Welcome from the Chair  

Where did the summer go? It’s sometimes difficult to account for all the “free time” we faculty have during summer. Usually our time is used to focus on our research or to travel to conferences.


For me, the summer’s highlight was a trip to Baja California Sur in July, visiting Colorado State’s newly-opened Todos Santos Center (see: http://todossantos.colostate.edu/) to design a marine biology field course for our undergraduates.


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  Featured News  
Biology and Chemistry Research Groundbreaking – Save the Date!

The College of Natural Sciences will host a joint groundbreaking for both the Biology and Chemistry Research buildings on Oct. 15, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. These two buildings, to be located along the south side of Pitkin Street on the Main Campus, will be the Gateway to the Science Mall.

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Biology Faculty and Student Award Winners

Once again, the Department of Biology demonstrates excellence by receiving a long list of awards. Please join us in congratulating the 2014-2015 award winners and the 2015-16 scholarship recipients.

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Ken Kassenbrock: Mushroom Stalker and Fungi Forager

A wet spring is not only welcome for our gardens, it also causes the mountains to spring forth mushrooms in abundance. It’s a mycologist’s dream.

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Jennifer Ackerfield and Flora of Colorado Book Launch

Ask Jennifer Ackerfield about blood and she pales; ask her about plants, and you'll feel the flood of enthusiasm wash over you. Ackerfield knew she wanted to work with plants from early on when her kindergarten teacher pointed out buds on trees. "I thought it was the coolest thing ever!"

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CSU and Ecuador: Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry on Two Continents

You could think of Ecuador as the southern branch of the CSU Department of Biology. Five faculty members have established research sites in this exquisitely beautiful country to study ecology and evolutionary biology.

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Harold Harrington’s Legacy as Curator of the Colorado State University Herbarium

Harold David (H.D.) Harrington developed his deep love of and respect for plants during his childhood on a farm. He was born in DeMotte, Ind., on March 14, 1903, living there until 1909 when the the family moved to Mitchell, S.D. They moved again, in 1911, to Graettinger, Iowa, where Harrington spent the majority of his childhood with his siblings.

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Asst. Professor Tai Montgomery named a Boettcher Investigator for 2015-2018

It is our great pleasure to report that Assistant Professor Tai Montgomery has been honored with a three-year, $225,000 award as Colorado State University's 2015 Boettcher Investigator. Dr. Montgomery joined the Department of Biology in Fall 2013, and studies molecular genetic regulation of cellular processes via micro-RNAs.

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