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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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  • Wolbachia and Sirtuin-4 interaction is associated with alterations in host glucose metabolism and bacterial titer 

    Carneiro Dutra, Heverton Leandro; Deehan, Mark Anthony; Frydman, Horacio (2020-10)
    Wolbachia is an intracellular bacterial symbiont of arthropods notorious for inducing many reproductive manipulations that foster its dissemination. Wolbachia affects many aspects of host biology, including metabolism, ...
  • Revealing the appetite of the marine aquarium fish trade: the volume and biodiversity of fish imported into the United States 

    Rhyne, Andrew L.; Tlusty, Michael F.; Schofield, Pamela J.; Kaufman, Les; Morris, James A.; Bruckner, Andrew W. (2012)
    The aquarium trade and other wildlife consumers are at a crossroads forced by threats from global climate change and other anthropogenic stressors that have weakened coastal ecosystems. While the wildlife trade may put ...
  • Oceanographic drivers of deep-sea coral species distribution and community assembly on seamounts, islands, atolls, and reefs within the Phoenix Islands Protected Area 

    Auscavitch, Steven R.; Deere, Mary C.; Keller, Abigail G.; Rotjan, Randi D.; Shank, Timothy M.; Cordes, Erik E.
    The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, in the central Pacific waters of the Republic of Kiribati, is a model for large marine protected area (MPA) development and maintenance, but baseline records of the protected biodiversity ...
  • Historical trends of sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) distribution in the Phoenix Archipelago 

    Kennedy, Brian R.C.; Hakam, Lara; Witting, Jan; Milani, Regen; Taei, Sue; Smith, Tim; Taylor, Erin; Teemari, Tooreka; Rotjan, Randi D.
    The Phoenix Archipelago in the Central Pacific is situated in what was once one of the most productive areas for capturing sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). These whales were the focal targets of American offshore ...
  • Tree transpiration and urban temperatures: current understanding, implications, and future research directions 

    Winbourne, Joy B.; Jones, Taylor S.; Garvey, Sarah M.; Harrison, Jamie L.; Wang, Liang; Li, Dan; Templer, Pamela H.; Hutyra, L.R. (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2020-07-01)
    The expansion of an urban tree canopy is a commonly proposed nature-based solution to combat excess urban heat. The influence trees have on urban climates via shading is driven by the morphological characteristics of trees, ...
  • Deep-sea debris in the Central and Western Pacific Ocean 

    Amon, Diva J.; Kennedy, Brian R.C.; Cantwell, Kasey; Suhre, Kelley; Glickson, Deborah; Shank, Timothy M.; Rotjan, Randi D.
    Marine debris is a growing problem in the world’s deep ocean. The naturally slow biological and chemical processes operating at depth, coupled with the types of materials that are used commercially, suggest that debris is ...
  • Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species 

    Dasmahapatra, Kanchon K.; Walters, James R.; Briscoe, Adriana D.; Davey, John W.; Whibley, Annabel; Nadeau, Nicola J.; Zimin, Aleksey V.; Hughes, Daniel S.T.; Ferguson, Laura C.; Martin, Simon H.; Salazar, Camilo; Lewis, James J.; Adler, Sebastian; Ahn, Seung-Joon; Baker, Dean A.; Baxter, Simon W.; Chamberlain, Nicola L.; Chauhan, Ritika; Counterman, Brian A.; Dalmay, Tamas; Gilbert, Lawrence E.; Gordon, Karl; Heckel, David G.; Hines, Heather M.; Hoff, Katharina J.; Holland, Peter W.H.; Jacquin-Joly, Emmanuelle; Jiggins, Francis M.; Jones, Robert T.; Kapan, Durrell D.; Kersey, Paul; Lamas, Gerardo; Lawson, Daniel; Mapleson, Daniel; Maroja, Luana S.; Martin, Arnaud; Moxon, Simon; Palmer, William J.; Papa, Riccardo; Papanicolaou, Alexie; Pauchet, Yannick; Ray, David A.; Rosser, Neil; Salzberg, Steven L.; Supple, Megan A.; Surridge, Alison; Tenger-Trolander, Ayse; Vogel, Heiko; Wilkinson, Paul A.; Wilson, Derek; Yorke, James A.; Yuan, Furong; Balmuth, Alexi L.; Eland, Cathlene; Gharbi, Karim; Thomson, Marian; Gibbs, Richard A.; Han, Yi; Jayaseelan, Joy C.; Kovar, Christie; Mathew, Tittu; Muzny, Donna M.; Ongeri, Fiona; Pu, Ling-Ling; Qu, Jiaxin; Thornton, Rebecca L.; Worley, Kim C.; Wu, Yuan-Qing; Linares, Mauricio; Blaxter, Mark L.; Ffrench-Constant, Richard H.; Joron, Mathieu; Kronforst, Marcus R.; Mullen, Sean P.; Reed, Robert D.; Scherer, Steven E.; Richards, Stephen; Mallet, James; McMillan, W. Owen; Jiggins, Chris D. (NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, 2012-07-05)
    The evolutionary importance of hybridization and introgression has long been debated1. Hybrids are usually rare and unfit, but even infrequent hybridization can aid adaptation by transferring beneficial traits between ...
  • Hybridization reveals the evolving genomic architecture of speciation 

    Kronforst, Marcus R.; Hansen, Matthew E.B.; Crawford, Nicholas G.; Gallant, Jason R.; Zhang, Wei; Kulathinal, Rob J.; Kapan, Durrell D.; Mullen, Sean P. (CELL PRESS, 2013-11-01)
  • Ancient homology underlies adaptive mimetic diversity across butterflies 

    Gallant, Jason R.; Imhoff, Vance E.; Martin, Arnaud; Savage, Wesley K.; Chamberlain, Nicola L.; Pote, Ben L.; Peterson, Chelsea; Smith, Gabriella E.; Evans, Benjamin; Reed, Robert D.; Kronforst, Marcus R.; Mullen, Sean P. (NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, 2014-09-01)
    Convergent evolution provides a rare, natural experiment with which to test the predictability of adaptation at the molecular level. Little is known about the molecular basis of convergence over macro-evolutionary timescales. ...
  • Transitions from single- to multi-locus processes during speciation with gene flow 

    Schilling, Martin P.; Mullen, Sean P.; Kronforst, Marcus; Safran, Rebecca J.; Nosil, Patrik; Feder, Jeffrey L.; Gompert, Zachariah; Flaxman, Samuel M. (MDPI, 2018-06-01)
    During speciation-with-gene-flow, a transition from single-locus to multi-locus processes can occur, as strong coupling of multiple loci creates a barrier to gene flow. Testing predictions about such transitions with ...

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