Maddy standing near the ocean May 2021: More accolades for our awesome Grad Students! Congratulations to All Biology Students who received recognition this year, to our graduating students, and to the students still moving through the program - your perseverance in these trying times is extraordinary, and we see you! 
New SSU - Biology Logo May 2021: Congratulations to the follow Biology seniors who will be Graduating with Distinction: Angelica Aguilar, Maria Amador, Kayla Arce, Lauren BoccaJustin Brasil, Marissa Cerros, Jackson EberweinNatasha Higuera, Breanna Lee, Christina LeportAlissa Padilla, Gabriel Quintero-PlancarteShayla Shahar, and Jamie Zogaric! Way to go, everyone!!
New SSU - Biology Logo May 2021: We are very proud to announce the follow Biology Graduate students will be Graduating with Distinction: Joe Jackson, Allie Northey, Elliott Smeds and Kerry Wininger! Congratulations!!
May 2021: The Department of Biology is proud to announce undergraduate Justin Brasil won an Ongaro Green Science Award for his senior capstone research poster in the Virtual Research GalleryCongratulations Justin!
Research poster by Gomez & Karm May 2021: The Biology Department is proud to announce Grad students Julieta Gomez and Rachael Karm won the Grand Prize Ongaro Green Science Award for their poster in the Virtual Research Gallery! Congratulations Julieta and Rachael!
Research poster by Elliott May 2021: Congratulations to Bio Grad student Elliott Smeds who won the The Ongaro Family Green Science Award for his research poster at this year's Virtual Research Gallery! Way to go, Elliott!
Biol Grad Student Kiona P May 2021: The Bio Dept is proud to announce Grad student Kiona Parker won the COAST Graduate Student Research Award for her research on Copper Rockfish! Congratulations Kiona! 
Grad Student Barbie H May 2021: We are proud to announce Biol Grad student Barbie Halaska won the COAST Graduate Student Research Award for her research on Eastern North Pacific gray whales. Congratulations, Barbie!
Student J Bradbury May 2021: Congratulations to Bio Grad student Julianne Bradbury for taking first place in the CSU Grand Slam 3-Minute Thesis Competition! First SSU, then the whole CSU - Awesome job, Julianne!
Poster by P. Krause and team May 2021: Congratulations to Bio Grad student, Paris Krause for winning Best Poster at the CA Botanical Society's 28th Graduate Student Symposium! Kudos to fellow grad student Brieanne Forbes, & undergrad Alex Barajas-Ritchie for their help! Way to go Paris and team!
Student Research Competition - Cal Poly Pomona May 2021: Congratulations to Biology Graduate students, Allie Northey and Maddy Sanchez, each winning first place in their respective sessions at the CSU Research Competition! Way to go Allie and Maddy!
Darwin Hall sign April 2021: Registration begins Monday Apr 12! Our Fall 21 Rollout for BIOL 220 & 224 is up. Questions? Contact biology@sonoma.edu
Picture A Scientist Movie Flyer March 2021: The Biology Graduate Student Club, Women in Tech, MESA, SSU Student Involvement, and SST have partnered to bring the documentary Picture a Scientist to SSU for a virtual screening, webinar panel discussion, and virtual networking luncheon. Registration required - please contact the Biology Dept. for more info! #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInScience @SSUbiology
Student J Bradbury January 2021: The Biology Dept is proud to announce Graduate student Julianne Bradbury won SSU's inaugural 3 Minute Thesis Competition! She will now go on to the CSU-wide Grand Slam and WAGS 3MT regional competition. Congratulations, Julianne!
Alex Barajas-Ritchie January 2021: Congratulations to SSU senior Alex Barajas-Ritchie (CS), winner of the Save the Redwoods League - Science Starter Grant! Alex is working with Dr. Lisa Bentley's research group on the 3DForest Project, specifically "quantitative structure modeling of trees." Way to go, Alex!
Hua Lab member Padilla October 2020: CNPS Milo Baker funds Hua lab member Alissa Padilla a student research scholarship to create a molecular protocol to study chromosome organization of Umbellularia californica. Congratulations to great ongoing work Alissa!
Chromosomes July 2020: Dr. Lisa Hua's NSF Research grant proposal, titled "Chromosome organization in cellular development" has been approved for funding! Way to go, Dr. Hua!
Kelp July 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Mackenzie Zippay, Dr. Brent Hughes and Dr. Sean Place, who received an award from SeaGrant to address kelp recovery and restoration!
VirtGallLogo May 2020: Congratulations to all Biology students who submitted posters for the Virtual Research Gallery! Your dedication and perseverance during this uncertain time is remarkable. Way to go, Bio Students!
Dr. Lisa Hua May 2020: The Biology Department is proud to announce Dr. Lisa Hua's CSUPERB New Investigator (NI) Grant proposal has been approved for funding!  Congratulations, Dr. Hua!
BForbes April 2020: Congratulations to Biology Grad student Brieanne Forbes who has been awarded the prestigious GRIN award for Fire Science Research - Way to go, Brieanne!!
Going Remote 3/24/20: The Biology Department has transitioned to remote-only services for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Faculty and staff will be available by email during this time. 
kelp forest February 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Mackenzie Zippay and Dr. Brent Hughes on their recent award: Adding Resilience to Kelp Forests though the Development of Heat Tolerant Varieties for Restoration!
Angelica Aguilar January 2020: Congratulations to our McNair Scholars Fellowship recipient, Angelica Aguilar!
November 2019: Congratulations to the following Biology students on their Koret Award: Angelica Aguilar, Matt Draluck, Jazmyne Gill, Joseph Jackson and Shayla Shahar!
Wendy St. John November 2019: Spotlight: Biology Department Instructor Wendy St. John shares her love and expertise of Copeland Creek!
Michael Cohen and Students September 2019: The Center for Community Engagement welcomed Dr. Michael Cohen as a recent Faculty fellow. Congratulations, Dr. Cohen!
Anthony T August 2019: Congratulations to Bio Grad Student Anthony Tercero, on being selected for the CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement for the 2019-2020 academic year!
Jazmyne holding urchin April 2019: Biology Graduate Student Jazmyne Gill has been awarded the very prestigious AAUW Career Development Grant!  Congratulations, Jazmyne!
Katherine Johnson March 2019: Its Women's History Month! Join the School of Science and Technology in presenting "Women in STEM", a month long celebration with a variety of presentations, and events featuring women in science.
October 2018: The Department of Biology is proud to present the critically acclaim documentary, "The Beaver Believers" on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 pm in Darwin 103.

Welcome to the Department of Biology!

The Department of Biology offers a dynamic learning environment, exciting research and training opportunities and intensive mentoring of students at all levels. Our faculty are not only dedicated educators but also active scholars who engage in primary research to address diverse topics in the biological sciences.

The overall mission of our undergraduate and graduate programs is to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals and citizens so that they are prepared to meet the biological, environmental and technological challenges of the future.

Areas of educational and research activities include ecology, conservation and evolutionary biology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, and physiology.

Please feel free to contact any of the department faculty or staff if you have questions about our programs.

Students out in the field, checking grasses


All of the photos and videos on this site were taken by the following faculty, staff and students: Gaby Arango, Lisa Bentley, Brennan Chin, Michael Cohen, Christina Collins, Megan Gaitan, Rosemary Galten, Kandis Gilmore, Julia Graham, Shannon Healy, Lisa Hua, Fran Keller, Shannon Lee, Joseph Lin, Aurora Martinez Ricart, Dena Peacock, Alessandra Phelan-Roberts, Nathan Rank, and Mackenzie Zippay. Contact the Biology Dept. webbuilder if you need more information. 05-24-21