students walk on University of Idaho campus

Visit UI

Learn about the many reasons the University of Idaho could be a perfect fit for you. Schedule Your Visit

Parents on campus during orientation

Homecoming Oct. 1-7

Join other Vandal families for a week of celebration and Vandal traditions. View Calendar

campus full of students

UI Retirees Association

UIRA has a membership of nearly 500 from every part of the University. Learn More

Biological Sciences News Releases

Seven Students Win Awards at Statewide Biomedical Research Conference

Posted Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:50:00 -0700

During the 2017 Idaho INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) Summer Research Conference in August, seven University of Idaho students took home prestigious awards for their presentations on their summer research in the INBRE program. The conference brought together upward of 220 students, faculty, and staff from 11 institutions of higher education in Idaho. This included 125 undergraduates, who competed in three categories.
Read more

Study Doesn’t Support the Theory that Red and Eastern Wolves are Recent Hybrids, Researchers Argue

Posted Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

A team led by University of Idaho researchers is calling into question a widely publicized 2016 study that concluded eastern and red wolves are not distinct species, but rather recent hybrids of gray wolves and coyotes. In a comment paper that published today in the journal Science Advances, the team examines the previous study and argues that its genomic data and analyses do not definitively prove recent hybridization — but rather provide support for the genetic and evolutionary distinctiveness of red and eastern wolves. Read more

Ten Proposals Receive ORED Equipment and Infrastructure Support Award Funding

Posted Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:57:00 -0700

Ten University of Idaho proposals were selected for funding through the Office of Research and Economic Development 2017 Equipment and Infrastructure Support Award program. The program supports equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity at the university. Read more

Foster Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Work with Genetic Programming

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:18:00 -0700

James Foster, a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the University of Idaho College of Science, has earned a lifetime achievement award from an international academic society for his contributions to evolutionary computing in Europe.

Read more

Austin Lecture Discusses Role of Chromatin in Protecting DNA and Human Health

Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0700

Biochemist and biophysicist Michael J. Smerdon will discuss the important role the protein chromatin plays in repairing DNA at the University of Idaho College of Science’s 12th annual Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the UI Menard Law Building Courtroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Read more

College of Science Announces Staff and Faculty Awards March 30

Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:05:00 -0700

The College of Science will honor faculty and staff award winners and retirees during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017, in the Pitman Center Vandal Ballroom. Read more

Researchers Examine How Supporting Pollinators Helps Agriculture

Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0700

When agriculture helps pollinators, pollinators help agriculture, according to a research review published today by an international group of experts, including a University of Idaho researcher. Read more

Microbes Featured at Science After Hours March 2

Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:02:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers will discuss their work with microbes at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "A Multitude of Microbes" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St. in Moscow. Read more

UI Student Video Game Studio Releases First Game, ‘Darwin’s Demons’

Posted Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:22:00 -0800

People around the world celebrated Charles Darwin’s incredible contributions to science on Feb. 12, International Darwin Day. Today, they can celebrate him again by blasting evolving digital aliens in a new video game created by University of Idaho students, “Darwin’s Demons.”

Read more

UI Visualizing Science Exhibit Brings Together Artists and Researchers

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0800

A new project from the University of Idaho brings scientific research to life in art form, revealing a deep kinship inherent in seemingly disparate disciplines. Read more

Hohenlohe Lab takes over Science After Hours

Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:22:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers from Paul Hohenlohe's biological sciences lab will discuss their work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "Hohenlohe Lab Takeover: DNA, Disease and Devils" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Last Frontier Pizza, 100 W. Fourth Street.
Read more

22 Students Win Undergraduate Research Grants

Posted Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:42:00 -0800

The UI Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) has awarded Undergraduate Research Grants to 22 students from across six colleges. Each grant will support a faculty-mentored student research project during spring semester 2017. The student projects are diverse and range from studies of Galapagos snails to hydrogen fuel cells to nutritional intervention for nurses.
Read more

Parent Lab Takes Over Science After Hours

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:39:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers from Christine Parent's biological sciences lab will discuss their work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "Parent Lab Takeover: Spiders, Snails and Flies, Oh My!" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St. Read more

Science After Hours Features River and Stream Researchers

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:11:00 -0700

University of Idaho researchers will discuss their river- and stream-related work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "A Focus on Flowing Water" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at White Pine Gear Exchange and Fly Shop, 309 S. Main St. in Moscow. Read more

UI Biology Researchers Develop Tool for Identifying New Species

Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:13:00 -0700

On the surface, the Idaho giant salamander and the coastal giant salamander look almost identical. But their genes prove they’re actually distinct species — a phenomenon biologists call “cryptic species.”

Read more

Yeast Gene Rapidly Evolves to Attack Viruses, Researchers Find

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Humans have used Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast in baking, brewing and winemaking for millennia. New research from the University of Idaho and the University of Colorado Boulder reveals another way that yeast species can help our species: by demonstrating how viruses interact with their hosts, and how hosts may evolve to fight back. Read more

Researchers Find Rapid Evolution is Aiding Cancer-Stricken Tasmanian Devils

Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0700

Over the past 20 years, tens of thousands of the world’s Tasmanian devils have died of a contagious cancer that spreads when the animals bite each other. Read more

Researchers Examine Evolution with National Science Foundation Support

Posted Thu, 12 May 2016 15:30:00 -0700

University of Idaho faculty members in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) have been awarded $504,818 this year in new competitive grants as part of the National Science Foundation’s BEACON Science and Technology Center on Evolution in Action. Read more

Two UI Faculty Members Earn National Recognition for Research

Posted Mon, 02 May 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Two University of Idaho faculty members have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early career scholars. Read more

UI Student Earns National Fellowship for Graduate Research

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0700

A University of Idaho undergraduate has earned a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation that will fund three years of her graduate education. Read more


Department of Biological Sciences

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 252

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: 208-885-6280

Fax: 208-885-7905


Web: Department of Biological Sciences