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Cleber Ten Caten and Dr. Tad Dallas published a new study in the Journal of Animal Ecology

Learn more about plant-frugivore interactions across different latitudes

The Davis lab published a new study in Genome Medicine

Discover how mice with pituitary malformations help identify human cases of hypopituitarism

USC biologist revives historic moth and butterfly collection

What started as a hobby taking photos of butterflies at a community garden gave Allie Fletcher a jumpstart to a future in ecology research. Now, she's helping build one of the largest single-site insect databases in the country, while discovering and identifying species never documented in South Carolina.

Drs. Kristen Hogan, Andy Schumpert, and Amanda Zeigler receive a CIEL grant

Funds provide support for developing or revising a course that provides students with the opportunity to engage in beyond the classroom experiences.

Honors College student wins Truman Scholarship

Reese Lycan embodies the spirit of the Truman Scholarship. With an eye on becoming a physician, the Honors College junior from Lexington, Kentucky, also wants to advocate for better health care access, particularly for low-income residents of rural Appalachia.

Biology major's research experiences inspire her to help others

When Vrutti Patel transferred to the University of South Carolina, she wanted to expand her horizons and get out of her comfort zone. In pursuit of her goal, the fourth-year biological sciences major has participated in undergraduate research and gotten involved with the on-campus organization the Alliance for Women in STEM.

Darren Manuela and Dr. Mingli Xu published a new study in the Journal of Experimental Botany

Learn more about the growth of bracts, the leaves subtending the flowers

Nikita Kirkise, Graham McLaughlin and Katelyn Rygel awarded a SPARC Graduate Research Grant

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the SPARC Graduate Research Grant is a merit-based award designed to ignite research and creative excellence across all disciplines at USC.

Dr. Tim Mousseau and colleagues published a new study in PNAS

Discover what happened to worms in Chernobyl!

Drs. Kristiaan Merritt and Tammi Richardson published a new study in the Journal of Phycology

Discover the multiple colors of cryptophytes

The Armstrong lab published a new study in Developmental Biology

Discover the mechanisms by which adipose nutrient sensing remote controls the ovary.

Dr. Dan Speiser and colleagues published a new study in Science

Learn more about the evolution of visual systems

Ymani Wright and Dr. Alissa Armstrong published a study in microPublication Biology

Discover where amino acid transporters are present in Drosophila

Dr. Tammi Richardson receives the 2024 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

The award recognizes faculty from SEC member universities with outstanding records in research and scholarship.

Drs. Stephanie Ackerson and Trey Franklin receive a Two Thumbs Up Award

This award recognizes faculty and staff members who have made a difference for students with disabilities.

Biology research course brings fresh perspectives into undergraduate research

Last semester, when Adara “Auden” Grant enrolled in the Research in Biology course to fulfill lab requirements for their major, they discovered a supportive community and gained confidence in their research skills through BIOL 498, a student-driven course offering hands-on research experience and individualized support for up to 15 undergraduates.

Congratulations to our new Magellan scholars!

The Magellan Scholars program was created to enrich the academic experience of our undergraduates through research opportunities in all disciplines.

Biology major reflects on his experience with the SC Internship Program

Keynan Kennedy, a fourth-year biological student in the College of Arts and Science, walks us through his experience with the South Carolina Internship Program while he reflects on his journey at the university.

The Stone lab published a new study in Limnology and Oceanography

Learn more about diel vertical migration in oceans

The Ely lab published a new book chapter in Methods in Molecular Biology

Learn more about bacteriophage diversity

The Dudycha and Richardson labs published a new study in Protist

Discover the early history of cryptophytes

Dr. Carol Boggs has been elected as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution

The Krizek lab published a new study in Plant Molecular Biology

Learn more about the transcirptional control of flower development

Drs. Dan Chappell, Carol Boggs and Dan Speiser published a new study in the Journal of Experimental Biology

Discover why the silver spots on the wings of the Mormon fritillary butterfly matter

The LoPresti lab published a new study in Oecologia

Learn more about seed defense against granivores

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