Department of Biology and Natural Resources Management

Biology is an exciting and dynamic field focusing on the study of living things and their environments. The Department strives to set a standard of excellence in biology and natural resources education as a unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Degree Options:

We offer undergraduate degrees in Biology or Natural Resources Management, and a graduate degree in Biology.

Students interested in ecology and environmental sustainability will find many opportunities to pursue their interests in our undergraduate programs, which include emphases in General Biology, Biomolecular Processes, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in addition to the degree in Natural Resources Management. Undergraduate students also may complete emphases in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Teacher Certification, or Pre-Medical and Pre-Professional preparation through our undergraduate program. The Biology MS degree program also offers optional emphases in either Aquatic Sciences or Natural Resources.

Department News and Events

Our offices are open, however, we continue to work remotely at this time.

Please email biodept@gvsu.edu and we will respond to you as soon as possible during our normal business hours, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Research Opportunities:

Faculty in the Biology Department are involved in a broad range of research providing many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in a variety of projects. These areas of research include animal behavior, aquatic biology, bioethics, botany, climate, conservation, development, ecology, environmental sustainability, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, natural resources management, natural resources policy, restoration ecology, and science education.

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GVSU professor studies ways to support forest resilience at two LCWM nature preserves

Nyamai Research


Dr. Priscilla Nyamai conducted a long-term study to assess ways to restore biodiversity and support the resilience of oak forest systems at the B.D. White and Brower Lake Nature Preserves.

Decades-long GVSU tree swallow study continually benefits science, students

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Dr. Michael Lombardo drew data from decades-long research at a tree swallow study site along the southern part of the Allendale Campus for a recently published paper on the most favorable fledging circumstances for the birds to return to the nesting area.

Biology graduate student's research on genetics of chimpanzees

Genetics of chimpanzees in captivity


A research collaboration focusing on animals in captivity forged between a faculty member and an undergraduate student has continued with innovative research as the student pursues a graduate degree.

Dr. Alex Nikitin publishes an article in Scientific Reports

Pottery from Brunn 2


An article published in Scientific Reports on December 20th details the analysis of genetic ancestry as well as diet and mobility of the individuals interred at Brunn 2

Funding Pledged to Fight Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

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Dr. Ali Locher and NRM alumnus, Trevor Rose, an invasive species manager at the Ottawa Conservation District, work to eradicate the invasive hemlock wooly adelgid in Grand Haven.

Graduate Student Receives Support for Hoary Bat Research

Randi Lesagonicz


Graduate Student Randi Lesagonicz and Dr. Amy Russell were awarded an NCR-SARE grant for research on bats’ diets in southern Michigan apple orchards.


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The 2021 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program is now accepting applications from a diverse group of undergraduate students to join an immersive research experience. The 11 week paid 2021 program will be VIRTUAL (May 24 – August 6, 2021) 🌲🌾🌳πŸͺ΄
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