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Biology

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biological Sciences

Our M.S. program offers post-baccalaureate training to students interested in a wide variety of biological topics.  The program features a classroom curriculum that provides a strong theoretical background and also focuses on the research experience.  Students will conduct original research and prepare a thesis on any of a variety of topics selected by consultation with our faculty.

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Program Goals

  • Provide a knowledge base in the biological sciences that is deeper than the typical undergraduate experience.
  • Foster participation in the production of biological knowledge through high quality research.
  • Instill outstanding research skills and a working knowledge of the scientific method by participation in high-quality research.
  • Develop outstanding scientific communication skills through written and oral presentations.

Four Plus One Program

Our new Four Plus One Program enables you to complete your M.S. degree in one year, instead of the traditional two, if you earn a 3.5 GPA or higher from UNE’s undergraduate program in Biological Sciences, and receive sponsorship from a faculty member. More details coming in the 2014-15 Catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate expertise in their thesis research field
  2. Students will develop their written and oral communication skills
  3. Students will have mastery of the core knowledge and fundamental principals of the Biological Sciences
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of research design and have the ability to carry out a research project

Curriculum

M.S. Biological Sciences: See the Catalog for more information on the curriculum.

Contact

Stine Brown, Chair,
Department of Biological Sciences
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 602- 2462
sbrown@une.edu

(For information on UNE's M.S. in Marine Sciences, see the Department of Marine Sciences.)

 

Faculty

A. Christine Brown

Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Biology
A. Christine Brown

Morgane Hall 106
Phone: 207-602-2617
Fax: 207 602-5973
Email: sbrown@une.edu

Expertise
Osmotic and ionic regulation and metabolism of crustaceans and fish; physiological ecology of marine invertebrates and fish; respiratory physiology, developmental biology; examination of effects of diet on metabolism and development of juvenile lobsters; examination of development of osmoregulation in decapod crustaceans and Arctic charr.

Research Interests/ Scholarship
Osmotic and ionic regulation and metabolism of crustaceans and fish; physiological ecology of marine invertebrates and fish; respiratory physiology, developmental biology; examination of effects of diet on metabolism and development of juvenile lobsters; examination of development of osmoregulation in decapod crustaceans and Arctic charr.

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Geoffrey K. Ganter

Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Geoffrey K. Ganter

Morgane Hall 104
Alfond Center 238 - Laboratory
Phone: 207-602-2126
Fax: 207-602-5956
Email: gganter@une.edu

Expertise
Neuroscience, Neurogenetics, Neurobiology, Molecular biology, Cell biology, Drosophila, Genetics, Behavior, Steroids, Nociception, Pain sensitization

Research Interests/ Scholarship
Neurobiology of nociception.

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Lei Lei

Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Lei  Lei

Morgane Hall 009
Stella Maris 208
Phone: 207-602-2353
Fax: 207-602-5956
Email: LLei@une.edu

Expertise
neuroscience, developmental biology, molecular biology, sensory neurons, neural stem cells, transgenic mice.

Research Interests/ Scholarship
sensory neuron and pain, neural stem cells and neurological disorders.

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Ursula S.R. Röse

Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ursula S.R. Röse

Morgane Hall 105
Phone: 207-602-2417
Fax: 207- 602-5956
Email: uroese@une.edu

Expertise
Chemical Ecology; plant-insect and plant-microbe interactions; multitrophic interactions; plant volatile organic compounds (VOC); terpenes; plant defenses; induced compounds in algae.

Research Interests/ Scholarship
Induced plant defenses in response to biotic stress; induced defenses in algae

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David A. Sandmire

M.D., M.A.
Professor
David A. Sandmire

Morgane Hall 103
Phone: 207-602-2849
Fax: 207-602-5956
Email: dsandmire@une.edu

Expertise
Physiology, pathophysiology, neuroscience, cardiovascular physiology; impact of learning style on collaborative problem-solving.

Research Interests/ Scholarship
Dave has investigated the impact of matching vs. mismatching individual Kolb learning styles on collaborative problem-solving. In a related project, he has published collaborative case studies for McGraw-Hill's on-line biology learning site. He has also co-authored a book that educates the general public about how to best maintain one's health in the changing healthcare arena, and has investigated the cardiovascular effects of purposeful vs. rote exercise in collaboration with Dr. Jane O'Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L in UNE's Occupational Therapy program.

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Steven Edward Travis

Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Steven Edward Travis

Morgane Hall 120
Phone: 207-602-2715
Fax: 207-602-5956
Email: stravis@une.edu

Expertise
Molecular ecology; population, community, and landscape genetics

Research Interests/ Scholarship
Investigations of the interactive effects of genotypic and species diversity on the emergent properties of biological communities; GIS-based approaches to understanding landscape features limiting gene flow and constraining evolutionary trajectories in species comprising distinct ecological guilds; molecular marker-based assessments of population structure and adaptive evolutionary potential, inbreeding/outbreeding depression, and mutational load as a function of genetic diversity; the role of heterosis/hybridization in population persistence/extinction; population estimation by non-invasive genotyping; molecular characterizations of invasive genotypes.

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Gregory P. Zogg

Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Gregory P. Zogg

Phone: 207-602-2884
Email: gzogg@une.edu

Expertise
Terrestrial and wetland plant ecology; soil microbiology and plant physiology; carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry.

Research Interests/ Scholarship
Primary research interests are in the effects of human-induced environmental change on the biogeochemistry of forests and saline, tidal wetlands (i.e., marshes and mangroves),

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