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INVESTIGATE. CONSERVE. CHALLENGE.

Interested in insects?  Medicine?  Conservation biology?  In the Department of Biological Sciences, we take pride on our accessible faculty, breadth of programming, and outstanding advising.  The department offers a broad, integrative approach to the life sciences, with opportunity for specialized study in your area of interest. 

Biological Sciences News

Duck deductions

Research by Wright State biologists on the genetic makeup of ducks was published and highlighted in a prestigious scientific journal.
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Emerald ash borer research

Roundup of coverage of biology professor Don Cipollini’s emerald ash borer research. WYSO Public Radio: Emerald ash borer could have a new host A Wright State University researcher has found evidence that the emerald ash borer, a destructive invasive insect, …
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BioLogue: Departmental Newsletter

Visit the Pleistocene While You Can!
BioLogueFA14 icon.jpgI write this note after just returning from an enjoyable walk into Bill Yeck Park near my house. On a beautiful early Fall afternoon, squirrels ran off with hickory nuts, a queen snake patrolled the edge of Little Sugar Creek, and a deer hid in the shelter of the trees. What could be more pleasant? Imagine instead that my walk carried the possibility of danger behind every tree or clump of grass. Implausible? Such was the case just a week ago when I visited Kruger National Park in South Africa. Lions and leopards lay hidden in the grass (I have the pictures to prove it!). Cape buffalo frequented the landscape, and hippos and crocodiles plied the waterways. A walk through those countrysides-possible only with well-armed escorts--carried with it a different feeling. It was a thrill to come upon a wild elephant or a lion while out for a walk (I experienced both of those); but I don’t think that “pleasant” is the right word!  Amazingly, the situation I describe for current-day Kruger Park also pertained in Ohio not so very long ago. Just 15,000 years ago, during the later stages of the Pleistocene epoch, Ohio experienced its most recent Ice Age.  Continued, click on BioLogue icon......