Department of Biological Sciences
  • Ichneumonid Wasp

    Ichneumonid Wasp-Common Parasitoid of Native Blue Cactus Borer Larvae

  • Water Lilies

    Water Lilies at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2014

    Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2014

  • Sipsey Trip

    Overnight field trip to Sipsey Wilderness Area

  • Cyclura carinata

    Tagged male Cyclura carinata, Turks & Caicos

  • New Genus of Eukaryotic Microbe: Pygsuia biforma
  • Native Blue on Prickly Pear

    Native Blue Cactus Borer Caterpillar Emerging from Prickly Pear

Departmental News

(2014-09-24) Dr. Heather Jordan Receives NIJ Grant in Excess of $800,000 - Dr. Heather Jordan, Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences since August of this year, has received a National Institute of Justice award in the amount of $843,376. Her 3-year project, Utilization of Microbial Structure and Function in Investigations of Criminal Justice, begins January 2015.

Studies funded by the grant will describe how bacteria residing in a living host react and translocate after death of the host. Identifying specific microbial taxa or metabolic signatures during host decomposition stages have potential application for use in quantifiable, precise measurements of post-mortem interval in death investigations.

Dr. Jordan has made a great start at MSU and we are so glad that she is a member of the Biological Sciences Department!

(2014-09-03) Biological Sciences Ph.D. Student Selected for Prestigious D.C. Program - Carter Holland, Ph.D. student conducting research under the direction of Dr. James Stewart, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, has been selected for the 2014 Student/Postdoc Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

Please follow the link below for the full story.

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(2014-08-29) Three Generations at MSU - Margarita Baquero, Biological Sciences Ph.D. student, is the third member of her family to come to Mississippi State from Ecuador to study and teach. Ms. Baquero conducts her Ph.D. research under Dr. Brian Counterman, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.

See related article on page 22 in benefacta. Link below.
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(2014-08-28) 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award - Dr. Gary Ervin, Professor of Biological Sciences, recently received the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award. The award, sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association and Office of the Graduate School, is made to a member of the MSU faculty based on well-documented examples of the highest dedication to graduate students while serving as an outstanding mentor.

A mentor can be a major advisor or a member of a graduate committee, but being an outstanding mentor is much more than simply advising. A mentor provides wisdom, technical knowledge, assistance, support, encouragement, empathy and respect throughout, and most probably beyond, your graduate career. A graduate student reaps exceptional benefits from the mentor’s support, skills, wisdom and coaching. Mentoring also brings to a graduate student an understanding how his/her distinctive skills and ambitions fit into the opportunities offered by a graduate education. The mentor emphasizes the importance of scholarship, and university life and offers guidance in career choices.

In depth story on page 16 of benefacta (MSU Graduate School magazine). Link follows.

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Contact Info

Department of Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mailstop: 9536
Mail: PO Box GY

TEL: 662.325.3120
FAX: 662.325.7939

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The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University is home to 25 instructors and tenure-track faculty and more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students. We offer three B.S. degrees (Biological Sciences, Microbiology, and Medical Technology) and three graduate degrees (an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in General Biology, a distance program for science teachers).

Research in the Department represents the breadth of the Biological Sciences, including work in Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Our faculty have received research funding from all major federal funding agencies, as well as many state and private funding sources, and we have nationally respected faculty in each of the major research disciplines named above.

We invite you to browse the information provided here and to contact any of us with questions you may have about our work or potential studies in Biology at MSU.