Northern Explorers

Students conducting field work in northern Canada

Graduate student Heather Toman and undergraduate Daniel Houvener spent a portion of this past summer dodging bears and forest fires in Canada's Northwest Territories to collect small mammals and the parasites that live inside of them.  This work was part of an ongoing project in Dr. Kurt Galbreath's lab that is funded by the National Science Foundation to study the patterns and processes that shape biological diversity across the North.  Read More.


News and Information

Carrion beetles are commonly seen on roadkill along highways and streets. But did you know they can be used in a scientific lab, too? A new initiative on campus has established a habitat where the beetles are used to strip muscle tissue from small mammal carcasses so the skeletons can be more accurately studied in a laboratory. Check out more biology department opportunities here.


Biology student Erica Bingham spent the summer as a mammal intern at the Detroit Zoo. Her duties included cleaning animal habitats, feeding and building toys for the animals to play with. She also got to watch several surgeries, animal training sessions and immobilizations while working for the zoo.


Graduate student Quentin Sprengelmeyer recently presented his thesis research on the evolutionary history of loons at the “International Loon/Diver Workshop” held at Tvarminne Biological Station in Hanko, Finland. His work was well-received by researchers from Russia, Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of the world. He was the only graduate student selected to present.


Students teaching

The 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 professor

WAdonna Rometoe are very pleased to welcome our new Anatomy and Physiology instructor, Dr. Adonna Rometo, to the department.  Dr. Rometo comes to us from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she taught A&P courses at Central New Mexico Community College and at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics.  Please greet her if you see her in the hall! 

Do you have an interest in fish?

Get involved with the Aquatic Biological Society of Northern Michigan University.  


For more information check out their Facebook page here.


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

Faculty and Staff Positions click here

Student Opportunities click here

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...

Student Summer Research at the Duke Lemur Center

Ricki Oldenkamp, a senior biology major and psychology minor from Newaygo, learned through last summer's internship that the only way to experience what you want is to ask for it. 

See the whole story here.