About Us

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to educate broadly trained life scientists; to carry out basic and applied biological research; to disseminate the results of our research; and to provide meaningful service to the university, local community and global community.

Department of Biological Sciences

School of Environment, Arts and Society.
Situated in South Florida, gateway to the tropics, and surrounded by the Florida Everglades and diverse marine environments, the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University offers a unique combination of living laboratories and access to biodiversity.

With more than 50 core faculty, the department is research-intensive with funding in grants and contracts worth more than $10 million annually. Biological Sciences faculty conduct research on all seven continents and in cutting-edge research labs. Research from these labs has a global impact on some of the world’s most pressing issues.

The research interests of our faculty span many levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems, and include both field- and laboratory-based studies in marine, terrestrial and freshwater environments. Faculty in the department address basic biological questions about how organisms work, how they develop, how they interact with other organisms and their environments, and how they have evolved over time.

Active areas of research include cell and molecular biology, ecology, climate change, functional morphology, genetics, conservation biology and biodiversity, neurobiology and behavior, evolutionary biology and population genetics, phylogenetics and bioinformatics, physiology, virology, microbiology, and paleobiology. Many of our faculty specialize in tropical systems, including tropical ecosystems and tropical diseases.

About the College of Arts & Sciences

As the heart of a leading public research university, the College of Arts & Sciences plays a vital role in the intellectual, cultural and civic life of local, national and international communities. The college provides an educational foundation that prepares FIU students to be successful and engaged citizens in a global society.

About the School of Environment, Arts and Society

By bringing together the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) is transforming the way we conduct research, educate students and engage the community. Because the world’s environmental challenges are multi-dimensional, the school’s revolutionary approach to a full spectrum education will ensure our students become innovative leaders of the 21st century. SEAS includes three signature departments: Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, and English. The school also houses many of FIU’s prominent centers and programs.