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Welcome to the Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at the University of Oregon offers expertise and research opportunities in a wide range of disciplines including neuroscience, genetics, cell and developmental biology, evolution, ecology, and marine biology. Our undergraduate curriculum provides an introductory overview into each of these areas and provides the opportunity for advanced training and specialization in particular areas through course work and research experience.

The research activities of the department are centered in four separate research institutes, found in the menu above. These Institutes bring faculty from Biology and other departments with biological interests into contiguous lab space. Interested graduate applicants should view each Institute’s web site for an overview of the kind of research conducted, and to contact particular faculty. The University supports interdepartmental connections among Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Human Physiology.

How to find us

Biology Office Remote Staffing & Contact Information for Fall Term 2020

Biology Prep Lab Remote Staffing & Contact Information for Fall Term 2020

Biology Newsletter 2019

COVID-related student resources available at

News, Jobs, and Events

Shawn Lockery elected to Inventors Academy

UO biologist Shawn Lockery’s achievements inside and outside the lab have made a real impact on the welfare of society and landed him in the latest class of senior members in the National Academy of Inventors. He is among 38 inventors at 24 research universities, government agencies and nonprofit research institutes named by the academy.

UO biologist Bitty Roy calls for protection of Ecuadorian forest reserve

A legal brief filed with the Constitutional Court of Ecuador to halt mining concessions in the Los Cedros protected forest is backed by a petition signed by over 1,200 scientists, including 29 current and former Univ of Oregon researchers. The forest, considered one of the world’s most biologically diverse sites, has been the focus of nine published research projects led by Bitty Roy, a professor emerita in the UO Department of Biology.

Faculty positions

The Department of Biology does not anticipate any faculty searches during 2020-21.

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