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Main Office Contact Information: Monday – Friday | 7:30 am – 4:30 pm | CNS-Bio_Info@colostate.edu | 970-491-7011

Summer 2024 Office Hours: May 13th – August 16th | Monday – Thursday | 8:30am – 4:30pm | Closed Fridays*

*Office Staff may have adjusted work hours over summer and will be working remotely on Fridays.

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Research Scientist, Anping Chen, collaborates on several papers contributing to the global study of soil carbon levels & climate change.
In partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Chen's work highlights a new report which shows the amount of inorganic carbon in soil may be under-accounted for in global climate models. In his papers, Chen delves into the complexities of this mineral-based carbon storage and investigates its role in carbon dioxide sequestration and emissions, along with examining the impact of lost carbon which could potentially exacerbate climate change.
Dr. Joe von Fischer discusses why methane, the greenhouse gas to beat, is the key to addressing climate change.
In this podcast, Dr. Fischer talks about how methane compares to the more notorious carbon dioxide, his research into ways we can better measure methane emissions, and why measuring and reducing methane is a critical opportunity in the climate fight. Learn more: col.st/oEu9z
Dr. Shane Kanatous named one of CSU's Best Teachers of 2024.
“Dr. Kanatous always encourages you to ask questions, and he encourages you to push through your comfort zone because he wants you to grow and become the best version of yourself. Volunteering in his lab has given me more confidence to accept challenges and grow as a researcher.” – Catalina Mazariegos, senior (’24)
Honoring Dr. Diana H. Wall Monday, May 6, from 5-7 p.m. in the Never No Summer Ballroom at the Lory Student Center for the campus community.
A Celebration of Life will be held for the groundbreaking soil ecologist who was one of the world’s most internationally respected environmental scientists and inaugural director of CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, and a beloved member of the Biology Department.
Dr. Melinda Smith leads CSU ecologists launch study on droughts, deluges and carbon cycles in grasslands.
A $1 million DOE-funded study will combine field experiments and computer modeling to assess how extreme weather patterns brought on by climate change impact grasslands.

Welcome to the Department of Biology at Colorado State University. Our internationally-recognized research and education programs focus on organisms, diving into mechanistic detail about how they work, or stepping back to consider how they interact with each other and with their environment.  From cells to the biosphere, we make discoveries about fundamental questions in Biology, and we use this new knowledge to make the world a better place.  CSU Biology is a place where everyone is welcome to indulge their curiosity about the living world.

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Student Highlights

A Day in the Life of Biology Student An-Ping Yu

Marissa Martinez’s stay-curious energy earned her a feature in @natgeotv’s new show, “Science Fair: The Series,” and propelled her all the way to the International Science and Engineering Fair, securing her a full-ride scholarship through the @boettcherfdn to study biology right here at @CSUNaturalSciences 📚🥼

Catch #ScienceFairTheSeries on @hulu and @disneyplus, out now 📺 👀

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Marissa Martinez - NatGeo's "Science Fair: The Series"

“Biology graduate student promotes importance of self in lab”

by Allie Ruckman, featuring Mel Morado

“Recognizing and addressing oppression in the sciences”

by Allie Ruckman, featuring Marina Rodriguez, Amir Alayoubi and Beth Wittmann

“Q&A with Boettcher Scholar and International Science and Engineering Fair participant”

by Allie Ruckman, featuring Marissa Martinez

Class Highlights

Course Snapshots

LIFE 102 – Attributes of Living Systems: This course is an introductory biology course that works well for both incoming Freshmen and outgoing Seniors. It not only provides a basis for more-advanced courses in life sciences, but also serves as an effective review for more-advanced students.

BZ223 – Plant Identification: With the ecological and environmental issues we are facing as a society, plant Identification skills are more important than ever. Learn how to identify flowering plants in a way that will serve you no matter where you live/work in the future!

BZ311 – Developmental Biology: The details of life are important. Join us in developmental biology, where we discuss how organisms form.

BZ300 – Animal Behavior: For anyone interested in understanding how and why animals do what they do!

BZ440 – Plant Physiology: Who is this course for? • Students who are interested in understanding various facets of plant functions at cellular, organellar and whole plant level during its life time. • Students who also wants to learn various physiological aspects at the molecular level and how these processes regulate the plants response to changing environment conditions which in turn influences their growth and productivity. • The main target groups are upper-division undergraduate students with backgrounds/career interests in Biology, Horticulture, Soil and Crop Science, Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, and related areas. Graduate students conducting research in similar fields are also welcome. • Those students who want to pursue plant research related jobs in private sector, federal and state institutions are encouraged to enroll as this course fulfils their basic requirements.

BZ339 Section 001 – Animal Behavioral Ecology Field Course: Study Behavioral Ecology in the Field this Summer!

BZ339 Section 002 – Field Methods in Plant Ecology: Great opportunity for gaining experience in field-based plant research this summer!

Course Snapshots

LIFE 102 – Attributes of Living Systems: This course is an introductory biology course that works well for both incoming Freshmen and outgoing Seniors. It not only provides a basis for more-advanced courses in life sciences, but also serves as an effective review for more-advanced students.

BZ223 – Plant Identification: With the ecological and environmental issues we are facing as a society, plant Identification skills are more important than ever. Learn how to identify flowering plants in a way that will serve you no matter where you live/work in the future!

BZ300 – Animal Behavior: For anyone interested in understanding how and why animals do what they do!

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BZ424/520 – Principles of Systematic Science/Advanced Systematics: Students interested in developing and evaluating phylogenetic hypotheses and the many real-world applications of systematic science should consider this course, which allows them to develop research skills relevant to evolutionary biology.

BZ492F/692G – How Museums Democratize Science: As part of CSU’s Democracy and Civic Engagement Thematic Year, Biology is offering a seminar on the role of museums and collections in engaging the public in science.

Our Education Abroad programs are as diverse as they are enticing! Check out our programs and learn more about these incredible opportunities here: CSU | Education Abroad | Recommended CNS Programs Abroad

Learn more about CSU’s Education Abroad Programs here: CSU | Education Abroad

Speak with an advisor to see if these programs are right for you!: CSU | Biology | Advising

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Marine Biology in Mexico: For Fall 2024, apply by April 15th – APPLY

Dolphin Behavior & Physiology in Honduras: For Winter 2024, apply by May 1st (priority deadline) and September 15th (final deadline) – APPLY

Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation of Biodiversity in Ecuador: For Winter 2024, apply by May 1st (priority deadline) and September 15th (final deadline) – APPLY

Behavior and Biology of African Mammals in Kenya: For Summer 2025, apply by December 1st (early deadline) and February 15th (final deadline) – APPLY

Field Mammalogy (BZ 340)

A successful specimen prep day! These ground squirrels are ready to be used for instruction in BZ330: Mammalogy. Keep an eye out for these specimens in our teaching collection.

Learn more about specimen prep here: YouTube | Museum Prep 101

Warning: The linked video explains the process of preparing museum specimens. The content may be considered graphic by some.

“Pursuing new educational frontiers” – by Allie Ruckman, Elements

A brand-new course in the Department of Biology, Behavior and Biology of African Mammals, brought 16 students to Kenya summer 2023 to practice fieldwork and observational skills in an environment very unlike that of Northern Colorado.

News

Bats in Colorado face fight against deadly fungus that causes white-nose syndrome

Bat populations in Colorado may be headed for a decline that could cause ecological disruptions across the state.

CSU researchers contribute to global study of soil carbon levels, climate change

Report shows the amount of carbon in soil may be under-accounted for in global climate models.

Amphibian Week highlights critical conservation research at CSU

In honor of Amphibian Week, May 5-11, three faculty members share their experiences researching amphibians.

Celebration of Life for Diana Wall set for May 6

It will be an open house format in the Lory Student Center’s Never No Summer Ballroom, with a short recognition program and video at 5:45 p.m.

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DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

Colorado State University
Biology Building, Room 111

1878 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Telephone: 970-491-7011
Fax: 970-491-0649
Email: CNS-Bio_Info@colostate.edu