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

Montana Mice May Hold the Secret to Virus Spillover

Angie Luis, a professor of biology at UM, and her colleague Amy Kuenzi, a professor of biology at Montana Technological University, were featured in a recent Kaiser Health news article.

UM Student Earns Top Score on MCAT Exam

Devin Hunt, a senior in UM’s Davidson Honors College from Colville, Washington, was recently notified of a rare, impressive feat: scoring in the 100th percentile of the MCAT exam. For more information on this incredible achievement, see the University of Montana's news article.

EE PhD Alum - New Video - Research on Plant Carbohydrate Depletion

Gerard Sapes, a recent graduate of the Evolution and Ecology PhD program, published a paper in New Phytologist titled "Plant carbohydrate depletion impairs water relations and spreads via ectomycorrhizal networks." Following this publication, Gerard also released a five-minute, educational animation on this research, entitled "Fungus Among Us."