Welcome to Arkansas State University!

The faculty and students of the biology department conduct research in a wide spectrum of fields that include, but are not limited to: Molecular Biology, Virology, Plant and Animal Systematics, Morphology and Physiology, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Evolution,Conservation Biology, Wildlife and Environmental Biology, History and Philosophy of Science

Research is carried out in on-campus labs using state-of-the-art equipments as well as in the field in Arkansas and around the world, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean. A departmental library is also maintained to help facilitate research.

Ecology & Wildlife Management

Our research in Ecology and Wildlife Management is multi-faceted incorporating modern molecular techniques with emphases on field ecology. Student's research questions address conservation, resource management, and evolutionary ecology. Many students have projects that are cross-disciplinary, involving two or more of these disciplines.

Students in our department receive a Graduate Assistantship, either a Teaching Assistantship (TA), or a Research Assistantship (RA). Funding for RAs is typically tied to a specific research project that is supported by State or Federal research grants.

Faculty: Johnson, McKay, Risch, and Trauth

Molecular & Cell Biology

Research in Molecular and Cell Biology ranges broadly from the study of microorganisms, such as herpes virus and plastic-producing bacteria; to the manipulation of the genome and metabolic pathways in plants to produce proteins and drugs; to cellular studies, including neuron development and toxicant effects on brain cells and gametes; to neurological, cardiovascular and reproductive processes in response to agents such as nicotine.

Students involved in our research include undergraduates, Biology Master's students, and PhD students enrolled in the Environmental Sciences and Molecular Biosciences Doctoral programs. Collaborations include those with faculty in other colleges and departments at ASU, as well as with researchers at UAMS, UAF, NCTR, and other universities and agencies.

Faculty: Cramer, David Gilmore, Anne Grippo, Medina-Bolivar and Srivatsan

Environmental Biology

Research in this area is directed at protecting and enhancing our natural resources while maintaining economic viability. Students and faculty are involved in research encompassing a wide range of areas, including aquatic and terrestrial toxicology, environmental biomonitoring and biomarkers, ecological restoration, bioremediation, and wetlands services.

Research facilities include the Ecotoxicology Research Facility, Environmental Biomonitoring Laboratory and Aquatic Ecology laboratory. The recent addition of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute to ASU has expanded our research areas to include environmental risk assessments of genetically modified organisms and nanotoxicology.

Faculty: Bennett, Bouldin, Farris, Gilmore, and Richard Grippo

Plant Biology

Botany is the study of plants and deals with all facets of their biology, including systematics, evolution, reproductive biology, plant physiology, cell biology, genetics, population biology, ecology, and their dynamic interactions with other organisms. Students interested in learning more about plants have opportunities to expand upon their knowledge in the classroom and in research projects with faculty.

Students in our department receive a Graduate Assistantship, either a Teaching Assistantship (TA), or a Research Assistantship (RA). Funding for RAs is typically tied to a specific research project that is supported by State or Federal research grants.

Faculty: Bennett, Huss, Marsico, and Medina-Bolivar