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News, features and events from the College of Biological Sciences


Putting Down Roots

Jesse Abelson and classmates combat malnutrition in Haiti by turning bunchgrass into a cash crop

Vetiver plant

Even back on campus, Jesse Abelson’s memories of being a volunteer emergency medical technician in Haiti never strayed far from his mind.

Longtime Director of Itasca Retires

CBS Professor and Director of Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories Dave Biesboer to retire at the end of 2017.

Dave Biesboer at Itasca in the field with a group of students at Nature of Life.

Something Old and Something New

Land purchase near Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories creates new opportunities for research.


Aerial photo of the property recently purchased near Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories.

RECITE-ing Science, Across Cultures

Sehoya Cotner joins effort to expand climate change research and science communication for students across international boundaries.

Sehoya Cotner in Svalbard

Sehoya Cotner poses with a polar bear crossing sign in Svalbard, Norway.

Harmful Turned Harmless

Mikael Elias and colleagues engineer an enzyme that rapidly neutralizes the toxicity of common pesticides and herbicides.

Mikael Elias in his lab

Michael Elias in his lab in St. Paul.

A Wolf Den and an Opportunity

After a litter of wolf pups turns up at Cedar Creek, University researchers embark on an effort to understand how wolves affect their environment.

Wolf pup

A wolf pup at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

A Small World After All

Trinity Hamilton wants to unlock the secrets of light-harvesting microbes living in extreme environments in hopes of illuminating where we came from and where we’re going.

Trinity Hamilton collecting samples at Collier Glacier on North Sister in Oregon.

Impact of CBS Scholarships

Scholarships offer our students the chance to take advantage of opportunities to prepare them for their future. Hear from CBS undergraduates how receiving impacted them. 


Getting Down to Business

With biology-based solutions moving into the foreground, cross-sector collaborations between industry and academia present a unique opportunity to drive innovation and train students.

Fernando Bazan