Graduate Course in Biological Resilience: BIO 263 Special Topics (Spring 2021)

Biological systems are dynamic, but inherently stable within bounds. This applies across the levels of biological organization; but, these bounds can change across time (such as seasonally), or with developmental stage, so they are not static. However, within normal bounds, biological systems can resist change caused by external forces, and they are resilient – that is, they can recovery from perturbations, or disturbances. Resilience is pervasive in living systems, but many important problems in biological resilience remain unresolved.  Our goal in this seminar is to explore resilience in biological systems at multiple levels of biological organization.

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Graduate Resilience Fellowships

To apply to one of our BRII Fellowships, follow the instructions here. Students who plan to apply should inform Elizabeth Crone by email by 1 April, 2021 so that we can plan for an appropriate number and distribution of reviewers for applications to this program.

Four, one-semester BRII fellowships will provide RA support to Ph.D. students during the 2021-2022 academic year.  Students on these RA-ships will conduct integrative research projects on biological resilience, participate in monthly meetings with other BRII fellows throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, and contribute to writing an essay about their experiences doing cross-disciplinary work within Biology.  Fellows should identify two sponsors for their project; one is probably their Ph.D. advisor and the other from a different subdiscipline within biology). 

As a guide to “integrative research”, projects will span topics covered by two NSF clusters (subcategories in the following list).  Priority may be given to projects that span multiple NSF Divisions within Biology.  For reference, these are:

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • Cellular Dynamics & Function
  • Genetic Mechanisms
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Systems & Synthetic Biology

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

  • Behavioral Systems
  • Developmental Systems
  • Neural Systems
  • Physiological & Structural Systems

Division of Environmental Biology

  • Ecosystem Science
  • Evolutionary Processes
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Systematics & Biodiversity