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Faculty in the College of Biological Sciences conduct research on a broad range of subjects, from molecules to ecosystems, and make discoveries that improve human health, restore the environment, provide new sources of renewable energy and enhance agriculture. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about CBS faculty.

Hemp on the Horizon

Field trials allow researchers to determine what varieties of industrial hemp grow best in different parts of Minnesota.

George Weiblen

A Long-Term Look at Range Limits

NSF renews funding for a multi-year study led by David Moeller investigating the ecological and evolutionary forces impacting the boundaries of species’ geographic ranges.

A central theme in evolutionary biology is that organisms frequently adapt to a variety of environemnts across their ranges. At the same time, it remains poorly understood as to why boundaries to geographic ranges form and remain stable over long periods of time.

Getting to Know David Kirkpatrick

Longtime faculty member steps into role as department head of Biology Teaching and Learning, and offers his insights on BTL’s efforts in education research.

David Kirkpatrick

After serving as interim, David Kirkpatrick was recently named head of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning.

The Biologists and the Bell

College of Biological Sciences faculty contributed to the creation of exhibits and more at the new Bell Museum. 

Student at Bell Museum

A wall display at the new Bell features images taken of plots at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve using spectral diversity of plants to evaluate biodiversity.

The Story Behind the Scientist with Feng Zhang

Feng Zhang

Feng Zhang was born and raised in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, China’s most populous province. Both math and science came easily to him, so he set his academic sights on genetics, a natural marriage of two passions that would allow him to “solve real problems in the real world.”

Highly Cited: Turning Thoughts on Aging and Mortality on End

Evolutionary biologist James Curtsinger’s finding about mortality rates continues to influence research on mortality and population heterogeneity.

James Curtsinger

Editor’s note: In this new series we’ll showcase highly cited research by College of Biological Sciences faculty.

Checking in With Dean Forbes -- September 2018

I work with many incredibly talented faculty and staff to set a course for the college. It’s one of the things I love most about my job. This job comes with great responsibility, and I feel a particular obligation to ensure that we always act with integrity and transparency to achieve our mission.

Kids and cholesterol

A new study aims to boost screening and improve outcomes for children with a genetic form of high cholesterol and their families.

It may come as a surprise, but one in 250 kids has a genetic form of high cholesterol. It may come as less of a surprise that many of them go undiagnosed. Catching the condition early is key.