Biology Graduate Program Director
UMass Dartmouth's proximity to a variety of coastal habitats provides a special emphasis in both faculty research and course offerings on the estuaries and near-shore environments of the Buzzards Bay region of the Massachusetts coast.
The University is within a one-hour drive of the major libraries, museums, and academic and research institutions of the Boston, Providence, and Woods Hole areas. The Department houses teaching and research laboratories that are equipped for a wide variety of molecular, organismal, and ecological research. A fifty-foot oceanographic research vessel, R/V Lucky Lady, is available for coastal marine research. The Department also maintains museum collections of fishes and invertebrates of the southeastern Massachusetts region.
Graduate students enjoy the proximity to rural and urban environments and the recreational opportunities of living near the coast.
UMass Dartmouth Biology faculty research encompasses a range of topics from molecular and cellular biology to marine and terrestrial ecology. Research in molecular and biotechnology-related areas is increasing dramatically at UMass Dartmouth; a concentration of Biology faculty work on molecular, genetic, and cellular aspects of development in a variety of contexts. UMass Dartmouth continues its tradition of emphasis on marine and coastal biology; Biology faculty work in marine biology, emphasizing a diversity of ecological and evolutionary approaches, and including fishes and marine mammals as well as the estuaries and near-shore environments of the Buzzards Bay region of the Massachusetts south coast
Additional Biology faculty complement this emphasis with work in ecology and evolutionary biology more broadly. Finally, several of the faculty bridge these concentrations, setting the stage for exciting dynamics in the Biology Department.