Biology

McNair Scholars transition undergraduate research projects to online formats

Words like pivot and persevere are often used to describe how students transitioned to remote learning due to COVID-19. David Martin, director of the McNair Scholars program, added courage when describing how 17 undergraduates adapted their research to online formats. The McNair Scholars program, a federally funded TRIO program, supports first-generation and underrepresented students who want to pursue doctoral programs.

Oct 13, 2020


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

Michael Lombardo set up nesting boxes along the south side of the Allendale Campus to study the birds. The data collected is a rich source of information for ongoing analysis.

Aug 27, 2020


Faculty and staff sketches

University news briefs, along with faculty and staff members who have given presentations or written articles are detailed below.

Aug 3, 2020


Slow and steady, with a head start: GVSU biology researchers, local zoo work to boost survival chances for vulnerable turtles

The collaboration, which also includes a West Michigan nature center, is an effort to boost the population of Eastern box turtles.

Jul 24, 2020


GVSU expert on rampant Arctic fires: 'fulfilling a prophecy'

Bob Hollister, professor of biology and leader of the university's Arctic Ecology Program, said the fires signal the impact scientists have warned about when it comes to Arctic warming.

Jul 20, 2020



Newly hatched peregrine falcon chicks starting life at Eberhard Center

Three chicks hatched early on April 28 in the nesting box, with a fourth egg remaining.

Apr 28, 2020


Biology graduate student's research on genetics of chimpanzees in captivity called 'ahead-of-the-curve thinking'

Francesca Golus started working with biology professor Jodee Hunt as an undergraduate.

Feb 4, 2020


A summer wildflower with dark secrets, a Grand Valley researcher working to unlock them

An associate professor of biology is studying how controlled burning can manage the invasive plant. Todd Aschenbach studies the restorative ecological benefits of the process.

Jan 29, 2020


Biology researchers studying if bats can help control pests at apple orchards

The research has received backing from a grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nov 7, 2019