Who We Are

A note from Dr. Steve Oberbauer, Professor and Chair.

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. We 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, functional morphology, genetics, conservation biology, neurobiology and behavior, evolutionary biology and population genetics, phylogenetics and bioinformatics, physiology, virology, microbiology, and paleobiology. Florida International University is ideally situated for the study of tropical biology and many of our faculty specialize in tropical systems.

The breadth of our approaches to biological problems allows students in our department to benefit from interdisciplinary collaborations with departments throughout the university, including biochemistry and chemistry, forensic science, physics, and engineering. The faculty, staff and students in the Department publish over 100 scientific papers yearly that describe the research funded by over $10M annually in grants and contracts.

Meet Our Faculty Team

Christopher Baraloto

Christopher Baraloto

Associate Professor, Director ICTB

Research

Alejandro Barbieri

Alejandro Barbieri

Associate Professor

Research

Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Professor

Research

Charles Bigger

Charles Bigger

Professor Emeritus

Research

Kristin Bishop

Kristin Bishop

Lecturer
Kevin Boswell

Kevin Boswell

Assistant Professor

Research

Heather Bracken-Grissom

Heather Bracken-Grissom

Assistant Professor

Research

Lisa Brinn

Lisa Brinn

Senior Lecturer
Richard Brinn

Richard Brinn

Senior Lecturer
Demian Chapman

Demian Chapman

Associate Professor

To begin August 2016

Research

Ligia Collado-Vides

Ligia Collado-Vides

Senior Lecturer

Research

Laurel Collins

Laurel Collins

Professor

Research

Timothy Collins

Timothy Collins

Professor

Research

John Cozza

John Cozza

Lecturer
Todd Crowl

Todd Crowl

Professor, Director of SERC

Research

Matthew DeGennaro

Matthew DeGennaro

Assistant Professor

Research

Maureen Donnelly

Maureen Donnelly

Professor & Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, CAS

Research

Jose M. Eirin-Lopez

Jose M. Eirin-Lopez

Assistant Professor

Research

Courtney Eleazer

Courtney Eleazer

Lecturer
Niclas Engene

Niclas Engene

Assistant Professor

Research

Sian Evans

Sian Evans

Lecturer

Research

Kenneth Feeley

Kenneth Feeley

Associate Professor

Research

Jim Fourqurean

Jim Fourqurean

Professor & Director MERC

Research

Javier Francisco-Ortega

Javier Francisco-Ortega

Professor

Research

Evelyn Gaiser

Evelyn Gaiser

Professor, Executive Director of SEAS

Research

Miroslav Gantar

Miroslav Gantar

Senior Lecturer

Research

John Geiger

John Geiger

Lecturer
Walter Goldberg

Walter Goldberg

Professor Emeritus

Research

Alastair Harborne

Alastair Harborne

Assistant Professor

Research

Mike Heithaus

Mike Heithaus

Professor, Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Research

Lou W. Kim

Lou W. Kim

Associate Professor

Research

John Kominoski

John Kominoski

Assistant Professor

Research

Suzanne Koptur

Suzanne Koptur

Professor

Research

Lidia Kos

Lidia Kos

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

Research

Marcy Kravec

Marcy Kravec

Associate Chairperson / Lecturer
Jessica Liberles

Jessica Liberles

Assistant Professor

Research

David W. Lee

David W. Lee

Professor Emeritus

Research

John Makemson

John Makemson

Professor, Undergraduate Program Director

Research

DeEtta Kay Mills

DeEtta Kay Mills

Assistant Professor

Research

Fernando Noriega

Fernando Noriega

Professor

Research

Steven Oberbauer

Steven Oberbauer

Professor & Chair

Research

Yannis Papastamatiou

Yannis Papastamatiou

Assistant Professor

Research

Thomas Pitzer

Thomas Pitzer

Senior Lecturer

Research

Jennifer Richards

Jennifer Richards

Professor

Research

Laurie Richardson

Laurie Richardson

Professor

Research

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty

Assistant Professor

Research

Helena Schmidtmayerova

Helena Schmidtmayerova

Lecturer
Laura Serbus

Laura Serbus

Assistant Professor

Research

Paul Sharp

Paul Sharp

Lecturer
Philip Stoddard

Philip Stoddard

Professor

Research

Jamie Theobald

Jamie Theobald

Assistant Professor

Research

Martin Tracey

Martin Tracey

Professor

Research

Joel Trexler

Joel Trexler

Professor

Research

Maureen Walter

Maureen Walter

Senior Lecturer
Douglas Wartzok

Douglas Wartzok

Professor

Research

Ophelia Weeks

Ophelia Weeks

Professor

Research

Jeffrey Wells

Jeffrey Wells

Associate Professor

Research

John Withey

John Withey

Assistant Professor

Research

Eric Von Wettberg

Eric Von Wettberg

Assistant Professor

Research

Yuying Zhang

Yuying Zhang

Assistant Professor

Research

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