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Biology at Boston University is a highly integrative department, with faculty teaching and conducting research in the broad range of fields that comprise the contemporary life sciences. The department spans the full spectrum of biological sciences, ranging from cell and molecular biology to ecology and conservation biology, giving us unusual strength in integrative research that addresses questions across multiple levels of biological complexity.


Department chair: Kim McCall
Campus address: 5 Cummington Street, Room 101
Phone: 617-353-2432
Fax: 617-353-6340

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  • Attack of the clones: microglia in health and disease 

    Manjally, Amritha Vinayak; Tay, Tuan Leng (2022)
    [INTRODUCTION] Microglia are brain-resident macrophages that carry out immune surveillance, support neurogenesis and neuronal survival, shape the neuronal network, and maintain tissue homeostasis (Nimmerjahn et al., 2005; ...
  • Biodiversity science blossoms in China 

    Primack, Richard B. (2021-07)
    [Over the past 35 years, China has been transformed by an economic miracle unlike anything seen in the history of the world. Hundreds of millions of people have emerged from rural poverty, cities have been re-built, ...
  • Women and Global South strikingly underrepresented among top‐publishing ecologists 

    Maas, Bea; Pakeman, Robin J.; Godet, Laurent; Smith, Linnea; Devictor, Vincent; Primack, Richard (Wiley, 2021-07)
    The global scientific community has become increasingly diverse over recent decades, but is this ongoing development also reflected among top-publishing authors and potential scientific leaders? We surveyed 13 leading ...
  • The growing and vital role of botanical gardens in climate change research. 

    Primack, Richard B.; Ellwood, Elizabeth R.; Gallinat, Amanda S.; Miller-Rushing, Abraham J. (2021-08)
    Botanical gardens make unique contributions to climate change research, conservation, and public engagement. They host unique resources, including diverse collections of plant species growing in natural conditions, historical ...
  • Siberian plants shift their phenology in response to climate change 

    Rosbakh, Sergey; Hartig, Florian; Sandanov, Denis V.; Bukharova, Evgenya V.; Miller, Tara K.; Primack, Richard B. (2021-09)
    Siberia has undergone dramatic climatic changes due to global warming in recent decades. Yet, the ecological responses to these climatic changes are still poorly understood due to a lack of data. Here, we use a unique data ...
  • The conservation and ecological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic 

    Primack, Richard B.; Bates, Amanda E.; Duarte, Carlos M. (Elsevier BV, 2021-08)
  • New opportunities and untapped scientific potential in the abyssal ocean 

    Marlow, Jeffrey J.; Anderson, Rika E.; Reysenbach, Anna-Louise; Seewald, Jeffrey S.; Shank, Timothy M.; Teske, Andreas P.; Wanless, V. Dorsy; Soule, S. Adam
    The abyssal ocean covers more than half of the Earth’s surface, yet remains understudied and underappreciated. In this Perspectives article, we mark the occasion of the Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin’s increased depth range ...
  • Sulfur bacteria promote dissolution of authigenic carbonates at marine methane seeps 

    Leprich, Dalton J.; Flood, Beverly E.; Schroedl, Peter R.; Ricci, Elizabeth; Marlow, Jeffery J.; Girguis, Peter R.; Bailey, Jake V. (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2021-07)
    Carbonate rocks at marine methane seeps are commonly colonized by sulfur-oxidizing bacteria that co-occur with etch pits that suggest active dissolution. We show that sulfur-oxidizing bacteria are abundant on the surface ...
  • On the past, present, and future role of biology in NASA’s exploration of our solar system 

    Hand, K.; Phillips, C.B.; Chyba, C.F.; Toner, B.; Katija, K.; Orphan, V.; Huber, J.; Cavanaugh, C.M.; Carlson, M.; Christner, B.; Templeton, A.; Seewald, J.; Hofgartner, J.D.; Amend, J.P.; Orcutt, B.N.; Bartlett, D.H.; Falkowski, P.; Anderson, R.; Spear, J.R.; Shank, T.; Fischer, W.W.; Hazen, R.M.; Hoehler, T.; D'Hondt, S.; Pitesky, J.; Lynch, K.; Shock, E.L.; Craft, K.; Boyd, E.; House, C.H.; Reysenbach, A.-L.; Glass, J.; Fike, D.; Baross, J.A.; Gogarten, J.P.; Kaçar, B.; El-Naggar, M.; Murray, A.E.; Dupont, C.; Scully, J.; Rothschild, L.; Trembath-Reichert, E.; Klein, F.; Cohen, P.A.; Gile, G.H.; Lloyd, K.; Dekas, A.; Delaney, J.R.; Skidmore, M.; Buongiorno, J.; Rogers, K.; Hofmann, A.; Brazelton, W.J.; Anbar, A.; Manalang, D.A.; Stevenson, B.; Neuer, S.; Hara, E.; Nordheim, T.; Shapiro, R.; Bradley, A.S.; Mikucki, J.; Brown, M.E.; Glamoclija, M.; Reyes, C.; Sánchez-Román, M.; Farmer, J.D.; Giovannelli, D.; Suel, G.; Trumbo, S.; Cameron, M.; Osburn, M.; Bradley, J.A.; Garcia-Pichel, F.; Steen, A.D.; Marlow, Jeffrey; Trubl, G.; Robinson, K.; Caro, T.; Fulfer, V.; Parker, C.W.; Feyhl-Buska, J.; Roussel, A. (American Astronomical Society, 2021-03-18)
    Here we provide a brief perspective on the role of biology in NASA’s planetary science goals, and its spacecraft missions, past, present, and future. We argue that while biology — via astrobiology — generates much interest ...
  • Strategic growth in social vertebrates 

    Buston, Peter; Clutton-Brock, Tim (Elsevier, 2022-08-01)
    Individual differences in growth and size of vertebrates often represent adaptive, plastic responses to contrasts in ecological conditions. Recent studies show that vertebrates can also modify their growth and size in an ...

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