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BIOLOGY NEWS

Studying Abroad in Queensland, Australia

This semester, 16 students are taking part in the Queensland, Australia program led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne and Associate Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander. A fast-paced and rigorous academic program, the Queensland semester combines high quality science teaching in the classroom with exposure to and utilization of concepts in the field. While previously ...  More >>

Straub Published in ‘Applications in Plant Sciences'

Assistant Professor of Biology Shannon Straub was recently published in Applications in Plant Sciences for her research on target enrichment and genome skimming for plant phylogenomics. Published by the Botanical Society of America, the journal marks Straub's success at the top of her specialty while biologists worldwide praise her revolutionary research. "I hope its adoption leads to many advanc...  More >>

Lamanna ’97 Has Big Find

Matt Lamanna '97 is a member of the international excavation team that unearthed skeletons of one of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth. He is also the second author on the paper about the dinosaur, which they named Dreadnoughtus schrani. The bones belonged to two partial skeletons, with that of the larger individual being much more complete than the other. They were extracted during digs...  More >>

Witcher '15 Interns at Ocean Conservancy

Eddie Witcher '15 is using his passion for conservation biology to make a global impact this summer as an intern with the Ocean Conservancy. Working on the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) team, Witcher is helping with the organization's efforts to reach their goal of maintaining a healthy, thriving ocean. "The Ocean Conservancy focuses on cleaning up the oceans and preventing more and more po...  More >>

Williams ’13 on Weather, Health

Augusta Williams '13 recently collaborated to produce a bulletin, "Emerging El Nino Conditions: Notes for the Global Health Community," as part of her graduate internship. Williams is currently a rising second-year student at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, working toward a master's of public health, with a certificate in climate and health. She is interning this summer at the Interna...  More >>

Knopka ‘14 Protecting Endangered Birds

Spending his summer on the beaches of Cape Cod, Sam Knopka '14 was thrilled to recently be hired by the Trustees of Reservations as a shorebird technician. He is working to help protect the dwindling population of Piping Plovers, an endangered bird species that nests on the shores of Cape Cod, Mass. The Trustees of Reservations is a non-profit organization that owns land throughout Massachusetts ...  More >>

A "Fruitful" Summer Research Experience

With the beauty of Seneca Lake often considered the focal point of the Colleges' landscape, it's sometimes easy to forget that the Colleges are also located in one of the agricultural capitals of the world. For more than 30 years, student researchers have taken advantage of the Colleges' partnership with the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) to conduct summer research on iss...  More >>

Studying Spotted Salamanders

Salamanders only migrate twice a year - in the spring and in the fall. This summer, Assistant Professor of Biology Bradley Cosentino will study one particular aspect of their migration as part of his research focus on conservation biology. Using salamanders from local wetlands that are located both close to and far from roads, Cosentino will examine whether the movement behavior of spotted salama...  More >>

Budmen '15 Newman Civic Fellow

Peter Budmen '15 was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, which honors student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities. On campus and in the Geneva community, Budmen has dedicated his time to volunteering with the Geneva Head Start program and working with local children. A public policy major and biology minor, he is one of just 197 studen...  More >>

First Years Explore Sustainable Living

This fall, more than 50 first-year students are exploring sustainability and consumption through a new Learning Community, "Sustainable Living." The two-semester long program emphasizes the relationship between local actions and global effects. "Sustainable Living gives students interested in any aspect of sustainability a strong start academically and toward their careers," explains Thomas Drenn...  More >>