UW Alumni Association UW Department of Biology

Biology eNews

Spring 2007

Biology Alumni Reunion Event
Return. Research. Revisit. Reconnect. Rethink. Biology

ReunionCalling all Alumni from Biology!  That includes Botany, Zoology, and Biology majors.   Reception will include heavy appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Rethink what is happening today in Biology - Revisit living examples of biodiversity Research exhibits - Reconnect with the TriBeta honors society, grad & undergrad students, and faculty - Reunite with other biology alumni.   More...

Pre-register now for a tour of the Botany Greenhouse or Medicinal Herb Garden!

Greenhouse Tour Part of the Washington Weekend Event on April 26th, 27th, and 28th. We are also opening the greenhouse for walk-through visitors in between tour times. More...

Butterfly and Insect Microscopy Photo Exhibit

Alex CoverdillOpening at Kincaid Hall on Thursday, April 26th from 4:30pm-7:00pm.
Exhibit by Biology Senior Tammy Currey. More...

Alex Coverdill wins UW Award for Excellence in Teaching

Alex CoverdillEven though he came to the UW as a graduate student focusing on research, Alex Coverdill has discovered that he also has an aptitude for teaching.  Last week he received a personal phone call from the UW Provost, Phyllis Wise, notifying him that he had received the University of Washington Award for Excellence in Teaching.  More...

Faculty Research

Horacio de la Iglesia

Horacio de la IglesiaHoracio de la Iglesia first got hooked on biology as an undergraduate in Argentina when he happened to notice a natural phenomenon: at certain times of the day crabs hid into their sand-plugged burrows, and at other times of the day they were all out on the beach.  His interest was piqued.  What drove their behavior?  Was there a method to their madness?  More...

Interview with Sam Wasser

Sam WasserBy combining the talents of laboratory researchers and trained tracking dogs, Professor Sam Wasser leads a team that helps save the lives of endangered species. The Center for Conservation Biology uses noninvasive genetic and physiological tools to measure wildlife health over large territories. This is being done without capturing or tagging any animals.  More...

Undergraduate Students

Biology Senior exhibits microscopy photography in Kincaid Hall

Horacio de la IglesiaArtist Statement by Tammy Lynn Currey: I have always been an artist in some form including painting, sculpture, guitar, poetry and photography. However my first love is the natural world and the scientific method. These photos are the perfect combinations of my two passions and I am grateful for the opportunity. More...


Sam Wasser and The Center for Conservation Biology featured in news articles around the world for their work to save elephants from dangerous ivory poachers
Sam WasserResearch led by Prof. Sam Wasser has yielded a powerful new tool for law enforcement officials tracking poached ivory. By finding genetic markers unique to different elephant populations across Africa, Wasser is able to use DNA from poached ivory to identify the region and even the population from which the ivory came. This information allows law enforcement officials to concentrate their efforts in areas where elephants are in the greatest danger of being poached. Read more: African carnage: One year's seized ivory likely came from 23,000 elephants.

Sanjay Sane, Alexandre Dieudonne, and Tom Daniel published in the Feb. 9th issue of Science for their work on hawk moth navigation. The photo is by Armin Hinterwirth
Sanjay SaneHow hawk moths manage to be so adept at flying has long perplexed scientists. These moths do not possess sensory organs called halteres known to aid other insects in flight, and they typically fly in low-light conditions making flight based on visual cues difficult. Sane, Dieudonne, Daniel, and a fourth colleague discovered the answer to this mystery in the moth's antennae. Learn more about their exciting findings: Microsurgery and Super Glue show how antennae aid moth navigation.

Regina Redman and Rusty Rodriguez published in the Jan. 26th issue of Science for their work on a three-way symbiosis between a virus, fungus, and plant
Regina RedmanPreviously Redman and Rodriguez discovered a tropical panic grass growing in geothermal soils in Yellowstone National Park tolerates high soil temperatures only when colonized by a particular fungus. Neither the fungus nor the plant can survive the extreme soil temperatures without the other. Now, along with two colleagues, they've discovered that the fungus must be infected by a virus in order for heat tolerance to be conferred. The exact mechanism is, as of yet, unknown, but without the virus neither the plant nor the fungus would survive long in the heated conditions of their native habitat. Yet another example of the complex relationships among different organisms! A Virus in a Fungus in a Plant: Three-Way Symbiosis Required for Thermal Tolerance.

Prof. Christian Sidor returns from collection trip in Niger with new fossils from the pre-triassic era
Christian SidorSidor and his team set out to north central Niger to "investigate the relationship between climate and the distribution of animal and plant life in the distant past," according to a Burke Museum news release. The fossils are important to understanding the influence of climate on evolution and also for testing climate models of the area during the Permian period, Sidor said in the UW Daily Article: Fossils Arrive at the Burke.

Genes called 'Speechless" and 'Mute' discovered by biology Prof. Keiko Torii and research team
Keiko ToriiProf. Keiko Torri published two papers, one in Nature and one accepted in Developmental Biology on Dec. 20th.. More...

Awards & Announcements

Biology Faculty, Staff, Student, and Alumni Awards and Accomplishments

Please visit our News & Events Pages for more info about activities at the Department of Biology. For questions, please call (206) 685-2185.



Contact Us

Department of Biology
University of Washington
Box 351800
Seattle, WA 98195-1800
Main Office: (206) 543-1620
Fax: (206) 543-3041
Development & Outreach Coordinator: (206) 685-2185

UW Alumni Association
1415 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
1-800-AUW-ALUM or (206) 543-0540

About Biology eNews

Biology eNews is a free e-newsletter for alumni and friends of the UW Department of Biology, prepared by the Department of Biology and the UW Alumni Association.

Support the UW Department of Biology:

Rescue the once beautiful K-wing courtyard and make it a vibrant and welcoming community and learning space for Biology Students! Read about this proposal created by the Biology Honors Society and learn about other ways you can help to support the department. More...