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Welcome message from Dr. Laura Gough, interim chair:

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 124. Full details here.

March 6 -- Marnie Rout, UNT Health Science Center, “The Role of the Plant Microbiome in Invasion Ecology: A Case Study”

March 20 -- David Reznick, UC Riverside, “Experimental Studies of the Interaction Between Ecology and Evolution in a Natural Ecosystem”

March 27 -- Jim McGuire, UC Berkeley, Title TBA

April 3 -- Gary Stacey, University of Missouri, “Chitin signaling in plants: A comparison of the role of chitooligosaccharides in plant symbiotic and pathogen associations”

April 10 -- Lisette Waits, University of Idaho, ”Landscape genetics and contributions to wildlife ecology and management (case studies from amphibians/wolverines/cougars)”

April 17 -- Steve Pennings, University of Houston, “Reciprocal feedbacks between crabs and creek growth in coastal salt marshes”

April 24 -- Virginia Weis, Oregon State University, “The regulation of coral-dinoflagellate symbioses: the role of innate immunity”
2014 Calendar of events
Monday, April 7 Registration begins for Summer & Fall 2014
Friday, May 2 Last day of classes for Spring 2014
May 2-9 Final exams for Spring 2014
May 9-11 Commencement Ceremonies

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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