Pearson Entrance Area
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Pearson Hall
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In the Department of Biology, one of the largest departments at Miami University, our teaching and research span fields of study ranging from molecular to global biology. We offer a B.A. and B.S. in Biology, Botany, and Zoology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biology and Botany. Biology also participates in interdepartmental graduate programs in Cellular, Structural, and Molecular Biology (CMSB) as well as Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.

Note to Prospective Students

If you are an admitted or prospective student and would like to speak with a faculty adviser in biology, send an email to or leave a phone message at 513-529-3100. Leave us your contact information and your area of interest, and we'll arrange a video, voice or email conversation with a faculty adviser in your area of interest.

Faculty Spotlight

In the past two years, we have hired four new assistant professors in biology.

  • Rob Baker is a plant evolutionary developmental biologist who studies the genetic and developmental basis of the diverse plant morphologies exhibited by Brassica rapa (cabbages, turnips, bok choy).
  • Tereza Jezkova is a global change biologist interested in the genetic basis of evolutionary change underlying shifts in ecological niches and geographic ranges of vertebrates and other organisms.
  • Meixia Zhao studies comparative and functional genomics of crop plants, including soybeans and maize.
  • Jonathan Bauer is a plant ecologist studying plant interactions with soil microorganisms and their roles in agricultural and restoration ecology.

All four are up and running in their teaching and research, and already have several students involved in their research labs, which will be newly renovated by Fall 2019.