Biology Students Study in Brazil

NMU students with sloth in Brazil

NMU students explored Brazil during the 2015 winter break as part of a collaborative field course organized by Dr. Jill Leonard in the Department of Biology and Dr. Susy Ziegler in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences.  Here undergraduates Cole Gude and Mallory Fischer make a new friend.  

News and Information

Cody Norton and his award winning poster



Student Wins Award at International Meeting

Biology grad student Cody Norton was awarded the Truman award for best poster presentation at the 23rd International Conference on Bear Research and Management in Thessaloniki, Greece. There were 58 posters total at the conference, which was attended by roughly 250 people representing 42 different countries.


Biology Professor Receives State Award

NMU biology professor Alec Lindsay was selected as one of three Distinguished Professors of the Year by the President's Council of State Universities of Michigan. Read more.

Students conducting field work in northern Canada

Students Study Northern Biodiversity

This summer graduate students Heather Toman and Gena Haas, and undergraduate Shaley Valentine, studied small mammals and parasites in Saskatchewan and Manitoba as part of an ongoing project in Dr. Kurt Galbreath's lab. Their research is helping to illuminate patterns of biodiversity and the processes that have shaped them.​ Read more.

TWS Group

NMU Hosts Wildlife Student Conclave

The 35-member NMU chapter of the Wildlife Society worked for several months in preparation of being hosts to the 2014 Wildlife Society's Midwest Student Conclave, which was held in April. Read more here.


New Beetle Habitat Created

Carrion beetles are commonly seen on roadkill along highways and streets. But did you know they can be used in a scientific lab, too? Student curators working with the Northern Michigan Museum of Zoology use these beetles to clean skeletons that can then be used for research and teaching. Check out this video to learn more.

New Master's Program

Students working in labThe new Master of Science in Post-Secondary Biology Education degree will equip graduates with the scientific and educational skills required to teach biology in the college setting, particularly in community colleges. Learn more here.

Welcome New Faculty

Valerie HedgesWe are very pleased to welcome Valerie Hedges to the Biology Department faculty!  Dr. Hedges is a neuroscientist with interests in behavioral and neural plasticity, and her arrival helps to enhance NMU's growing strengths in neurobiology.  She comes to us from the University of Minnesota where she completed her PhD and post-doctoral research.  Welcome, Valerie!

Academic Program Videos

Student talking about ZoologyStudents talk about their experiences and opportunities within the majors of Biology.


Fisheries & Wildlife Management 

Microbiology Emphasis 

Physiology Emphasis 

Zoology (Pre-Vet)

Employment in Biology

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Student Research Funding

Student Research Funding
Are you interested in conducting research in the Biology Department with your faculty mentor?  There are several ways to obtain funding for your project!  Follow this link for more information...