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 & Events

DBS Seminars

OBEE Noon Seminar Series
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016
12:00, ISB 110
Mafalda Sousa Ferreira (OBEE):The transcriptional landscape of seasonal coat color molt in hares

OBEE E&E Seminar Series
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016
4:00, ISB 110
Richard Karban (UC Davis):  Plant sensing and communication

CMMB Seminar Series
Monday Nov. 21, 2016
12:00, ISB 110

A rocky river runs through it: UM researchers highlight neglected nexus of mountain landscapes

A team of ecologists, led by Ric Hauer and other researchers from DBS, CFC, FLBS, and the UM Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE), recently characterized the central (and previously underappreciated) role for gravel-bed rivers in glaciated mountain ecosystems (photo: Charlie Janson).  The definitive work, which calls for greater conservation focus on gravel-bed rivers, was published this summer in Science Advances and is featured in the New York Times Science Times this week.  More DBS News.