Biology & Marine Biology

About Us


The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW strives to train the next generation of scientists and educators, and prepare all students to make sound judgments based on a solid foundation of biological principles. Our department focuses on four particular ideals:

  • Coupling excellent teaching with diverse research opportunities
  • Emphasizing current theories of Biological Science, knowledge of basic investigative skills, and methods of critical inquiry
  • Centering our research programs the biological phenomena that impact life in our region and beyond
  • Lending our professional expertise to all endeavors that work for the improvement of our environment and the human condition

We believe the importance of modern biological principles must transcend the university classroom and enable our students to contribute as global citizens.


DoboHall.jpgUndergraduate courses are taught mostly in the Dobo and Friday Halls. These facilities include state-of-the-art lecture halls, teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and a computer lab. Many faculty members have their offices and research laboratories in these buildings as well.

The Department of Biology and Marine Biology also has extensive facilities in the Center for Marine Science located a short distance from the campus. Facilities at the Center for Marine Science include a classroom, a large teaching laboratory, aquarium and collection rooms, and smaller laboratories for student research. In addition, some Biology and Marine Biology faculty members have their offices and laboratory space at CMS.

KresgeGreehouse2.jpgThe department maintains a 2250-square-foot greenhouse, a vertebrate range, and a herbarium. The Kresge Greenhouse provides facilities for faculty and student research projects and for laboratory exercises. The vertebrate range allows preparation and storage of vertebrate research and teaching collections. The herbarium is the repository for dried collections of algae, fungi, bryophytes and vascular plants. The function and activities of the herbarium include documentation of the vegetation of the regions in which the specimens are collected, serving as a source of teaching and research material and serving as a source of information to persons interested in the identification of plants.

Classroom and laboratory instruction is supplemented by field trips to adjacent oceanic, estuarine and terrestrial natural laboratories, including the Bluthenthal Wildflower Preserve and the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve.

The Richard M. Dillaman Bioimaging Facility at UNCW is a student-centered facility that serves all departments across the College of Arts and Sciences at UNCW. The facility is located in Dobo Hall in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology Department and supports a wide portfolio of faculty research from neuroscience to geoscience. The facility is dedicated to teaching and training that underpins undergraduate applied learning and graduate research.  The facility runs courses in electron microscopy and bioimaging for credit, and research students are also individually trained in every aspect of sample preparation and equipment operation in order to independently conduct their imaging research.

Contact Information

For answers to advising questions, please visit our advising webpage. You may also contact our Academic Advising Coordinator, Shea Huse.

For questions or requests concerning any of the graduate programs in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology please e-mail the Graduate Administrative Associate, Lisa Noah, at

Also, please take a look at the Biology Graduate Student Association.

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Mailing Address:

Department of Biology and Marine Biology
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Road
 Dobo Hall 1010
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5915


910.962.4066 (fax)