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Environmental Science Departmental Faculty
Scientists within FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences that focus on environmental science use primarily aquatic systems such as the Everglades and coral reefs to study ecological systems and sustain their biodiversity. Faculty members are actively conducting research on a wide range of topics including population ecology, predator-prey interactions, ecosystem energetics, food web dynamics, ecological modeling and physical-biological coupling. Much of the research is done through partnerships with agencies and organizations in South Florida, with emphasis on research in the Everglades. These partnerships have allowed FAU’s faculty to play a strong role in the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem and have led to the study and conservation of ecosystems worldwide.

FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences faculty members view integration of disciplines as a defining characteristic to understanding scientific principles. The department offers a Ph.D. Program in Integrative Biology and Masters degrees (both include the option to concentrate in environmental sciences) and Bachelors degrees.

NameArea of EmphasisAnderson, Rindy Behavioral ecology, communication, cognition, sexual selectionBaldwin, John D. Population genetics and reproductive biologyBenscoter, Brian Plant and wetland ecology and fire ecologyBrooks, Randy Marine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefsDawson-Scully, Ken  Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior geneticsDorn, Nathan Freshwater ecology and community ecologyEsiobu, Nwadiuto Environmental microbiology, drug resistance and antimicrobiosisFrazier, Evelyn Marques Entomology, plant/insect interactionsGawlik, Dale Avian and wetland ecologyHughes, Colin Evolutionary and conservation geneticsKoch-Rose, Marguerite Marine botany, nutrient cycling and climate change in tropical marine systemsKumi-Diaka, J. K. Reproductive pathophysiology and oncologyMilton, Sarah L. Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiologyNoonburg, Erik Ecological modelingOwen, Dianne Invasion biology, ecological modeling, landscape and community ecology, plant physiological ecologySalmon, Michael Animal behaviorTheisen, Tim C. Movement patterns, population structure and physiology of marine fishWyneken, Jeanette Integrative biology, comparative and functional morphologyZhang, Xing-Hai Plant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology

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