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The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to create the physical and intellectual atmosphere that will enable our faculty, staff and students to achieve excellence in teaching and research. Our programs are designed to help foster a life-long curiosity about biology while developing the intellectual and technical skills needed to pursue careers in biology.

The department offers B.A., B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biology. Graduate students can focus their studies in two areas of specialization within the department - Cell/Molecular Biology and Ecology. We also offer certificate programs in Conservation Biology and in Bioinformatics.

The department has research laboratories in Larkin Hall at the Rose Hill campus and at the Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station in Armonk, NY. The Calder Center provides opportunities for students, faculty and visiting scientists to study relatively undisturbed biological communities near an urban center, and to affort urban students an opportunity to examine the natural world scientifically.
ConTact Information
Chair: Lewis (RH)
Associate Chairs: Finnemann (RH), Iwantsch (RH)

Larkin Hall 160 (RH)
(718) 817-3640

Professors: Lewis, Ross, Rubin, Thornhill, Wehr

Associate Professors: Dubrovsky, Finnemann, Frank, Iwantsch,
Meneses, Munshi-South, Tuininga, Wei

Assistant Professors: Clark, Franks, Hekkala, Kolokotronis

Professors Emeriti: Aiello, Dale, Hegyi, Kevin,
Mukherjee, Sullivan

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Department News
What’s in a name? Quite a bit when it comes to monk seals, says Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Kolokotronis is the co-author of a recent study in the journal Zookeys that has named the first new genus of modern pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses) in more than 140 years

Catharina Grubaugh was awarded the Francis Trainor award for best grad student poster at the 53rd annual Northeast Algal Society meeting in Newport, RI.

Catharina Grubaugh was awarded the Ralph A. Lewin best poster from the (national) Phycological Society of America at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (JASM 2014) in Portland, OR.

William Haffey, an ecology graduate student at Fordham University, cradled the nervous clump of gray and yellow feathers in his hands and carefully released it into a long, dark tunnel. At the far end were the adjacent glass panels, illuminated by a daylight simulator.The tunnel tests, conducted on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo, are helping conservationists and ornithologists understand and, they hope, ultimately prevent the widespread deaths of migratory birds as a result of building crashes.

New York City Audubon, the American Bird Conservancy and Fordham University are collaborating on the research, which is focused on various types of glass and their ability to deter birds.

Congratulations to Dustin Partridge, a doctoral candidate in biology at Fordham University. He is featured in the National Wildlife Magazine discussing his dissertation research about how New York City’s green roofs attract large numbers of migratory birds and their insect prey.