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Welcome message from Dr. Clay Clark, chair of biology

Welcome to the Department of Biology at the University of Texas Arlington. We perform research and teach across the biological sciences. Our 18 research faculty conduct cutting-edge work in genomics and evolutionary biology, microbiology, and ecology on topics ranging from evolution of new species to antibiotic resistance to global warming. These faculty mentor approximately 80 graduate students earning a Ph.D. or M.S. who are preparing for careers in academia, industry, education, and government. Along with 11 instructors, the faculty also teach approximately 2000 undergraduate majors in Biology or Microbiology, as well as students from other departments across the university. Many of our undergraduates actively pursue research in faculty labs, preparing them for future careers in basic and applied biological sciences, medicine, and other health professions. I encourage you to explore our webpage to learn more about our department and the exciting opportunities for students and research that we support.

The Department of Biology is dedicated to the University mission of research, teaching, and service. Our goals are to provide rigorous, modern training in the biosciences to undergraduate and graduate students, enabling them to pursue careers in scientific research, biology, and biomedical careers. Faculty research and scholarship are integral to our mission and help improve the quality of our undergraduate and graduate training. Outreach to local public schools and other public institutions serve to promote the University‘s activities and increase community awareness of the role of science in our society.


The Department of Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington is an integral academic unit within the
College of Science. The mission of the Department is to advance the understanding and appreciation of biology within the State of Texas and more globally. A major emphasis of our program is to encourage critical thinking and an active engagement in the biological sciences. The department seeks to fulfill this mission through comprehensive teaching and training at the undergraduate and graduate levels, original research advancing knowledge in life science, service to communities within Texas, and outreach to fulfill societal needs with respect to the life sciences.

Biology supports a vibrant, contemporary research program that spans a range of disciplines. The Department has vigorous Ph.D. and M.S. programs that prepare students for successful academic, public-, and private-sector careers in the life sciences. The Department of Biology is home to the largest undergraduate major on the College of Science. The Department offers extensive opportunities for Independent Study, providing students with valuable research experience in many areas of Biology. Faculty in the Department have been recognized for excellence in instruction with numerous teaching awards. The Dept. of Biology is the only unit on campus to have four members in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, an extremely exclusive group.

All seminars are at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in Life Science Building, Room 118.

September 10, 2015
Speaker: Esther Betran, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, UT Arlington

September 17, 2015

September 24, 2015
Speaker: Volker Rudolf, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology,
Rice University
Title: Thinking inside the box: Community-level consequences of stage-structured populations
Host: Matt Walsh

October 1, 2015
Speaker: Andrew Baker, Associate Professor, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology,
University of Miami
Host: Laura Mydlarz

October 8, 2015

October 15, 2015
Speaker: Colleen Burge, Assistant Professor, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology,
University of Maryland
Host: Laura Mydlarz

October 22, 2015
October 29, 2015
Speaker: Bryan Carstens, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Ohio State University
Host: James McQuillan, Fujita Lab

November 5, 2015
Speaker: Sangoon Kang, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Baylor University
Host: Woo-Suk Chang

November 12, 2015
Speaker: Zachary Campbell, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences,
University Texas Dallas
Host: Clay Clark

November 19, 2015
Speaker: Britt Koskella, Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Host: Matthew Walsh

FRIDAY, December 4, 2015 at 12 noon
Speaker: Andrew G. Clark, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Population Genetics,
Peter Meinig Family Investigator, and Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics,
Cornell University
Host: Phi Sigma

University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Biology
Box 19498, Arlington, Texas 76019-0498, USA
Phone: 817-272-2872 Fax: 817-272-2855
Mailing Address: Life Science, Room 337
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