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.

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Academic Year!

DBS announces two changes to its graduate programs this semester.

1. The Systems Ecology interdisciplinary graduate program has moved its administrative home to the College of Forestry and Conservation (CFC), where Dr. Steve Running is the new Program Director.  Please see the CFC web site for information about Systems Ecology graduate programs and the Systems Ecology Seminar Series.

2. The Organismal Biology and Ecology (OBE) graduate program has formally changed its name to Organismal Biology, Ecology, & Evolution (OBEE) in recognition of the centrality of evolution to all biological study and to better communicate the program's strengths in the field of Evolutionary Biology.

Upcoming Events

Fall Welcome Barbeque/Potluck

Who: All DBS (faculty, staff, students & postdocs, plus families)

When: Friday, August 26th (5:30 - )

Where: Field Station at Fort Missoula (directions)

What: Burgers, hotdogs & fixings, plus some desserts and soda, supplied by DBS. Additional dishes/beverages welcome, but come even if you can't contribute! 

DBS News

A (2nd) fungus among us! UM researchers redefine lichen symbiosis

For >150 years, lichens have been understood as a symbiosis between a single fungus and one or more photosynthetic partners. New genomic and cellular research from DBS's McCutcheon Lab reveals that many lichens world-wide also contain a second fungal partner, radically altering how scientists think about this ancient and ubiquitous symbiosis. The work, led by UM postdoc Toby Spribille, was featured on the cover of Science and in stories in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and elsewhere. More news.