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The University of Mississippi is included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities, Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States. The Department of Biology is a comprehensive life science department with 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty and other research active instructional faculty working in many diverse areas of biology,

Our research encompasses cell and molecular biology, evolution, and ecology, with many areas of interdisciplinary strength including symbioses and species interactions, restoration and conservation biology, behavior and neurobiology, biodiversity, microbiology, and freshwater, marine, and wetland ecology. We are a highly collaborative department, sharing interests and expertise. We train our graduate and undergraduate students to think broadly, to use interdisciplinary approaches, and to develop innovative insights into fundamental biological processes.

Please spend a moment and visit our research facilities page.

Research Areas

The Department of Biology offers graduate programs of study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Faculty also mentor undergraduate students in research activity.

Research in the department ranges from scales of the gene to the ecosystem, with many faculty bridging sub-disciplines of biology in their areas of interest. Areas of emphasis include:

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Conservation and Restoration Biology
Evolution, Biodiversity, and Systematics
Freshwater, Marine, and Wetland Ecology
Neurobiology, Behavior, and Physiology
Symbioses and Species Interactions