 than we are to the beginning last year. We thank our partners at CSU Facilities Management, Haselden Construction, and Hord Coplan Macht architects. DISCOVERY BEGINS HERE!

Google Street View cars are eyes on the ground for urban methane leaks

A set of Google Street View mapping cars, specially equipped with cutting-edge methane analyzers, are allowing Colorado State University researchers to “see” invisible methane leaks from natural gas lines beneath our streets. The technical and computational challenges of measuring methane, and the complex methodologies used to collect, analyze and publicize the data, are detailed in […]

‘Spectacular-looking’ endangered frog species discovered in Ecuador’s cloud forests

CSU’s Chris Funk, USFQ’s Juan M. Guayasamin, and colleagues have discovered a new species of frog, which they’ve named the Ecuadorian rainfrog. Credit: Centro Jambatu     It’s not every day someone gets to say, “I’ve discovered a new species.” It’s a claim that Colorado State University biologist Chris Funk can happily make. Funk and his […]

Zookeeping is destiny for Carson Jones

March 20, 2017

Professional science master’s student Carson Jones with Bodhi, one of three elephants at Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage.  Many people don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. Others, like Carson Jones, have always known. “My parents would tell you I’ve wanted to be a zookeeper since I was about 2 years old,” […]

SoGES Director Diana Wall receives top honor from Ecological Society of America

March 2, 2017

Colorado State University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall was recognized March 1 by the Ecological Society of America, which announced that she will receive its highest honor, the 2017 Eminent Ecologist Award, at the society’s annual meeting in August. The award honors a senior ecologist for an outstanding body of ecological work or sustained ecological contributions […]

Young Investigators Award goes to Ph.D. grad Sarah Fitzpatrick

February 17, 2017

A recent Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Biology, Sarah Fitzpatrick, received a Young Investigators Award from the American Society of Naturalists for her work studying the effects of gene flow on wild animal populations. Now an assistant professor at Michigan State University, Fitzpatrick said: “I am extremely honored to receive the ASN Young Investigators […]

CSU wormherders in action in Antarctica

January 11, 2017

A research team led by Diana Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University, started off the new year at McMurdo Station, the largest Antarctic research center on Ross Island, the southernmost island reachable by sea. CSU’s Walter Andriuzzi, a post-doctoral researcher, and graduate student Ashley Shaw are blogging about […]

Associate Professor, Chris Funk, receives $2 million grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to fund sustainability science projects in partnership with Colorado Global Hub of Future Earth

December 15, 2016

A team led by Josh Tewksbury, director of the Colorado Global Hub of Future Earth, and W. Chris Funk, director of the Global Biodiversity Center at Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, recently received a $2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to fund sustainability science projects. The increasing prominence […]

Assistant Professor, Tai Montgomery, awarded Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award

November 28, 2016

Dr. Tai Montgomery, Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, was awarded the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award! The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, created a new way of funding science in 2015 that allows researchers the freedom to take on ambitious challenges and approach problems creatively, without many […]

Biology Professor and Chair, Dr. Mike Antolin, elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science

November 21, 2016

Two Colorado State University faculty members, Michael Antolin and Carmen Menoni, have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a AAAS fellow is bestowed on association members by their peers. Antolin, professor and chair of the Department of Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, was cited for […]

Associate Professor Joe von Fischer maps natural gas leaks in Pittsburgh

November 15, 2016

Associate Professor Joe von Fischer recently traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to map natural gas leaks in the city. Read more about his time there, his partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, and his findings in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette‘s article “Mapping the city’s natural gas leaks – via lasers”

17th Annual Thornton-Massa Lecture: Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 4, 2016

Please join us for the 17th Annual Thornton-Massa Lecture on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Lory Student Centre Theatre! This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Agricultural Sciences. Visit the Thornton-Massa webpage for more information! […]

Associate Professor Shane Kanatous and “Cultural experiences, marine biology combine in Todos Santos”

Shane Kanatous is developing teaching and research collaborations with Dr. Tania Zenteno-Savin from the CIBNOR marine lab in La Paz, Mexico. CIBNOR is one of the main federal marine biology and oceanography labs in Mexico. La Paz is about 30 miles north of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, where CSU’s Todos Santos Center is located.

Herbarium Collections Manager, Jennifer Ackerfield, featured on Alien Plantation Blog

Jennifer Ackerfield, Herbarium Collections Manager in the Biology Department, was recently featured as a guest blogger on Alien Plantation. Ackerfield wrote about the importance of herbaria in the 21st century and beyond in a blog titled “Botany is not dead, but this plant is”. Read her guest blog here:    

Professor Greg Florant Named Director of CSU’s Graduate Center for Diversity and Access

September 15, 2016

The Graduate School at Colorado State has appointed Professor Dr. Greg Florant as the director of the Graduate Center for Diversity and Access (GCDA).

Record Incoming Class for Fall 2016

Fall census has been published by the university, which shows a record-sized incoming class of first-year and transfer students in Biology!

Summer/Fall 2016 Newsletter!

September 13, 2016

Here we are again, starting another academic year and welcoming record numbers of new undergraduate and graduate students. We’ve had a busy year – busier than usual because of construction on the new Biology Building. We’ve also had a year of accolades with faculty recognitions and a record number of graduate student fellowships and grants and undergraduate scholarships. Our department has seen great success and growth in our graduate program, and we are offering new programs at Colorado State University’s Todos Santos Center. Read more about these exciting developments, as well as the many adventures and opportunities our students experience through internships and research projects in the full newsletter.

Perspectives article on sustainable management of dammed streams by Prof. LeRoy Poff in SCIENCE

September 12, 2016

Dr. LeRoy Poff published a perspective on managing the stream flows below dams to promote biodiversity and ecosystem health, in SCIENCE, September 9, 2016.

Dr. Steve Stack, Long-time Professor of Botany, Retires

August 24, 2016

After 47 years with Colorado State University, Dr. Steve Stack retired in May 2016. The biology department celebrates his time at the university and honors his
service and investment in the faculty, staff, and students. He will continue his work (at a slightly reduced pace) as Professor Emeritus.

Biology dives deep at CSU’s Todos Santos Center in Mexico

August 12, 2016

This summer term, seven eager undergraduate students spent nearly three weeks in the field – and on the water – in the first Field Marine Biology course at CSU’s Todos Santos Center in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The study abroad course brought students to the biologically rich area, where they could experience animals and ecosystems […]

Janice Moore recognized for pioneering parasitology, animal behavior work

August 10, 2016

Professor Janice Moore received the 2016 Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society as recognition of her “major long-term contribution in animal behavior.” She was honored at the Animal Behavior Society annual meeting that took place July 30 – August 3 in Columbia, MO.  Read the full SOURCE story here: She is also co-author of one of […]

Biology Dept. Professor Diana Wall named to British Ecological Society

August 9, 2016

This year, Colorado State University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall joins the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Edward O. Wilson, and other scientific luminaries as an Honorary Member of the British Ecological Society. Wall is a College of Natural Sciences biology faculty member and director of CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Read the full story […]

Congratulations to our graduates 2015-2016!

May 31, 2016

Twice a year, in December and in May, we celebrate commencement, a time of great joy and satisfaction, reconnection between students and their families, looking both back in time and forward to exciting futures.

Topping Out Ceremony of New Biology Building

May 19, 2016

The new biology building is going up quickly! On Friday, May 6th, the final beam was set in the building and Haselden Construction hosted the Department of Biology, CSU’s Board of Governors and faculty and staff from the College of Natural Sciences for a celebratory BBQ and Topping Out Ceremony. Prior to the celebration, leadership, faculty […]

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2016 Biology Department Annual Awards Ceremony

On May 3, 2016, the Biology Department held their Annual Awards Ceremony. Dr. Mike Antolin, Chair and Dr. Mark Simmons, Awards Committee Chair, honored faculty, staff and students for the many awards and accomplishments earned, and the department celebrated the success of hard work and the excitement of future opportunities!  Biology continues its path to […]

Nate Lemoine featured in SOURCE article, “Are invaders ‘different?’ Nope, says CSU biologist”

One of Biology’s Research Scientists, Nate Lemoine, was featured in a recent SOURCE article about his study of non-native, or invasive, plant species and their introduction into new environments. He began this study as a graduate student at Florida International University, working in association with the Smithsonian Institute. Read the full SOURCE article here:

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Graduate School Orientation Spring 2016

December 16, 2015

1/14/2016 9:30 – 11 am Morgan Library Event Hall rm 167 Orientation for new graduate students with a continental breakfast at 9 am. Contact Sandy Dailey at 970-491-6817 with questions. Registration not required.

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Prof. Cameron Ghalambor Elected as Fellow of American Ornithologist Union

December 4, 2015

At the 133rd annual meeting of the American Ornithologist Union (AOU) this past July, Professor Cameron Ghalambor was elected as a Fellow. Only 15 Fellows and 2 Honorary Fellows were inducted this year. Fellows and Honorary Fellows are nominated and elected by their peers into one of the oldest professional scientific organizations in North America, […]

Biology Graduate Students Win Campus Awards

December 2, 2015

Please join us in congratulating our graduate student award winners from the recent Grad Student Showcase. We are so proud of the hard work they do! GREAT MINDS IN RESEARCH AWARD Presented in collaboration by the Graduate School and the Office of Vice President for Research • Honorable Mention:$100- Lindsay Martin • Molting Gland De […]

Dr. Joe von Fischer’s Methane Detection Spurs Utility Upgrades in New Jersey

November 30, 2015

Dr. Joe von Fisher’s work with methane detection has real-world benefits.

Biology Student Wins Mountain West Cross Country Championship, named All-American after top-20 finish at NCAA Division 1 National Championships

Cross country runner and Biological Sciences sophomore Jerrell Mock has made a name for himself as a MW Champion and NCAA Dvisoin I All-American.

New Scholarship Supports Undergraduate Research

November 19, 2015

Dr. Greg Florant was only doing his job. A sophomore student interested in research started working in his lab to learn about being a scientist. Her grades were not stellar, but she showed a “fire in the belly,” and after bringing her on board in his lab, he began to lay the foundation of how […]

Drs. Anderson and Stack journey to St. Petersburg Russia for International Collaboration

October 20, 2015

Drs. Lorinda Anderson and Stephen Stack will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia later in October to present two seminars each at St. Petersburg State University. Dr. Stack will focus his talks on the lab’s extensive work in the sequencing of the tomato genome and on genetic recombination in maize, and Dr. Anderson will focus her […]

Fall 2015 Chair Welcome

September 30, 2015

Where did the summer go? Welcome back for another academic year after an eventful summer that saw progress on the new Biology Building, many students get their diplomas and many new students arriving, faculty, post-doc and graduate student awards, new funding for research and other updates about the Biology program at Colorado State University!

Welcome to Associate Professor Meena Balgopal

September 28, 2015

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. Meena Balgopal to the Department of Biology as an Associate Professor of Science Education. Dr. Balgopal focuses her research on understanding how students learn through writing, and how teachers develop both their base of knowledge and ability to effectively communicate with students. For the College of Natural Sciences, her hire helps us meet our goal of increasing the number of DBER’s (dee-burrs, Discipline-Based Education Researchers) across departments.

Recent Research Funding to the Biology Department

Faculty in the Biology Department have scored success in research grants from many sources, in an increasingly competitive and challenging research funding atmosphere. The richness and breadth of research in Biology spans from molecular biology and biotechnology, to evolution, physiology and behavior, and to ecosystem studies.

Prestigious Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships Awarded in Biology

Post-doctoral researchers continue their training while working in the laboratories of faculty in the Biology department. Many are supported by research grants of their mentor/sponsors, but we are fortunate to also attract highly skilled post-docs who gain their own support. This year two have been awarded to post-docs in Biology, to Dr. Justin Havird and to Dr. Denis Jallet.

Cameron Ghalambor and Kim Hoke published in NATURE

The Trinidadian guppy is a model for evolutionary studies in natural settings, where this tiny fish is able to evolve its color, behavior and breeding patterns in response to different predator regimes. Along with several others in Biology’s Guppy Group, Cameron Ghalambor and Kim Hoke have extended the experiments demonstrating evolution in wild populations of guppies to genomic analyses of which genes are turned on and off during the evolutionary process.

Biology Faculty and Student Award Winners

July 15, 2015

Once again, the Department of Biology demonstrates excellence by receiving a long list of awards.  Please join us in congratulating the 2014-15 award winners and the 2015-16 scholarship recipients: DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND MENTORING Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching: Dr. Debbie Garrity Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring: Dr. […]

Ken Kassenbrock: Mushroom Stalker and Fungi Forager

June 29, 2015

A wet spring is not only welcome for our gardens, it also causes the mountains to spring forth mushrooms in abundance. It’s a mycologist’s dream. Dr. Ken Kassenbrock, who teaches Mycology (BZ333) for the Department of Biology, is especially happy with our wet spring as he plans to once again teach mushroom hunting classes at […]

Jennifer Ackerfield and Flora of Colorado Book Launch

June 26, 2015

Ask Jennifer Ackerfield about blood and she pales; ask her about plants and you’ll feel the flood of enthusiasm wash over you.  Jennifer knew she wanted to work with plants from early on when her kindergarten teacher pointed out buds on trees.  Jennifer said, “I thought it was the coolest thing ever!” Growing up on a […]

Asst. Professor Tai Montgomery named a Boettcher Investigator for 2015-2018

June 10, 2015

It is our great pleasure to report that Assistant Professor Tai Montgomery has been honored by a 3-year, $225,000 award as Colorado State University’s 2015 Boettcher Investigator.  Dr. Montgomery joined the Biology Department in Fall 2013, and studies molecular genetic regulation of cellular processes via micro-RNA’s, using the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model. Please […]

CSU and Ecuador: Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry on Two Continents

June 2, 2015

You could think of Ecuador as the southern branch of the CSU Department of Biology. Five faculty members have established research sites in that exquisitely beautiful country to study ecology and evolutionary biology. (For more on their research, scroll to the end of this article and click on the links to their labs.) When all […]

Treva Creed Retires

May 28, 2015

Click here for a Photo Gallery of Treva’s Retirement Party: For those of you who have been in the Department of Biology for any length of time… you know the building will likely fall down soon – Treva Creed has retired! She began her time at CSU in Civil Engineering back in 1989. What […]


May 20, 2015

It is with a great sense of pride that we can announce that all of our faculty nominees for tenure and promotion during this academic year succeeded!

Harold Harrington’s Legacy as Curator of the Colorado State University Herbarium

May 18, 2015

by Jennifer Ackerfield Harold David (H.D.) Harrington developed his deep love of and respect for plants during his childhood on a farm. He was born in De Motte, Indiana, on Mar. 14, 1903, living there until 1909 when the the family moved to Mitchell, South Dakota.  They moved yet again in 1911 to Graettinger, Iowa, […]

Clancy and Sparky: Biology Department Mascots!

April 9, 2015

And speaking of herpetology:  Clancy and Sparky are two razor-backed musk turtles who line in the freshwater tanks in the lobby of the Anatomy/Zoology Building east wing, and are FaceBook celebrities!

Classroom Press with Jess: Herpetology Featured in the Rocky Mountain Collegian!

Here’s a great article about the BZ 329 Herpetology class currently being offered by Drs. Rachel Mueller and Jennifer Neuwald. It’s really great to see something we love so much being shown to be such fun! Congrats to Rachel and Jennifer!

Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Biology Buzz Newsletter is here!

February 24, 2015

Dear Alumni, friends and colleagues, Our latest newsletter is now published and ready for viewing, filled with all kinds of great stuff: If you would like a copy mailed to your address, please contact Administrative Assistant Reneka Hall (970-491-7011), To view an archive of previous Biology Buzz newsletters, see:

Professor June Medford’s Perspective on Synthetic Biology in Science magazine

February 22, 2015

Professor June Medford and colleage Dr. Ashok Prasad (Chemical and Biological Engineering) published a perspective article on the burgeoning field of synthetic biology in Science (October 10, 2014), “Plant synthetic biology takes root : Applying the basic principles of synthetic biology to plants shows progress” (Science, October 10, 2014) . Synthetic biology integrates analysis of mathematical […]

Recent PhD graduate Katie Langin’s Santa Cruz Island Scrub Jay study makes waves

February 17, 2015

Dr. Katie Langin carried out her doctoral research on Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands off the cost of southern California, studying endemic populations of the Island Scrub Jays.  While island endemics are usually expected to have little genetic diversity, and thus little potential for evolution, she found quite the opposite.  Birds that […]

Professor Steve Stack Honored by Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture for groundbreaking work on the tomato genome.

January 28, 2015

Prof Steve Stack and his research group are among the recipients of a prestigious 2014 Secretary’s Honor Award for Increasing Global Food Supply from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The winners were formally recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 6, 2014.  The Secretary’s Honor Awards are among the highest accolades […]

Chris Funk named Leopold Leadership Fellow

January 16, 2015

Chris Funk, an associate professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, is one of 20 researchers from across North America selected for the Leopold Leadership Program, which is based at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Funk is also the Chair of the Biodiversity Working Group at CSU’s School […]

Cary Fowler, 15th Annual Thornton-Massa Lecture

October 16, 2014

Colorado State University is honored to have world-renowned Cary Fowler visit campus and share his expertise. Dr. Fowler has produced and implemented some of the most important research on crop diversity. Come experience his insights. Produced the UN’s rst global assessment of the state of the world’s crop diversity while leading the International Conference and […]

Associate Professor Chris Funk to study infectious diseases of Pumas

July 28, 2014

Chris Funk, along with Sue Vandewoude from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Kevin Crooks from the Warner College of Natural Resources, has been awarded a  $2 million grant to study diseases and pathogen transmission in pumas, from the Ecology of Infectious Diseases program from the National Science Foundation.   More details […]

Botany undergraduate extraordinaire Zane Moore helps save “albino” redwoods in California (interview on NPR)!

Zane Moore, Botany undergrad and recipient of the College of Natural Sciences Marilyn & Ron Tuttle Undergraduate Research Scholarship for the upcoming year, was interviewed by National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” on July 28, 2014.           Zane standing next to the second tallest tree on earth, a 376′ redwood!       […]

Joe von Fischer in the News: Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth project on mapping methane!

July 17, 2014

Our own Joe von Fischer has found fame in finding methane!  A broader description of the project is published online at CSU Today: The EDF put together a really nice web page describing the project:  The story was picked up broadly and already appeared in the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Scientific American.  Some other […]

New Funding for Assistant Professor Dan Sloan!

July 16, 2014

Assistant Professor Dan Sloan was awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation (Molecular and Cellular Biosciences) for “Co-Evolving Genomes: The Impact of Mitochondrial Genome Instability on the Nucleus”. In this 3-year, $330,000 project, Dr. Sloan will make among-species comparisons of nuclear genes that influence genome size, mutation rates, and gene function in mitochondrial […]

Professor Emeritus Bill Marquardt Has Passed

On the morning of June 19, 2014 William C. (Bill) Marquardt III passed away from pancreatic cancer, while being comforted by family members in Fort Collins.  Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 9, 1924, Bill was 89 years old, the third child and only son of Lucy Pluess and William C. Marquardt Jr.  Bill attended Northwestern University […]

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The Award-winning Department of Biology!

July 9, 2014

The Biology Department strives for excellence, and we deliver.  Please look over the long list of accomplishments this year in Biology, at all levels from undergraduates to Professors, from departmental awards to international recognition!   Department of Biology Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring: Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching:  Corey Handelsman and Jenna McAleer […]

Biology Emeritus Faculty David Pettus has Passed

April 20, 2014

                    Dr. David Pettus, who was a member of the Department of Biology until 1989, passed away on April 2,  2014.   At Colorado State, Dr. Pettus began his work on ecology and evolution of amphibians in the Zoology Department  in College of Science and Arts in […]

Biology Emeritus Faculty Richard Ward has Passed

                    Dr. Richard T. Ward, who was a member of the Department of Biology until 1990, passed on April 9,  2014.   At Colorado State, Dr. Ward began his work on ecology of alpine and arctic plant ecosystems  in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department in […]

Univeristy Distinguished Professor Diana Wall inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

March 13, 2014

Dr. Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor in Biology, the Natural Resources Ecology Lab, and founding Director of Colorado State’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability has been recognized by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.  She, along with five other contemporary women and four historical figures, will be honored during the Hall of Fame 2014 Induction […]

Assistant Professor Kim Hoke Awarded Two Research Grants from the National Science Foundation, Totalling $1.4M!

March 4, 2014

Assistant Professor Kim Hoke received not just one, but two research grants to support her research for the next five years!     The first is a prestigious CAREER award “Flexibility, constraints, and selection in repeated ear loss and regain in toads” ($809,000), which funds  comparative studies of ear morphology, neurobiology and genomics of Andean frog species […]

Post-flood Study Funded by the National Science Foundation

March 3, 2014

Biology Department scientists LeRoy Poff and Chris Funk have received a grant that extends their NSF-funded EvoTrac project.  The proposed research, “RAPID – Effects of an Extreme Disturbance Event on Genomic Variation and Community Organization of Stream Insects” provides funds to re-sample aquatic insects from a number of streams along the Front Range that were sampled last […]

Dr. Anireddy Reddy Awarded $1.4M from DOE for Biofuels Research

February 27, 2014

Dr. Reddy’s laboratory group, in collaboration with Dr. Asa Ben-Hur from Computer Sciences, will be examining how gene expression changes in response to drought in sorghum.  The goal is to produce varieties that could be grown in lands that are marginal for other kinds of agriculture.  See the full article describing the project in CSU’s […]

Biology Students Succeed at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium

February 26, 2014

The annual Front Range Student Ecology symposium, hosted by the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, was held February 18-19.  Numerous graduate and undergraduate students from the Biology Department participated, and several gained awards in the following categories: Oral Presentation Graduate      Dale Broder ($500 travel award from  GDPE)      Keziah Katz and Mike […]

Department of Biology Winter 2014 Newsletter

February 14, 2014

I’m excited to share our Department of Biology Winter 2014 newsletter with you. Please take a few moments to review some of our recent happenings. Biology Departmental Newsletter – Winter 2013/2014

Greg Florant and Baby Star In PBS Documentary

January 30, 2014

Baby, a marmot CSU researcher Greg Florant has raised since birth, is starring in an upcoming PBS documentary on home-building mammals. Greg Florant is no stranger to media. The Colorado State University professor is known for his research on how hibernating mammals – particularly marmots – use fats and other nutrients to hibernate. Reporters often […]

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Annual Holiday Potluck highlights cooking talents

December 18, 2013

Every year the department sponsors a Holiday Potluck celebration to end our semester with time for social interaction and to compete for bragging rights for preparing the best dishes.  Highly sought after prizes such as candy canes and goofy note pads are awarded to those with the highest number of votes collected by secret ballot.  […]

Chinese academy taps Alan Knapp to lead review

November 21, 2013

Dr. Alan Knapp is leading an international review of research and graduate programs at the Institute of Applied Ecology in China. Alan K. Knapp, a professor of biology and a senior ecologist with the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU, is chairing the review panel, which includes scientists from Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, the […]

Diana Wall selected for Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

November 14, 2013

Wall and five other contemporary women, along with four historical figures, will be honored during the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Gala on March 20 at the Denver Marriott City Center. Diana H. Wall, world-renowned ecologist, Antarctic researcher, and University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, has been named one of the 10 […]

Graham Peers featured in the “Meet the Professor” series in the Fort Collins Coloradoan

November 6, 2013

Question: When did you start at CSU and in what capacity? Answer: I just celebrated my two-year anniversary in the biology department last month! Q: What does your work look like? A: My work is a mix of teaching and research. I’m teaching two courses. One is an upper-level course on algae with a dozen […]

Diana Wall receives highest honor from Soil Science Society of America

November 4, 2013

Diana H. Wall, founding director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at Colorado State University, will be presented with the Soil Science Society of America’s highest honor, the Presidential Award, at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting on Nov. 4 in Tampa. SSSA annual awards honor outstanding contributions to soil science through education, national […]

The research of Dr. June Medford will be featured on PBS’s NOVA program on “Making Stuff Safer”, with David Pogue

October 15, 2013

The research of Dr. June Medford will be featured on PBS’s NOVA program on “Making Stuff Safer”, with David Pogue, on November 6 at 8 PM on Rocky Mtn PBS (Channel 6).  See the preview: Program Description The world has always been a dangerous place, so how do we increase our odds of survival? […]

Don Mykles uses crabs as translational research for understanding cell growth

September 9, 2013

What do crabs and cancer have in common, other than both being signs of the zodiac? Professor Don Mykles says that the same genes that control growth in crustaceans are involved in abnormal cell growth in cancer. “At the cellular level, the molecular mechanisms controlling growth are highly conserved in all organisms, from yeast to […]

Michael Antolin named Biology chair

July 23, 2013

CSU’s College of Natural Sciences has named Micael Antolin as the new chair of the Department of Biology, effective Aug. 15, 2013. Antolin, a biology professor, has served as interim chair of the department since July 2012. Leading the College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Biology is no small undertaking.  In fact, as the largest […]

David Steingraeber, Jack E. Cermak Outstanding Advisor Award

May 8, 2013

Endowed in 1984 to honor excellence in academic advising, including recognition by students and peers as an outstanding advisor; capacity to offer career as well as academic advising; interpersonal communication skills that lead to beneficial advising relationships; and contributions to the improvement of advising services and/or the appreciation of academic advising throughout the campus.

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Lisa Angeloni, Dale Broder, & Don Mykles receive college-wide awards

April 16, 2013

Three members of the Department of Biology are to be honored with College of Natural Sciences awards: Lisa Angeloni: Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring E. Dale Broder: Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Donald L. Mykles: Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring Please join us at the College of Natural Sciences Awards […]

Diana Wall receives coveted Tyler Prize

March 25, 2013

Dr. Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Global and Environmental Sustainability,  has been named the 2013 recipient of the Tyler Prize.  This is the highest international recognition given in environmental science each year, and is richly deserved by Dr. Wall for her scientific work in the Antarctic and on global […]

Dr. Pat Bedinger named a Professor Laureate in the College of Natural Sciences

Dr. Pat Bedinger has been named a Professor Laureate in the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University for 2013-2014.  This is the highest recognition in the College, and is for Dr. Bedinger’s outstanding work as a Master Teacher and a research mentor, and for leading a large multi-university research group investigating the molecular […]

Biology Research Makes Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

March 1, 2013

Efforts underway in the laboratory of Professor June Medford use Plant Synthetic Biology to develop new traits such as enabling computer design detection abilities in plants. Work for the Medford lab was recently described in the “esteemed” publication, Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Webb Lab: Bats more likely to carry disease than rodents

February 14, 2013

Rodents hugely outnumber bats, but bats are more likely than rodents to carry viruses that can be transmitted between animals and humans, according to new research by Colorado State University disease ecologists. “There’s been a lot of speculation that bats might be special in some way as far as their potential to host zoonotic diseases,” […]

Guppy Study at Colorado State University Could Tell Scientists about Genetics of Conservation

January 31, 2013

Biology professors at Colorado State University have obtained a three-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the effects of genes moving from one population to another. Increasingly, wildlife managers are discovering the benefits of informing conservation action and policy with research on the genetics of populations. For example, relocation is a common management tool […]

Professors Don Mykles and LeRoy Poff Awarded as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (along with three other from the College of Natural Sciences)

December 4, 2012

Five Colorado State University professors in the College of Natural Sciences have been awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science distinction of Fellow. The title of AAAS Fellow, one of the most prestigious honors in science, requires nomination by scientific peers. This year’s class from CSU includes three in from the Department of […]

Dr. June Medford awarded $2 million DOE grant to re-engineer plants for biofuels

December 3, 2012

A Colorado State University team has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to produce a biological control system for bioenergy crops. June Medford and Mauricio Antunes, both professors in the Biology department, and Ashok Prasad, a professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering, received the grant from Advanced Research Projects Agency […]

S.D. governor proclaims Thursday Diana Wall Day

September 27, 2012

It will be forever stamped in the history books in South Dakota: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, will always be known as “Dr. Diana Harrison Wall Day.” Gov. Dennis Daugaard will honor Wall, University Distinguished Professor at CSU, as part of a ceremony tonight where she will receive the Mines Medal of South Dakota School of Mines […]

CSU’s June Medford receives top national honors for PR initiatives

July 30, 2012

Awarded Gold CASE  “CSU Biologist Builds Bomb-Sniffing Plants” was awarded a national Gold CASE Circle of Excellence Award, the top honor in the category of Media Relations Programs and Plans. The campaign gained world-wide media attention for Professor June Medford’s work with a computer designed detection trait that changes a plant’s colors when pollutants or […]

Salazar, Wall named ‘Women of Vision’

July 13, 2012

The Colorado Women of Influence have honored university distinguished professor Diana Wall and Guadalupe Salazar, the director of El Centro at Colorado State University, as 2012 Women of Vision. The winners were announced at a July 11 gala at the Fort Collins Marriott. “We are extremely proud that Diana Wall and Guadalupe Salazar have been […]

Professor Mike Antolin Appointed Interim Chair

June 18, 2012

Beginning July 1, Dean Nerger has appointed Professor Mike Antolin as Interim Chair of the department.  The Dean noted as Associate Chair Mike has been very engaged in the Department and is well aware of the department operations.  She believes Antolin  will maintain the continuity of the department leadership and planning as well as keep […]

Steve Stack and CSU researchers help crack tomato’s DNA code

June 11, 2012

Professor Stephen Stack and a group of CSU researchers were part of an international team that could enhance production for the $2 billion tomato industry. Tomatoes could be reengineered to get tastier and survive droughts and pests now that a CSU professor’s team and some 300 other scientists from around the globe have sequenced the […]

Dan Bush is the new vice provost for Faculty Affairs

May 29, 2012

Daniel Bush, professor and chair of the Department of Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, has been named vice provost for Faculty Affairs at Colorado State. He will begin his new post on July 1. Read the full story at:

Dr. Shane Kanatous to study regeneration of seal cells

April 23, 2012

Biologist Shane Kanatous runs the only laboratory in the world that has isolated and grown primary muscle cells of Weddell seals. This summer, with seed money from the Office of Naval Research, he will set out to prove he can generate a similar primary muscle cell line from California’s northern elephant seals – all in […]

Professor Alan Knapp Leads National Drought Study on Grasslands

February 28, 2012

A Colorado State University biologist will lead a national team that will experimentally impose severe drought in Great Plains grasslands and evaluate how the landscape responds – the first large-scale project of its kind. The National Science Foundation has awarded $3.7 million to Alan Knapp, a biology professor and senior ecologist with the Graduate Degree […]

You say tomato, I say potato: Wild tomatoes could unlock secrets of fungus behind Irish potato famine

February 23, 2012

Wild tomatoes could help researchers design potatoes resistant to the fungus that caused the Irish potato famine and still threatens potato crops around the globe, said a Colorado State University biologist who has received a $5.8 million National Science Foundation grant for the research.  Read the whole story:

University Distinguished Professor appointed to White House panel reviewing U.S. presence in Antarctica

Two planes, one ship, one Zodiac raft and three days will get University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall to an icy end of the earth this week where she will help evaluate the U.S. research presence in Antarctica. Read the whole story:

Groundhog Day always special at CSU thanks to biology professor

February 2, 2012

Professor Greg Florant gets lots of media attention around the same day every year: Groundhog Day.

Chemistry, Biology Chairs Elected Fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

December 19, 2011

Two chairs of the College of Natural Sciences – Daniel R. Bush in biology and Ellen R. Fisher in chemistry – have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a prestigious peer honor awarded to a select group of scientists across the country each year.

World Food Prize Laureate to Deliver Thornton-Massa Lecture

September 8, 2011

Gebisa Ejeta, a World Food Prize laureate who was raised in a thatched hut in Ethiopia and later used his training as a plant breeder and geneticist to abate hunger in Africa will deliver an invited talk about food security on Sunday, September 11.

CSU biologists tackle bigger, better plants for biofuels with $1.3 million DOE, USDA grant

August 18, 2011

Three Colorado State University plant biologists have received a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to genetically engineer bigger and better plants that could provide more physical mass for biofuels.