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

DBS welcomes new faculty

Dr. Jedediah Brodie (left), the John J. Craighead Chair in Wildlife Biology, and Dr. Matt Church (right), Associate Professor at the Flathead Lake Biological Station, join DBS's OBEE grad program this Fall. Dr. Brodie is a conservation ecologist working to understand human impacts on plant and animal communities world-wide. Dr. Church is a renowned oceanographer who brings expertise in tracking the causes and consequences of microbial population cycles to less-studied freshwater systems. Please welcome them both!

NSF supports Wright Museum

The National Science Foundation has made a $500,000 grant to DBS faculty to secure and grow the Wright Museum's regionally and historically significant bird and mammal collections. Broad support from UM alums, friends and community supporters, who donated funds to prepare the new space for modern museum cabinets, was key to the proposal's success. Work on the new space will start this year and the transition will be complete by Fall 2018. More news.