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Newsletter 2017

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Erin Aiello maneuvering a boat

Students Awarded NSF Research Fellowships

Two students, Erin Aiello and Heather Neldner, were awarded National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships, a prestigious award that will fund three years of their graduate education.

A couple Cook Pines bending

Do Cook Pines Pine for the Equator?

In an article in the journal Ecology, Matt Ritter and Jenn Yost reveal a novel behavior of the Cook pine — it always leans toward the equator.

Read more about the Cook Pines ›

A Weddell seal pup

Cute and Cold: Studying Seal Pups in Antarctica 

A team of Cal Poly students and professors is finishing up a 10-week Antarctic research expedition studying the physiology of Weddell seal pups.

Read more about the team's expedition ›


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Letter from the Department Chair

Ken HillersNew department chair Ken Hillers takes a look back at 2017 and finds that Cal Poly Bio had another top-notch year.​

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Resilient Algae May Help Abalone During Ocean Acidification

An Abalone with algae on itNew research from Cal Poly and California Sea Grant sounds a hopeful note for the resilience of California abalone in the face of ocean acidification. The study, conducted by Cal Poly biologist Jennifer O’Leary, focuses on crustose coralline algae and their effects on abalone’s ability to reproduce. 

Read more about coralline algae 


Cal Poly Researchers Map Bird Deaths from Window Collisions

A Yellowthroat bird on a stickCal Poly students joined an international team of researchers to determine how different buildings and landscaping contribute to bird deaths due to window collisions.

Read more about window collisions ›


Keeling Named Outstanding Faculty Advisor

An Abalone with algae on itElena Keeling was recognized by President Armstrong for her efforts to help students succeed academically and personally. Students and staff praised Keeling’s approachability, compassion and strong commitment to student success.

Read more about Keeling 


Bio Major Tops CSU Research Competition

A Yellowthroat bird on a stickJohn Stepanek, a senior, earned first place in the undergraduate Biological and Agricultural Sciences category at the 31st annual California State University Student Research Competition. His work focused on the effects of elevated corticosterone, a stress hormone, on color in Southern Pacific rattlesnakes.

Read more about Stepanek's success ›


Thank You to Our Generous Donors

Thank you to all the alumni, parents, friends, private businesses, foundations and organizations that donated to the Biological Sciences Department. Private support helps provide exceptional Learn by Doing opportunities for today’s students. 

View the list of donors ›

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