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From molecules, cells, and species ... to ecosystems.

The Department of Biology prides itself on the diversity of training, research experiences, and interests of its faculty members in addition to a commitment to individualized student attention.

Our department is located on the fourth floor of the Agricultural Science building. Please make arrangements to stop in and see us if you are visiting campus!

Biology Students Participate in Research in the Rotunda

April 13, 2018 - Nine University of Wisconsin-River Falls students shared their research on topics ranging from myoelectric partial hand prostheses to the effect of snow on the South Pole neutron monitorsat the 15th Annual Research in the Rotunda event in Madison April 11.

Nearly 130 students and faculty advisers from throughout the UW System took part in the event which allows legislators and the public to learn about the impact of UW System undergraduate research. In addition to their presentations, the UWRF representatives met with legislators and staff to explain how research and “hands on” experience benefits them now and into the future.

"I had the opportunity to attend this event and our students did an outstanding job of presenting their projects to legislators and others at the state capitol,” said UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen. “Undergraduate research, across a range of disciplines, is a distinctive strength of our campus, and it is the dedicated mentorship of our faculty that is a key component of providing these opportunities for UWRF students.”

UW-River Falls Biology student presenters, hometowns and research title were:

  • Miranda Rang (senior biology major from Baldwin) and Daniel Parlin (junior biotechnology major from Winona, Minn.) – Exploration of Antioxidant and Radical Scavenging Activity of Preparations of Roses
  • Crystal Carpenter (junior biology major from Red Wing, Minn.) - The Effect of Invasive Macrophytes on Turtle Community Structure in the Kinnickinnic Watershed

Dr. John Butler Visit


On Monday, October 29th, the Biology Department hosted UW-River Falls graduate and donor Dr. John Butler. Butler, a distinguished veterinary immunologist, gave a lecture on The Critical Window of Immunological Development as well as spent time meeting with students and staff.

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Items of note:

Biology Department to have a new home in 2021-2023 in Science and Technology Innovation Center

John Butler Story

UW-River Falls Biology Department awarded the 2014 Regents Teaching Excellence Program Award


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