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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.

February 19, 2015
Speaker:  Chris Nice, Professor, Department of Biology, Texas State University
Title: Hybridization, Hybrid Species, and the Organization of Genomic Diversity in a Butterfly Species Complex
Host: Castoe Lab/Daren Card

February 26, 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

March 5, 2015
Speaker:   Sanghoon Kang, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Baylor University
Title:  The response and reaction of microbial community to the changing climates
Host:  Woo-Suk Chang

March 12, 2015
Spring Break

March 19, 2015
Speaker:   Jennie McLaren, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
Title:  TBA
Host:  Dr. Laura Gough

April 2, 2015
Speaker:   Michael Sadowsky, Professor and Director, BioTechnology Institute
Department of Soil, Water & Climate, University of Minnesota
Title:  Microbial Bile Acid Metabolism is One Mechanism Behind the Success of Fecal
Microbiota Transplantation

Host:  Woo-Suk Chang

April 9, 2015
Speaker:   Rayna Bell, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Craig Moritz Research Lab,
            Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Title:  TBA
Host:  Matt Fujita

April 16, 2015
Speaker:   Michael Ryan, Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology, University of Texas Austin
Title:  TBA
Host: Alex Hall

April 23, 2015
Speaker:   Alex Wild, Curator of Entomology, University of Texas at Austin
Title: TBA
Host: Ashley Asmus

April 30, 2015
Speaker:  David D. Pollock, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver
Title:  TBA
Host:  Todd Castoe
2015 Calendar of events
February 4 Census Date
March 9-14 Spring vacation - NO CLASSES
April 3 Last drop date - submit request to advisor before 4pm
April 6 Registration begins for Summer and Fall 2015 Terms
May 8 Last day of classes - Spring 2015
May 9-15 Final exams - Spring 2015
May 14-16 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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