News and events

Keep up-to-date about the most exciting happenings in the field of biological sciences.


What Darwin Got Right--Dr. Stephen Shuster (courtesy NAU News)

Please click on the link to access A History of the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, 2014. by Lee Drickamer. The link is to Cline Library's digital archive.

NAU News--Nishikawa leads team to a Keck Award

Dr. Rob Kellar, Biology 201 lecturer for NAU Biological Sciences AND biotechnology entrepreneur--read this article from the Arizona Daily Sun
Link to our Summer 2014 Newsletter
NAU IGERT Graduates; Where are they now?

Department Growth, Faculty Authors, and Faculty Honors


NAU Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series, Thursdays at 4:00 PM in Physical Sciences (Building 19), Room 103

Spring, 2015




Title of Seminar

NAU Host

January 15     3MRP, Maribeth Watwood.Three Minute Presentation (3MRP) This presentation oriented toward Graduate StudentsKirsten Slaughter-Rice

January 22

Peter Nelson, PhD, Collaborative Fisheries Research West, Santa Cruz

Integrating the human dimension with conventional coral reef ecology and fisheries management: an on-going collaboration with remote Pacific island communities in Yap State, Micronesia

Dr. Steve Shuster

January 29

Julie Neilson, MS, Kartchner Research Group

Making a living while starving in the dark, survival strategies of microbes in the dark reaches of Kartchner Caverns, AZ 

Dr. Greg Caporaso

February 5


February 12

Bridget Barker, PhD, NAU and Translational Genomics Research Institute
Blowing in the wind: searching for the human fungal pathogen Coccidioides posadasii in Southern Arizona 
Dr. Nancy Johnson

February 19

Ken Keefover-Ring, PhD, Lindroth lab of chemical ecology, Wisconsin The role of chemistry in plant-animal interactions in a changing worldDr. Liza Holeski

February 26

Stephen Shuster, PhD, NAU Invertebrate zoology and sexual selection Sabbatical seminar

March 5

Ted Schuur, PhD and Michelle Mack, PhD, NAU  

March 12

Dr. Dawn Birdsell, NAU  

March 19

Spring Break!
Snail vs. crab: biomechanics and coevolution through Florida's last 5 million yearsAnthony Hessel

March 26

Stephen T. Jackson, PhD, Director, DOI Southwest Climate Science Center (USGS), Professor of Geosciences, U of A, Professor Emeritus of Botany and Ecology, University of WyomingComing to terms with time in ecology

Dr. Seth Munson

April 2     

Ben Sikes, PhD, University of Kansas, soil ecologyThe potential for feedbacks between fire and fungiDr. Nancy Johnson

April 9

Lisa Whitenack, PhD, Allegheny College Anthony Hessel

April 16

Clinton Moran PhD defense

April 23

Becky MuellerMicrobial community response to global change: measuring biodiversity below groundDr. Catherine Gehring

April 30

Kristen Ironside PhD defense