Department of Biological Sciences


BIO 205 students at Portland Science Center

BIO 205 students visit Portland Science Center

Students in Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy visited the Planet Shark exhibit, connecting concepts in evolution and anatomy that they are learning in class.
USM update filming April 2018

Replay: 'The USM Update,' April 2, 2018

In this episode of "The USM Update," University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings continues in talking about the University's many workforce initiatives, this time in the fields of biology, aquaculture and engineering.

USM hosting phenomics workshop

Dr. Lisa Moore, Professor of Biology, is co-organizer of the Next Generation Phenomics workshop, which brings together researchers from throughout the country and will be held 24-25 May 2018 on the USM Portland campus.
Lacks family speak at Hannaford Hall

Henrietta Lacks' descendants discuss bioethics, race and compassion at USM

Two descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose immortal cells have since became one of the most important tools in medicine, speak to large crowd at USM, covered by the Portland Press Herald.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (book cover)

USM to host “Descendants of Henrietta Lacks” bioethics lecture Oct. 13

USM will host a lecture featuring the descendants of Henrietta Lacks as they explore ethics, race, and the commercialization of human tissue on Oct. 13.
USM MMCRI interns 2017

Biology Interns present work at MMCRI

Biology majors Grace McKenzie, Mariah Farrell, and Ron Helderman were among the students who presented results of their 2016-2017 internships at Maine Medical Center Research Institute in April.
Hypothetical matrix

Dr. Lisa Moore publishes new tool for microbial bioinformatics

Dr. Lisa Moore coauthored work on a tool developed to pull descriptive information about microbial traits from the literature, generating a matrix to study evolutionary relationships. USM undergraduates enrolled in microbiology courses contributed to the project.
Lisa Moore and Ellyn Touchette

Congratulations to Biology's Inauguration Scholars!

Biology student, and one of the world's top-rated slam poets, honored as an Inauguration Scholar
Leanne Reichert, Chris Maher, and Carrie Boudreau

Congratulations to Biology's Inauguration Scholars!

Biology students honored as Inauguration Scholars
Interaction rate versus density in harbor seals

Graduate student research published in Journal of Mammalogy

Anne Honeywell (M.S. Biology, 2014) published "Intensity, rate, and outcome of agonistic interactions in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina concolor) vary with density on haul-out ledges," coauthored with her thesis advisor, Dr. Chris Maher, in the Journal of Mammalogy.