Biology Department

Goodbye, Wheelwrights, and Thank You For Everything

Colleagues and friends surprised Genie and Nat Wheelwright at the end of their final classes this semester with a couple rounds of hearty applause. Both professors are retiring from long careers at Bowdoin, where they inspired countless students to pay attention to and take care of the world around them, learn Spanish, study abroad, and undertake rigorous research projects.

Professor Horch on Why Crickets Matter (Not Least Because We Might Be Eating Them One Day)

Professor Horch’s new book, The Cricket as a Model Organism,” argues that studying crickets, which are related to locusts, could lead to new pest controls. Also, as the human population grows and puts increasing pressure on our agricultural systems, it could behoove us to have better science about this edible insect.

‘Maine Calling’ Broadcasts Bowdoin Environment Expertise to the Masses

The environment, how it’s studied at Bowdoin and how Maine is a living laboratory for that endeavor were aspects of a conversation originating on campus and shared with listeners statewide on Maine Public Radio’s interactive call-in program Maine Calling Friday, April 21, 2017.

Students Dream Up New Uses for Old Navy Base

For Katie Morse-Gagne ’19 and Andrew Blunt ’19, the 260 acres of sandplain grassland, vernal pools and stream systems, oak-pine forest and pitch pine heath barren on the former Navy base represent a bounty of possibilities for Bowdoin and the town. Since last fall, when they were in Assistant Professor of Biology Vlad Douhovnikoff’s Forest Ecology class, the […]

Maine Public Radio and Keith Shortall ’82 Bring ‘Maine Calling’ to Campus to Discuss Maine and the Environment

Join in the conversation as Maine Public Radio brings Maine Calling, its interactive call-in program, to the Bowdoin College campus Friday, April 21, 2017, in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. The program airs live from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Sarah Kingston: An Evolutionary Look at Spotted and Collared Towhees

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Sarah Kingston has a new article in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology that explains how she and her co-authors used gene sequencing technology to understand how two bird species are swapping genes.

Kent Island 2016 – Taking the Measure of a Summer

Summer 2016 on Kent Island provided Bowdoin students with nine weeks of creative, diverse and challenging opportunities.

Bowdoin Wins Beckman Scholars Award for Scientific Research

The grant will bring in $104,000 over the next three years to support four student-mentor pairs pursuing research in fields related to chemistry, biology, neuroscience, and biochemistry.

Logan Cautiously Welcomes Genetic ‘Breakthrough’

Researchers led by agricultural scientists at the University of Illinois recently reported some remarkable results that could one day end up boosting the global food supply.

Becca Selden ’06 Looks to the Sea to Study Climate Change

Becca Selden ’06 described evolving from an idealistic young girl focused on conservation—and saving animals like leopards at any cost—to a seasoned scientist who is mindful of how important natural resources are to sustaining people throughout the world.

Bowdoin Profs, Students Use 3D Printers to Advance Their Work

As 3D printers become more common and affordable, Bowdoin professors are taking advantage of the machines’ ability to print pretty much anything.

Assessing Impacts of Climate Change on Gulf of Maine’s Bivalve Population

Alana Luzzio spent much of the summer collecting samples of tiny clams across the Gulf of Maine, to study how the changing environment is affecting their genetic make-up.

Alumni Ornithologists Gather for Reunion at Annual Conference

At the recent North American Ornithology Congress in D.C., a few ornithologists gathered for a Bowdoin/Kent Island reunion.

A Summer of Science in Druckenmiller Hall

To give people a sense of the activity that went on in Druckenmiller throughout the summer, we’ve put together an interactive blueprint of the buildings.

Science Faculty See Pros and Cons of Avoiding Traditional Publication Route

Science professors discuss the advantages and limitations of traditional, peer-reviewed, subscription-based academic publishing, and the alternative option of publishing straight to the Internet.

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

Sex Talk: Invited Scholars Assess Impact of Alfred Kinsey 1916

The contribution of renowned sexologist Alfred Kinsey, class of 1916, was front and center at a recent two day symposium organized by Bowdoin and feauring invited panelists.

Old-school Tweeting: Campus Teams Compete in 2nd Annual Birdathon

For the second yea in a row, Professor of Biology Nat Wheelwright organized a campus-wide Birdathon, inviting students, staff, and faculty to try to identify as many birds as possible in 90 minutes.

Sample Size: A Quick Look at Bowdoin Scientists

 Wilder Nicholson ’16 has collaborated with the chair of the biology department, Nat Wheelwright, to create a series of brief videos to introduce some of the department’s scientists to prospective biology students and others.

The Evolutionary Benefits of Cloning, According to Bowdoin Ecologist

Biology professor Vlad Douhovnikoff is researching the ecological benefits of cloning, as well as the evolutionary benefits. The latter might at first blush sound contradictory.