Biological Sciences Spotlight

Coming a Long Way and Going Much Farther
Angelica Beltrán Franco ’19 is a wildlife and conservation biology major and animal behavior minor who moved to the U.S. with her family in 2013 from Medellin, Colombia. 
The Joy of Discovery
Wyatt Shell ‘20G is poised to have a big impact on our understanding of bee sociality.
Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom
At UNH, Kiley Kennedy ’19 has found unique opportunities for learning in both traditional and nontraditional ways that are preparing her for the future.
A Lifelong Lover of Marine Animals Finds Her Calling
Mary Kate Munley '21 is driven to keep seizing opportunities and gaining the skills and knowledge she needs for a successful and rewarding career as a marine biologist.
Determined to make a difference
Emily Ray ’20 came to UNH with a strong interest in studying shark behavior, but shifted her focus to cyanobacteria in freshwater lakes after working in...
Accomplished Researcher Heading the Department of Biological Sciences
Bonnie Brown, who comes to UNH from...
My thesis project has three objectives: (1) develop and utilize a reliable protocol for the transformation of Dunaliella, (2) see if nitrogen starvation accumulates more lipids, and finally (3) see if more nitrogen sequestration in polyamines also induce lipid production. Nutrient availability has...
Oxidized and reduced forms of nitrogen are the most common and costly input nutrient that often limits carbon assimilation in plants. The forms of nitrogen present in plants are nitrate and ammonium, which are very mobile in the soil. N (especially as NO3) is also the cause of significant...
My master’s research focuses on the formation, persistence, and toxicity of deep-water layers of cyanobacteria in some of these clear-water lakes in New Hampshire and aims to answer an important part of the broader question of when do cyanobacteria blooms produce toxins. New Hampshire boasts some...
My work aims to begin understanding the relationship between cyanobacteria density and toxicity in the water versus the air, and the factors that increase or decrease their aerosolization. I will be investigating the cyanotoxins microcystins, liver toxins, and BMAA, a neurotoxin. This will be an...
My research focuses on the transfer of cyanobacteria toxins from lakes to food plants via direct exposure to lake water at the roots as well as  indirect indirect exposure via aerosolized toxins deposited on plant surfaces.  Specifically, I am focusing on the cyanobacteria toxin Microcystin, a...
Advisor: Dr. Thomas M Davis Research Topic: Genomic and phylogenetic analysis of strawberry species Investigation of the genome composition and phylogeny of species with the Fragaria (strawberry) genus. Genome-wide phylogenetic analyses were performed based on data collected from next generation...