Biology Student Research

Students pursuing any of the degrees offered through the Department of Biology have opportunities to conduct biological research. They may assist with ongoing research or pursue their own lines of inquiry with close guidance of biology faculty.

UT marine science majors have played important roles in influential research dealing with marine ecology in Tampa Bay, coral growth and survival, parasites of marine organisms and invasive marine species. Students not only receive academic credit for their involvement, but many present their findings in scientific publications and international and national conferences.

These projects often result in manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals and oral presentations or posters at professional scientific meetings. A number of formal courses are available to facilitate and formalize this process, including Independent Study (BIO 495) and Biology Research (BIO 450 or 440). All of these courses offer valuable hands-on learning experiences that help students build a foundation of knowledge based on real-world experiences. Please refer to the UT catalog for details. Students can also assist faculty with their research on an informal basis.

Professional Presentations and Posters by UT Biology Students
View some of the accomplishments of UT students at professional scientific meetings, symposia, and seminars.

Biology Summer Research Fellowship

Exceptional UT Biology students have the opportunity to obtain up to $3,000 in funding for faculty-led summer research. This program exposes students to grant writing and provides real experience in all the aspects of biological research, including defining the question, determining the study methods, analyzing data, and culminating in an oral presentation and scientific manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Proposals are due in March.

Past Biology Summer Research Fellows include:
2004: Jaquelyn Guzy (Advisor: Dr. Campbell): Long-Term Monitoring of Amphibian Populations in Hydrologically Altered Wetlands in Hillsborough County: Tampa, FL.

2005: Beatrice Buckingham (Advisor: Dr. Campbell): Documenting Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) abundance and impacts in a local nature preserve using PVC pipe refugia.

2007: Sarah Bell (Advisor: Dr. Campbell): Using skeletochronology to determine population demography of introduced Nile monitors (Varanus niloticus) in Florida.

2007: Emily Rose (Advisor: Dr. Masonjones):

2008: Jonathan Ipock (Advisor: Dr. Campbell): Management Implications of the Effects of Habitat on Tree Frog Presence and Abundance within Wetlands.

2008: Keil Brinster (Advisor: Dr. Bellone)