Biology

Investigate. Observe. Experiment.

Explore a wide range of fundamental biological questions whose answers will help us better understand the complexity of God’s living world.

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Alumni Highlight: Brian Lee

Brian Lee (’12) graduated from PUC with a degree in biology and used it to teach high school science and track gorillas in Rwanda, study forestry at Yale, and land a job predicting global deforestation for NASA.

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Faculty Highlight: Dr. Floyd Hayes

Dr. Floyd Hayes, professor of biology, specializes in the ecology, behavior and biogeography of Neotropical birds. He has published more than 100 technical articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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Alumni Highlight: Dustin Baumbach

Dustin Baumbach (‘12) researches hawksbill sea turtles at California State University-San Bernardino. He has helped develop a mobile app for tourists, scuba divers, and other researchers to quickly and easily report hawksbill sightings, which contributes to turtle research.

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Angwin, CA 94508

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The biology program is extremely engaging. From the Bioneers mentorship program to Albion trips and other excursions. These moments provide us with the opportunity to bond with our peers and faculty members. The professors truly care about our well-being and they enjoy getting to know us on a personal level. I chose PUC to pursue my passion in biology because of the size of the department. I knew there would be plenty of opportunities to participate while still maintaining a significant presence on campus.

- Drielly Martins

Conservation and Technological Innovation: Dr. Scott Butterfield’s Lecture Series on the Future of Conservation Biology

Conservation and Technological Innovation: Dr. Scott Butterfield’s Lecture Series on the Future of Conservation Biology

December 13, 2019

Scott Butterfield, a senior scientist with The Nature Conservancy, conducted a series of four lectures throughout the quarter at Pacific Union College, sharing his passion for conservation with the college’s department of biology. His last lecture, titled, “Training the Conservation Scientist for the Next Generation,” included a distillation of new technologies and avenues of inquiry in the field of conservation. 


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Living Demonstration: Student-Planned Native Plant Garden Installed in Angwin

Living Demonstration: Student-Planned Native Plant Garden Installed in Angwin

December 6, 2018

In fall 2017, Aimee Wyrick, chair of the department of biology at Pacific Union College, received a phone call from Nancy Lecourt, academic dean and vice president for academic administration. She invited Wyrick to meet her outside the Angwin Post Office. 

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BIOneers: PUC’s Department of Biology Establishes Unique Mentorship Program

BIOneers: PUC’s Department of Biology Establishes Unique Mentorship Program

August 14, 2018

It started as a conversation between senior biology majors one day during class. Aimee Wyrick, chair of the department of biology and the class’ professor, put down her lecture notes and looked each student in the eye. 

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Blazing a New Trail: Biology faculty and biochem student partner on original research

Blazing a New Trail: Biology faculty and biochem student partner on original research

July 18, 2018

For three months of the year, two small fields in the popular Napa Valley resort town of Calistoga blossom with tiny white flowers known as the Calistoga Popcorn Flower. These two fields are the only known location of this flower in the world, which explains its presence on the list of endangered plants.

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SPARKing Kids’ Scientific Interest

SPARKing Kids’ Scientific Interest

March 7, 2018

Last school year, Pacific Union College English and pre-med major Laurel Kwon and fellow honors student Jeff Richards worked together on a project. They visited Foothills Elementary School just a few minutes from campus and demonstrated some chemistry experiments.

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PUC holds annual Math & Science Workshop

PUC holds annual Math & Science Workshop

February 28, 2018

The workshop has been taking place for over 50 years, but has recently been overhauled based on feedback from teachers and students. 

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