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  • Butterfly House Noxubee Refuge October 2014

    Butterfly House Roadshow at Noxubee Refuge October 2014

  • Heliconius erato

    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

  • Ichneumonid Wasp

    Ichneumonid Wasp-Common Parasitoid of Native Blue Cactus Borer Larvae

  • Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2014

    Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2014

  • Native Blue on Prickly Pear

    Native Blue Cactus Borer Caterpillar Emerging from Prickly Pear

  • Native Blue on Host

    Adult native Blue cactus Borer Hanging on Host Plant

  • Silphium

    Silphium (Prairie dock) from a local roadside

Departmental News

(2014-10-20) Butterfly House Roadshow “Trial Run” Great Success with Local 4th & 5th Graders - The Starkville School District Science Club made up of forty-five 4th & 5th graders attended the first presentation of the Butterfly Roadshow held at Noxubee Refuge on October 14. The students learned about Blackbelt prairies, green roofs and butterfly pollinators from Drs. Brian Counterman (Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences) and Tim Schauwecker (Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture). Follow the link below for more information. Another Butterfly Roadshow is planned for the Spring of 2015.

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(2014-10-14) Biological Sciences Major Named First Alternate in Miss MSU Pageant - Junior Biological Sciences major, Meredith R. Thomas, was named First Alternate at the annual Miss MSU pageant held Friday, October 10, on campus. Congratulations, Meredith!

Interestingly, 4 of the 9 Miss MSU hopefuls were Biological Sciences majors.

(2014-09-24) Dr. Heather Jordan Receives NIJ Grant in Excess of $800,000 - Dr. Heather Jordan, Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences since August of this year, has received a National Institute of Justice award in the amount of $843,376. Her 3-year project, Utilization of Microbial Structure and Function in Investigations of Criminal Justice, begins January 2015.

Studies funded by the grant will describe how bacteria residing in a living host react and translocate after death of the host. Identifying specific microbial taxa or metabolic signatures during host decomposition stages have potential application for use in quantifiable, precise measurements of post-mortem interval in death investigations.

Dr. Jordan has made a great start at MSU and we are so glad that she is a member of the Biological Sciences Department!

(2014-09-03) Biological Sciences Ph.D. Student Selected for Prestigious D.C. Program - Carter Holland, Ph.D. student conducting research under the direction of Dr. James Stewart, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, has been selected for the 2014 Student/Postdoc Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

Please follow the link below for the full story.

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Department of Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mailstop: 9536
Mail: PO Box GY

TEL: 662.325.3120
FAX: 662.325.7939

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219 Harned Hall, 295 Lee Blvd,
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Welcome

The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University is home to 25 instructors and tenure-track faculty and more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students. We offer three B.S. degrees (Biological Sciences, Microbiology, and Medical Technology) and three graduate degrees (an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in General Biology, a distance program for science teachers).

Research in the Department represents the breadth of the Biological Sciences, including work in Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Our faculty have received research funding from all major federal funding agencies, as well as many state and private funding sources, and we have nationally respected faculty in each of the major research disciplines named above.

We invite you to browse the information provided here and to contact any of us with questions you may have about our work or potential studies in Biology at MSU.