Welcome to the Department of Biology at Texas State University - San Marcos. The Biology Department is a large, multidisciplinary department with many strong research programs that are well funded. We serve about 14,000 students each year in modern facilities with up to date instrumentation emphasizing inquiry-based hands-on instruction. This year Biology has about 1,000 undergraduate majors and 130 graduate (masters and Ph.D.) students.
Our goal is to attain national and international prominence through integrating undergraduate and graduate education with multidisciplinary research programs. Through our educational, scholarship, and outreach activities, the department will enhance the image of Texas State by using the life sciences to help meet the current and future needs of society in Texas, the United States, and the world.
|Dr. Shawn McCracken, post-doctoral researcher, and Dr. Mike Forstner, Professor of Biology, recently presented at the Tropical Forest Research and Education Conference: Yasuni Day in Mindo, Ecuador. Their talk was entitled “Do limited access rainforest oil roads = limited disturbance? Impacts on amphibians of the high canopy and the consequent genetic implications at the landscape scale” and has received considerable media attention about the “most biological diverse” spot on the Earth and the dangers of drilling in this region. For more information about Yasuni and its biodiversity, please click here and here.|
|Nicole Alonso, undergraduate student in (BS) Wildlife Biology, and Lauren Cody, Drew Harvey, Meredith Hominick, Andrea Julian, and Amanda Winn, graduate students in (MS) Wildlife Ecology, were awarded Internships through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture. In 2013, Texas State University was tied with Texas A&M University for the most students selected for internships within Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.|
|Sara Harrod, M.S. (Wildlife Ecology Program) student in the lab of Dr. Clay Green, was awarded a research grant from the North American Bluebird Society for her thesis research entitled The Effects of Landscape Characteristics on Nesting Ecology of Cavity-Nesting Birds.|
|Ruben Tovar, M.S. (Biology) student in the lab of Dr. Dana Garcia was awarded travel funds to attend and present his research entitled “Ocular histology of three south central Texas paedomorphic salamander species; a novel system for the study of evolutionary developmental biology ” at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology/Ocular Cell Biology Conference in Oxford, United Kingdom.|