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Biological and Environmental Sciences

Biology Office:
Sci Bldg 220
Dept Secretary
Eliamar Gonzalez
203-837-8791 or by e-mail.

Biology Office Hours:
Mon 9 – 1
Tues 10 – 2
Wed 10 – 2
Thurs 10 – 2
Fri (remote) 10 – 2

Biology Chair
Theodora Pinou
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Welcome to the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.  We are a community of scholars and teachers and students committed to learn, research, and collaborate across a spectrum of disciplines in the life sciences.  Our undergraduate and graduate students go on to careers ranging from teaching, biotech, medicine, and environmental conservation, to name a few. Become a part of our exciting program.

Upcoming Events

Department Seminar Series

We are excited to share our Spring 2021 lineup of speakers for our dept. seminars!  Stay tuned for details…and if you’re interested in being added to our email list about upcoming seminars, please email Eliamar Gonzalez (posted 1-7-20)

Senior Research Presentations
BIO 480 students investigated factors that affect Culex mosquito egg-laying behavior and development into adults. Join us to learn what they discovered. Friday, Dec 4 at 10:00 AM via WebEx. Contact Dr. Connally for details. (posted 12-2-20)

Fall 2020 Regional Lakes Symposia

A Fall Science at Night seminar series for anyone interested in lake conservation and management. Monday, Nov 30, 7-9pm “Best Practices for Managing Aquatic Plants and HABs.”. Register for the live virtual seminar here. (posted 11-5-20)


NEW Student Job Opportunity in Biology department
Learn more and apply today

Biology Club is welcoming new members. For details, check out the club webpage or contact its adviser, Dr. Ed Wong.

Herpetology Club is welcoming new members. For details, check out the club webpage or contact its adviser, Dr. Theodora Pinou.

Department News

WCSU welcomes Dr. Carlos Santibanez-Lopez and Dr. Rayda Krell.  Learn more about our two new faculty members here. (posted 1-12-2021)

Graduate students in action: Check out this recent Hamlethub article featuring WCSU Biology MS in Integrated Biological Diversity students learning about limnology with Professor Larry Marsicano. (posted 1-4-2021)

WCSU Biology in our community: Check out this recent Wilton Bulletin article about summer work restoring riverweed being conducted by Dr. Tom Philbrick and MS Student Kelly Nealon.  This project is being conducted in partnership with the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited. (posted 6-10-20)

Congratulations to Dr. Neeta Connally for being awarded the CSU Board of Regents Faculty Research Award for WCSU AND ALSO the CSU Board of Regents System-Wide Research Award! Learn more about Dr. Connally’s tickborne disease ecology and prevention research here. (posted 6-2-20)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) 

Congratulations to our 2020 SURF students, Emily Hoegler and JD Hannon! Emily plans to work with Dr. Cordeira to investigate how the neurotransmitter dopamine is involved in exercise and food intake in mice which has important implications for human health and disease.  JD will be working with Dr. Monette to examine the impacts of multiple environmental stressors such as temperature and salinity on gene expression in the gills of Atlantic killifish, which has important implications for the impacts of climate change on the distribution and abundance of estuarine fishes.  JD also received a CT Sea Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship for this work.  Way to go! (posted 5-11-20, updated 6-10-20)

NEW MS in Integrative Biological Diversity Program
Learn more about our new Master’s degree program here.

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Recent Faculty and Student Publications and Presentations

Congratulations to Jacob Bethin (WCSU Biology Ecological Sciences, ’21) who presented his SURF project at the 2020 virtual Entomological Society of America annual meeting.  For his project, mentored by Dr. Connally, Jacob investigated the role of songbirds in the eastern US as possible hosts for the exotic Asian longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis. (posted 1-11-2021).

Dr. Neeta Connally presented her research about integrated backyard tick management at the New Tick Threats and Control Tactics national webinar hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency Center for Integrated Pest Management, in February 2020. (posted 5-11-20)

Dr. Theodora Pinou co-authored “Spatial distribution of epibionts on olive ridley sea turtles at Playa Ostional, Costa Rica” in PLoS ONE 14(9): e0218838. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0218838. (posted 5-11-20)

Dr. Thomas Philbrick co-authored “Plastid Genomes of Five Species of Riverweeds (Podostemaceae): Structural Organization and Comparative Analysis in Malpighiales” in Frontiers in Plant Science 10. Article 1035. DOI 0.3389/fpls.2019.01035. (posted 5-11-20)

Dr. Theodora Pinou led a symposium, “Exemplary Practices in Herpetological Education” at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in July, 2020. (posted 08-25-19)

Jenny Kry (Biology ’18) and her faculty advisor, Dr. Joshua Cordeira, have published an article, Binge-eating Behavior in Socially Isolated Female Mice” in the Journal of Young Investigators (JYI), based on her Advanced Sr. Research project. (posted 12-06-18)


Graduation 2020
A Virtual Celebration of our 2020 Biology Graduates
Watch the video