Boston University has a world-class program in marine biology that is active in training students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Marine Biology research group includes professors who are leaders in their subdisciplines, including evolutionary and conservation genetics of marine organisms, sensory biology, ichthyology, evolution and development of marine organisms, marine microbial ecology, marine community ecology, and marine conservation science.
Marine Biology faculty and their students are actively engaged in such exciting research topics as biomimicry, functional genomics, ocean exploration, and marine conservation, and are working at the cutting edge of scientific efforts to combat overfishing, global climate change, and marine species extinction. Our research is strengthened by close ties between Biology faculty and colleagues from the Department of Earth & Environment. In addition, both faculty and students enjoy the benefits of Boston University’s formal partnerships with the New England Aquarium, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the Sea Education Association, and a variety of government and non-governmental marine conservation organizations.
Faculty with Related Research
Irit Altman, Research Assistant Professor of Biology; Visiting Fellow, The Pardee Center for the Longer Range Future at Boston University
marine ecology, benthic systems, salt marshes, ecosystem-based management, ecosystem services, coupled human and natural systems
Jelle Atema, Professor of Biology; Adjunct Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
sensory biology, chemical signals, receptor physiology, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, biomimetic robotics
John R. Finnerty, Associate Professor of Biology
evolution of development, developmental genetics, phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, invertebrate zoology; coral conservation.
Robinson W. Fulweiler, Associate Professor of Biology (jointly with Earth & Environment)
Biogeochemistry and Marine Ecology