Faculty in the School of Life Sciences conduct research in the following fields:
- Arid Land Ecology And Evolutionary Biology
- Bioinformatics — Bioinformatics is broadly defined as the use of computers to analyze biological data. Bioinformatics research generally focuses on extracting knowledge from large datasets, such as genome sequences, profiling experiments, or population statistics. It is related to and partially overlaps with biocomputing, biostatistics, and mathematical biology.
- Biomathematics — Biology is ungergoing a revolution, a revolution brought about by the increasing role of mathematics in studies of biological systems. Mathematics also will be enriched by its exposure to the intricacies and complexities of biological systems.
- Global Climate Change
- Microbiology — Microbiology is the study of single-celled organisms and non-living infectious particles (e.g. viruses and prions). Despite their small size, microorganisms make up about 50 percent of the Earth’s biomass. Microbes inhabited the planet long before plants, animals, and fungi, so it is therefore not surprising that microbes carry out key roles in the biogeochemical cycles and have major impacts on human and animal health. Today, microbes are used in a wide variety of industries.
- Plant Stress Physiology
- Systematics and Biogeography