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USU Uintah Basin Faculty Find New Fossil

USU Uintah Basin Faculty Find New Fossil

07/30/2020

USU Uintah Basin faculty members Lee Ann Jolley and Benjamin Burger have discovered a previously unknown pig-like animal that lived 47 million years ago.

Migratory Birds Like Native Berries Best

Migratory Birds Like Native Berries Best

07/23/2020

Even when fruits of invasive plants are abundant, migratory songbirds seek out native berries, according to new research.

USU Biologists Explore Evolution of White Coloration of Velvet Ants

USU Biologists Explore Evolution of White Coloration of Velvet Ants

07/15/2020

Looking at the velvet ant and creosote fruit side-by-side, it’s easy to imagine the fuzzy wasp’s frosty coloration evolved as camouflage. Not so fast, says USU Biology Professor Joe Wilson.

USU Biologist Reports Amphibians with Snake-like, Venomous Dental Glands

USU Biologist Reports Amphibians with Snake-like, Venomous Dental Glands

07/10/2020

Utah State University biologist Edmund ‘Butch’ Brodie, Jr. and colleagues from São Paulo’s Butantan Institute report the first known evidence of oral venom glands in amphibians.

Epidemiologist Helping Bear River Health Department with COVID-19

Epidemiologist Helping Bear River Health Department with COVID-19

06/15/2020

Biology Professor and epidemiologist, Scott Bernhardt, is among Utah Medical Reserve Corps volunteers helping the Bear River Health Department gain control after the number of COVID-19 cases in the district surged to triple digits following an outbreak at...

Emeritus Biology Professor's publication recognized as #3 Top Pop Plants paper in 10th Anniversary Edition of PhytoKeys

Emeritus Biology Professor's publication recognized as #3 Top Pop Plants paper in 10th Anniversary Edition of PhytoKeys

06/10/2020

The species of conspicuous blood-red aloe growing along the roads of Somaliland, spectacular for its large clumps and sap, which once released, quickly turns from yellow to bright red and then to dark-red or reddish-brown, remained unknown to science unti...

Western Tanagers are passing through Cache Valley

Western Tanagers are passing through Cache Valley

05/28/2020

The overnight dusting of snow that northern Utah woke up to on May 23, was no surprise to the Western tanagers and the migratory birds have been “stacking up” in Cache Valley and attracting notice with their colorful feathers.

Navajo Strong - Aggies Lead Relief Supply Drive Efforts for Navajo Nation

Navajo Strong - Aggies Lead Relief Supply Drive Efforts for Navajo Nation

05/22/2020

USU Eastern alum and member of the Navajo Nation Bud Frazier, a registered nurse, is coordinator of NavajoStrong, a grassroots effort to collect and distribute critical supplies across the Navajo Nation.

Dani Lawrence wins NACADA national award

Dani Lawrence wins NACADA national award

05/08/2020

Biology Department Undergraduate Advisor Dani Lawrence was chosen as the winner of the 2020 Outstanding New Advisor Award - Primary Advising Role by the NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

Murder hornets not a threat to Utah

Murder hornets not a threat to Utah

05/05/2020

Giant hornets that destroy honey bee hives are very unlikely to threaten Utah. Biology Professors Lori Spears and Joseph Wilson agree that Utah is too dry and too elevated for the hornets to survive.

Samuel Rivera Receives Presidential Award

Samuel Rivera Receives Presidential Award

04/27/2020

Samuel Rivera, Biology Department Advisor, receives the USU Community Engaged Alumnus Presidential Award for his extraordinary efforts to introduce local LatinX youth to STEM fields and raise scholarship funds for first generation students and DACA recipi...

Anna Figgins Biology Undergrad wins 2020 Student Research Symposium Award

Anna Figgins Biology Undergrad wins 2020 Student Research Symposium Award

04/21/2020

Biology undergraduate Anna Figgins is the 2020 Undergraduate Student Research Award Winner in the Life Sciences division for her poster Understanding the Role of Small Non-Coding RNA in Bumble Bee Reproduction. Ms. Figgins is mentored by Biology faculty m...

USU Undergrad Biologists Showcase Research during Virtual Gathering April 15-17

USU Undergrad Biologists Showcase Research during Virtual Gathering April 15-17

04/14/2020

Each semester, Utah State University’s Department of Biology hosts a public poster session, during which undergraduates showcase their research projects, internships and field course experiences. This semester presentations will be virtual.

Public Health Faculty Carl Farley a Leader in Occupational Health and Safety Audit Training

Public Health Faculty Carl Farley a Leader in Occupational Health and Safety Audit Training

04/06/2020

USU Public Health faculty, Carl Farley recently completed the requirements to become an Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) Auditor, a new certification created to recognize auditors capable of identifying and addressing potential ha...

Bees are the Best

Bees are the Best

03/19/2020

USU biologist Joseph Wilson has a new children's book, 'Bees are the Best,’. Geared to preschoolers through fourth graders, the book introduces youngsters to bee diversity.

Not Falling Far from Tree: USU Ecologist Noelle Beckman Studies Seed-to-Seedling Transitions

Not Falling Far from Tree: USU Ecologist Noelle Beckman Studies Seed-to-Seedling Transitions

03/06/2020

Dr. Noelle Beckman and colleagues studied spatial characteristics of 24 tree species in a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Forest Dynamics Plot in Panama.

Snakes Find a New Source of Toxic Food

Snakes Find a New Source of Toxic Food

02/27/2020

USU Biology Professor Al Savitzky and colleagues find that snakes eat different food sources to acquire toxins used in defense.

The Toxic Relationship Between Newts And Snakes

The Toxic Relationship Between Newts And Snakes

01/30/2020

USU Uinta Basin Professor Charles Hanifin and his lab study the relationship between newts and snakes

Hansen Life Sciences Retreat 2019

Hansen Life Sciences Retreat 2019

10/04/2019

More than 70 USU scholars attended the 2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat.

USU Spider Silk on CBS 'Innovation Nation'

USU Spider Silk on CBS 'Innovation Nation'

09/26/2019

Utah State University Spider Silk on CBS 'Innovation Nation' TV Show Saturday, Sept. 28

Undergrad Biologist Finds Her Passion Studying Lizards

Undergrad Biologist Finds Her Passion Studying Lizards

08/29/2019

USU undergrad biologist Audry Lidgard has a passion for studying lizards and has received an URCO grant.

USU Spider Silk Lab uses CRISPR to Advance Synthetic Spider Silk Manufacture

USU Spider Silk Lab uses CRISPR to Advance Synthetic Spider Silk Manufacture

07/25/2019

USU Biology researchers, under the direction of USU USTAR Professor Randy Lewis, are using emerging CRISPR technology to harness the spinning power and efficiency of silkworms. Their results demonstrate promise for use of transgenic silkworms as natural s...

Dr. Bonnie Waring Receives DOE Grant to Study Soil's Role in Carbon Cycle

Dr. Bonnie Waring Receives DOE Grant to Study Soil's Role in Carbon Cycle

07/19/2019

Dr. Bonnie Waring Waring has received a two-year, $295,967 award to fund her project, “Leveraging synthetic root-soil systems to quantify relationships between plant traits and the formation of soil organic carbon.”

Greg Podgorski Named USU College of Science Associate Dean

Greg Podgorski Named USU College of Science Associate Dean

07/17/2019

Greg Podgorski has been named the USU College of Science's associate dean for undergraduate programs and services. He assumes his new post July 1.

Biology-Natural Resources Building North Wing Demolition Underway

Biology-Natural Resources Building North Wing Demolition Underway

07/08/2019

With the abatement phase completed, the main interior demolition of BNR north wing is now underway. Jacobsen Construction invited College of Science Dean Maura Hagan, Biology Department Head Diane Alston, and Biology Staff Assistant Katriel Cloward to tak...

Biology graduate students find Samurai wasp in Utah

Biology graduate students find Samurai wasp in Utah

07/08/2019

USU Biology graduate students Cody Holthouse and Zach Schumm have located the parasitic Samurai wasp (Trissolcus japonicus) in Utah. The Samurai wasp parasitizes the Brown Marmomorated Stink Bug, an agricultural pest that damages fruits, vegetables, field...

USU Science Garden - Citizen Science

USU Science Garden - Citizen Science

06/22/2019

Dr. Lauren Lucas and Dr. Zach Gompert are encouraging everyone to join and become part of a five-year, National Science Foundation-funded evolutionary ecology project aimed at exploring plant, insect and microbial interactions.

Professor Michelle Baker discusses population growth and water use

Professor Michelle Baker discusses population growth and water use

06/14/2019

Michelle Baker, an associate dean and professor of biology at USU, will discuss how Utah’s landscapes contribute to the health of cities and their residents, and how the changing population and economy necessitates a closer look into the ways Utah uses wa...

Grand Staircase Bee Diversity

Grand Staircase Bee Diversity

12/05/2018

One year after President Trump slashed the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in half, new research shows that at least 80 species could be harmed. And that’s just the bees.

USU Researchers Develop Nontoxic Fungicide to Protect Wheat | Biology

USU Researchers Develop Nontoxic Fungicide to Protect Wheat

11/12/2018

USU USTAR researchers Jon Takemoto and Tom Chang have developed a nontoxic fungicide that they call K20, which may help protect the worlds wheat crop from blight and other diseases.

Utah is home to more bee species than most states in the United States | Biology

Utah is home to more bee species than most states in the United States

11/08/2018

One out of every four bee species in the United States is found In Utah and the arid, western state is home to more bee species than most states in the nation. About half of those species dwell within the original boundaries of the newly reduced Grand Sta...

ITP Releases Exotic Bee Identification Guide

09/10/2018

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Identification Technology Program (ITP) is pleased to announce the release of Exotic Bee ID.

Pearse NSF Grant | Biology

Pearse NSF Grant

08/30/2018

USU biologist Will Pearse and students will analyze NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) data to to make predictions about future events, including factors that promote wildfires.

Bark Worse than Bite? USU Entomologists Study Wasp, Bee, Ant Stings

Bark Worse than Bite? USU Entomologists Study Wasp, Bee, Ant Stings

08/30/2018

USU Entomologist Emily Sadler, in collaboration with Drs. James Pitts and Joseph Wilson recently published findings.

Bee Lab scientist quoted in NY Times article on native pollinators | Biology

Bee Lab scientist quoted in NY Times article on native pollinators

08/21/2018

USDA-ARS scientist and Biology Dept Adjunct Professor, Dr. Theresa Pitts-Singer was recently quoted in an article on alternative pollinators as honey bees continue to struggle.

USU Biologist Justin Jones works with the US Navy to develop a slime cannon to stop boats from escaping | Biology

USU Biologist Justin Jones works with the US Navy to develop a slime cannon to stop boats from escaping

08/09/2018

USU Biologist Justin Jones works with the US Navy to develop a slime cannon to stop boats

Biology Faculty Positions Open Now

08/08/2018

Assistant Professor positions are available in Evolutionary Developmental Biology and Neurobiology

USU Awarded $1M Grant to Mentor Native American Scholars | Biology

USU Awarded $1M Grant to Mentor Native American Scholars

06/20/2018

USU Selected for MESAS Award as part of the HHMI initiative.

Graduate Student Accomplishments Recognized

Graduate Student Accomplishments Recognized

06/19/2018

Graduate Student Accomplishments Recognized at the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America Meeting

Wildflower Walk Honors Botanist's Memory | Biology

Wildflower Walk Honors Botanist's Memory

06/09/2018

Botanist Michael Piep of the USU Intermountain Herbarium leads an annual wildflower walk. Dr. Richard Shaw who taught at USU for 30 years began the tradition.

Makenna Johnson receives prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship | Biology

Makenna Johnson receives prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

04/29/2018

Makenna Johnson, MS student with Dr. Karen Kapheim, received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to study evolutionary biology beginning Fall 2018.

Cody Holthouse awarded $25000 WSARE Graduate Student Grant | Biology

Cody Holthouse awarded $25000 WSARE Graduate Student Grant

04/23/2018

Mark Cody Holthouse, PhD student co-advised by Drs. Diane Alston and Lori Spears, was awarded a $25,000 graduate student grant to study a relatively new invasive insect pest in Utah, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

USU Epidemiologist Aiding Fight Against Deadly Parasitic Disease | Biology

USU Epidemiologist Aiding Fight Against Deadly Parasitic Disease

03/22/2018

Dr. Scott Bernhardt, Public Health Program, is working to eliminate Visceral leishmaniasis.

Research on Capitol Hill 2018 | Biology

Research on Capitol Hill 2018

03/02/2018

Biology undergraduates show off their research on Utah's Capitol Hill 2018

USU's Nancy Huntly Named Ecological Society of America Fellow | Biology

USU's Nancy Huntly Named Ecological Society of America Fellow

03/02/2018

Utah State University professor Nancy Huntly has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, the world’s largest community of professional ecologists

Playing Both Ends: Amphibian Adapted to Varied Pressures says USU Biologist | Biology

Playing Both Ends: Amphibian Adapted to Varied Pressures says USU Biologist

03/02/2018

Dr. Brodie and colleagues publish a paper on limbless amphibian called a Caecilian in Scientific Reports.

Raising a Stink: USU Undergrad Rears Invasive Crop Pests for Research | Biology

Raising a Stink: USU Undergrad Rears Invasive Crop Pests for Research

02/23/2018

Undergraduate researcher, James Withers, has been studying the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. He will present his research at 2018 Undergraduate Research Day on Utah's Capitol Hill on 28 Feb.

USU Undergrad Probes Why Athletes Report, or Don't Report, Concussions | Biology

USU Undergrad Probes Why Athletes Report, or Don't Report, Concussions

02/22/2018

Human Biology major, Josh Hansen, will present his findings on Utah's Capitol Hill February 28.

USU Brigham City Scholar Fosters Undergraduate Research on Regional Campus | Biology

USU Brigham City Scholar Fosters Undergraduate Research on Regional Campus

02/21/2018

Brigham City undergraduate, Mikayla Austin, and her mentor, Jessica Habashi, help undergraduates get involved in scientific research.

Comes Naturally? USU Geneticist Explores Predictability of Evolution | Biology

Comes Naturally? USU Geneticist Explores Predictability of Evolution

02/21/2018

Geneticist Zach Gompert and colleagues predict evolution of stick insects.

USU's New Life Sciences Building Celebrates 'Topping Off' Milestone | Biology

USU's New Life Sciences Building Celebrates 'Topping Off' Milestone

12/15/2017

The final steel beam was placed on the top of the Life Sciences Building Tuesday, 12 December.

Early Bloomers: USU Biologist's Research Reveals Climate Change Impacts | Biology

Early Bloomers: USU Biologist's Research Reveals Climate Change Impacts

12/13/2017

Dr. Will Pearse and colleagues announce a statistical estimator that extracts the meaningful measures of phenological change...Their findings appears in the online edition of "Nature Ecology & Evolution."

Public Interest in Bee Conservation Exceeds Understanding says USU Biologist | Biology

Public Interest in Bee Conservation Exceeds Understanding says USU Biologist

09/13/2017

Dr. Joseph Wilson recently surveyed the public to see if they could guess how many different bee species there are in the U.S. and to discern bees from non-bees. Unfortunately, not many of the respondents could make an accurate guess. Dr. Wilson says, "A ...

In Honor of Dr. Gene Miller | Biology

In Honor of Dr. Gene Miller

08/10/2017

Dr. Gene Miller: 21 December 1925 - 19 July 2017

Belly Gunk from Flies Used to Survey Forest Animals

08/10/2017

Torrey Rodgers, a research associate in the Department of Wildland Resources, and Karen Kapheim, an assistant professor of the Department of Biology, were highlighted in "Smithsonian Insider."

Dr. Baker Receives Pioneers of Progress Award | Biology

Dr. Baker Receives Pioneers of Progress Award

08/10/2017

Dr. Michelle Baker, professor of Biology, was a recipient of the Days of '47 Pioneers of Progress award for her pioneering efforts in science and technology.

USU Industrial Hygiene Student Group Receives Top National Honor

06/30/2017

Utah State University’s Student Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association was named 2016-17 Student Local Section of the Year at an awards ceremony held June 7, 2017, during the organization’s annual conference and exposition in Seattle...

Bird Strike Study | Biology

Bird Strike Study

06/06/2017

Biology Dept conducts study on bird collisions with windows

Utah State University Diversity Award | Biology

Utah State University Diversity Award

03/21/2017

The Department of Biology has three 2016-17 Utah State University Awards.

One-of-a-Kind? Or Not. USU Geneticist Studies Formation of New Species | Biology

One-of-a-Kind? Or Not. USU Geneticist Studies Formation of New Species

02/23/2017

Dr. Zach Gompert studies speciation of an insect group know as the walking sticks.

Scholarship Applications Are Now Being Accepted

02/03/2017

Homepage link for 2017-18 Scholarships

Pitching in: USU Biologists Study Evolution of Labor Division in Bees

01/27/2017

Dr. Karen Kapheim and undergrad research, Mckenna Johnson study a solitary bee, the alkali bee, to learn about the development of division of lab in other species of social bees. Read the full article by Mary-Ann Muffoletto in UTAH STATE TODAY.

'Ant-like' Bees

01/12/2017

'Ant-like' Bees Among New Desert Species Tabbed by USU Entomologist, Zach Portman. Read full article by Mary-Ann Muffoletto in UTAH STATE TODAY.

On the Ground: See Utah's IPM Program & Research in Action | Biology

On the Ground: See Utah's IPM Program & Research in Action

09/13/2016

We recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of days seeing the Utah Pests team in action, and took a few pictures.

New Biological Sciences Building

03/17/2016

After several years of requests by school officials, the Utah Legislature on Thursday approved $38 million for a new Biological Sciences Building at Utah State University.

USU Biology Greenhouse Receives Student's Collection of Succulents

03/17/2016

The USU Biology Greenhouse received 63 varieties of succulents to add to its collection which were donated by USU student Nathan Staker.

USU's Nancy Huntly Named Ecological Society of America Fellow | Biology

USU's Nancy Huntly Named Ecological Society of America Fellow

Utah State University professor Nancy Huntly has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, the world’s largest community of professional ecologists