Department of Biological Sciences

A strawberry poison frog, color morph red, sits on a leaf in a forest

Study Shows Sexual Selection Alone Could Spark Formation of Species

Animals that seek mates and fight rivals that resemble their parents could be setting the stage for the formation of a new species, research from Pitt biology graduate student Yusan Yang and associate professor Corinne Richards-Zawacki indicates.
young woman with pigtail braids holding a bee house

Bee Friendly Pitt Sets Campus Abuzz

After taking an environmental studies course focused on developing impactful sustainability projects in the community, a group of undergraduates installed seven bee houses across the Pittsburgh campus.
Hatfull in a green coat, wearing gloves and looking at a round slide of phages

Lifesaving First in Medicine Boosted By Student Research in Hatfull Lab

Research efforts in Graham Hatfull’s lab involving phages, or viruses that infect bacteria, saved a cystic fibrosis patient from a life-threatening infection. This therapeutic first couldn’t have happened without the help of undergraduate students.
Tom Eliseuson and Madison Holden wearing ballcaps and examining a tree

Duo’s Mission: Count Each Tree on Campus

A Pitt-specific tree inventory is the first step in tracking progress toward the Pitt Sustainability Plan goal of increasing the campus tree canopy 50 percent by 2030.

4 Researchers Receive New Initiatives Grants From Charles E. Kaufman Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Charles E. Kaufman Foundation has named Tia-Lynn Ashman and James Pipas as recipients of one of its...