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Spotlight on Research: Dr. Robert Drew - Genetics of Anemonefish - Sea Anemone Symbiosis

Biology Graduate Programs


The UMass Dartmouth Biology Department is home to world-class research with study systems ranging from local coastal environments to distant lands and seas all over the world. Faculty-led research topics span molecular and cellular biology, organismal and evolutionary biology, and marine and terrestrial ecology, with most faculty adopting distinctly integrative perspectives within their labs.  Many faculty members work as dynamic teams on research projects that cross traditional boundaries.  

Recent graduate student projects have been in diverse fields, including molecular ecology, microbial evolution, genetics, genomics, modeling, plankton ecology, plant species distributions, harmful algal blooms, marine and soil microbiology, cell signaling, environmental impacts on development, animal behavior, marine mammal biology, marine bioinvasions, parasites of marine fishes, skeletal evolution, fish biology and eco-physiology.  Some projects have involved collaborative research with National Marine Fisheries Service, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, UMass Cranberry Experiment Station, Mystic and New England Aquariums, as well as many other national and international universities and research institutes in the U.S. and abroad.

Biology Graduate Programs 

Master of Science in Biology / Marine Biology
Ph.D. in Integrative Biology

Intercampus Graduate Programs

Ph.D. in Marine Science
Ph.D in Biolmedical Engineering and Biotechnology
Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences