Biology

Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology

The study of the physiology and ecology of animals that don't have backbones, ranging from worms to sea stars, and of parasites, which can often provide insights into complex ecosystems. (Sea star photo courtesy of Gerwick Lab.)

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Supports scientific research by providing specimens for study on the taxonomy, evolution, and ecology of benthic invertebrates.

We take advantage of molecular genetic approaches to examine diverse questions in ecology and evolution.

We work to better understand parasites and parasitism, and to use them to enhance general ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral science.

We study the phylogeny and systematics of marine animal groups such as annelids and crinoid echinoderms.

Biology News

Jun 23, 2021 Mining for Solutions

Mining for Solutions

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May 5, 2021 Mexico an Emerging ‘Beacon’ for Ecotourism Thanks to Pristine Dive Sites

Mexico an Emerging ‘Beacon’ for Ecotourism Thanks to Pristine Dive Sites

Global degradation has made unspoiled ocean expanses scarce but lucrat...

May 4, 2021 Overfishing As Significant as Environmental Factors as Cause of Sardine Fishery Collapse

Overfishing As Significant as Environmental Factors as Cause of Sardine Fishery Collapse

Study offers a new way to predict sardine population shifts and a coun...