Organismal Biology Departmental Faculty
FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences houses research labs working on a wide spectrum of organisms, from fruit flies and worms to turtles and sharks. Areas of interest include developmental biology, conservation biology, marine biology, physiology, animal behavior and morphology/evolution. Undergraduate and graduate students are studying how organisms communicate, pick their mates, move and migrate. Students are learning how animals and plants interact and evolve. Studies are being conducted on the molecular mechanisms behind why organisms sleep and age and the genetics behind how animals think and behave.
NameArea of EmphasisAnderson, Rindy
Behavioral ecology, communication, cognition, sexual selectionBaldwin, John D.
Population genetics and reproductive biologyBrooks, Randy
Marine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefsDawson-Scully, Ken
Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior geneticsGodenschwege, Tanja
Molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discoveryJia, Kailiang
Molecular regulation of agingKajiura, Stephen
Functional morphology and sensory biology of marine fishKeene, Alex
Neurogenetics and the evolution of behaviorKumi-Diaka, J. K.
Reproductive pathophysiology and oncologyMacleod, Greg
Mitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and agingMilton, Sarah L.
Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiologyMurphey, Rod
Development and degeneration of synapsesPorter, Marianne E.
Biomechanics and functional morphology and physiologySalmon, Michael
Animal behaviorWyneken, Jeanette
Integrative biology, comparative and functional morphologyZhang, Xing-Hai
Plant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology