Biology majors at Seattle Pacific University graduate with a broad understanding of living organisms. Through immersion in scientific inquiry and problem solving, you’ll develop fundamental skills and knowledge for entering a wide range of careers, including those in medicine, environmental science, research, and teaching.
Research by Jacob Krodel (BA Biology '17) will be part of a forthcoming book, Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrates (Oxford University Press, 2018). Jacob spent the summer of 2015 in Dr. Shawn Arellano's lab at Shannon Point Marine Center (part of Western Washington University), as part of a National Science Foundation-funded research internship. Jacob's research focused on characterizing feeding, swimming and growth patterns of Shinkailepas n. sp., a marine gastropod found near hydrothermal vents. His image of a Shinkailepas larva will be included in Chapter 16, "Ecology and evolution of larval dispersal in the deep sea". Congratulations, Jacob!
Four student-athletes in the Biology department earned All-Academic honors for their achievements during fall sports. Amanda Ganete (BS Applied Human Biology) was one of eight Women's Volleyball players named to the GNAC All-Academic Conference Team. Jess Cayetano (BS Physiology) and Ryan Higgins (BS Physiology) were two of three Men's Soccer players named to the All-Academic District (West Region) team, while Simone Herzberg (BS Physiology) was named to the All-Academic District team from the Women's Soccer team. Congratulations to all of our student-athletes for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the field!
Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Professor of Biology, was interviewed in a recent article in The Atlantic. The article, "Why Is Giving Birth So Hard", reports on research that provides new insight into the challenges associated with childbirth. Dr. Wall-Scheffler is an evolutionary anthropologist who studies human locomotion, including the structure and function of the pelvis.
On Thursday, November 30, the Biology Department welcomed the 2018 cohort of BioCORE Scholars. The BioCORE Scholars program is a leadership initiative that supports first generation students and those traditionally underrepresented in biological and biomedical sciences by building community, promoting academic success, and creating mentoring networks. These Scholars are the third cohort of students to participate in the program. At the reception, Scholars were addressed briefly by Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences - Sciences Division, Dr. Bruce Congdon, by Dr. Sandy Mayo (Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), and by Biology Department chair, Dr. Derek Wood. Scholars then met with their Peer Mentors and Learning Assistant, including current BioCORE Scholars, Cienn Joyeux (Peer Mentor), Hayley Cheyney Kane (Peer Mentor), Simone Neal (Peer Mentor), and Leslie Rodriguez-Salas (LA). Also returning as Peer Mentors are Jess Cayetano and Christina Childs. The Biology Department is excited to work with this new group of Scholars!