News & Announcements

IDGP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Interdepartmental Graduate Programs in Life Sciences (IDGPs) believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment is critical to all that we do.  We recognize that systemic racism exists in our society and we pledge to educate ourselves so that we can change our ingrained habits and beliefs. We are committed to make our programs accessible to all and to increase the success of all our members. We dedicate our time, effort and financial resources to these activities. We work with Institutional leaders, faculty, staff and students to achieve these goals. We are providing this pdf link so that you are able to view a working document of our activities. 

We are proud of our amazing students and post docs who have worked tirelessly for the betterment of our community. Our students have fostered a tight-knit, progressive community and their recent efforts have resulted in this petition for systematic change.  We stand with them in recognizing that change is required in order to make progress toward a more equitable, just, diverse and inclusive environment. 

The University has established an Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and their website provides links to many resources. We encourage you to make use of these tools, including links to videos, books and podcasts as well as programing, as we embark together on our journey to improve our community for all our members.  

ASN Announces Dr. Kiers Winner of the 2021 E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award

Dr. Toby Kiers

Former OEB Darwin Fellow, Toby Kiers, has won the EO Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists. During her time at UMass, Dr. Kiers worked with Dr. Lynn Adler to ask how plant hormones mediate characteristics of above and belowground mutualisms. She is currently University Research Chair and Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Read more

Bethany Bradley and co-authors win the Mercer Award!


Bethany Bradley was the lead author on a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USADisentangling the abundance–impact relationship for invasive species, which won this year's George Mercer Award from ESA. This award recognizes an outstanding, recently published, ecological research paper. OEB's Brit Laginhas was also an author on this paper. Congratulations!!

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD thesis defense

Abby Vander Linden
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
2:00 PM (EST)

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD thesis defense

Joshua Moyer

Joshua K. Moyer
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
10:00 AM

Seanne Clemente Awarded the National Garden Club of America Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

Seanne Clemente

Seanne Clemente has been awarded the National Garden Club of America Centennial Pollinator Fellowship for his research to study self-medication in bumble bees and the use of potentially medicinal floral volatiles from basil plants.

Eve Beaury to receive the 2021 Ecological Society of America’s Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award

Eve Beaury

Eve Beaury (PhD candidate) is one of 22 students nationwide to receive the 2021 Ecological Society of America’s Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award. This award provides graduate students with the opportunity to receive policy and communication training, including learning about the federal legislative process and science funding, hearing from ecologists working in federal agencies, and meeting with their Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Aaron Grade Selected as Finalist for a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Dr. Aaron Grade

OEB alumnus Dr. Aaron Grade was selected to be a finalist for a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. These nationally competitive fellowships provide opportunities for scholars to learn first-hand about federal policy making and to apply their expertise to addressing societal challenges. Aaron is currently a postdoc at Clark University. Once matched with a federal agency in April, he will begin his fellowship position in September 2021. Congratulations, Aaron!

Katie Schroeder's Latest Findings about Zebra Finch Nestlings

OEB student, Katie Schroeder's latest findings have been published in Developmental Neurobiology showing that zebra finch nestlings have auditory neurons that can already process and store songs like adults. Katie is a member of the Healey Lab at UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Life Sciences Junior Fellows Seminar with Dr. Jeffrey Karp

The Junior Fellows program has invited Dr. Jeffrey Karp to give a talk on Thursday, November 12, 2020. 

Title: Towards Accelerated Medical Innovation.
Time: 5-6PM

To register to attend, please click HERE