The Division of Biological Sciences

Biology, as the study of living systems, reveals the fundamental principles that govern the complexity within our cells, in the diverse organisms around us, and across vast landscapes. Thus, biology also provides the insights and tools necessary to address real-world problems, from conserving rare species to understanding the mechanisms of human disease. In the Division of Biological Sciences, we are committed to fundamental research excellence, to training the next generation of scientists and leaders through innovative graduate and undergraduate programs, and to fostering biological literacy in our communities.

DBS News

Nature paper published by UM professor & UM alumni reveals how birds 'retweet' alarm calls—but only after verifying them

chikadee-on-a-branch.jpgProfessor Erick Greene and students published a paper in Nature on the "original tweets and social networking."  Their research investigated how red-breasted nuthatches evaluate different sources of information about potential predators, and how this influences the alarm calls they produce.  If only humans behaved a bit more like nuthatches we would not have so much "fake news!"  This paper is also a 100% product of our local research-shed,  since both Nora Carlson and Chris Templeton were students here. Full National Geographic article found here.