The UNM Biology Department hosts its 27th Annual Research Days and Open House on Thursday, March 22nd  and Friday, March 23rd.  This annual event is a showcase of student research celebrating discovery and education in the biological sciences.

On Thursday afternoon, March 22, a community lecture entitled “Of mosquitoes and men: modeling the ecology of dengue and Zika viruses” will be given by Dr. Helen Wearing, Associate Professor, Biology [] from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in room 100 of Castetter Hall.  Scholarships will be awarded following Dr. Wearing’s talk and an open house in the Museum of Southwestern Biology (CERIA, Bldg. 83) will begin at 4:45 (refreshments will be provided).

On Friday, March 23, students will present posters and oral presentations from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Castetter Hall. The keynote speaker is Dr. Whendee Silver, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California at Berkeley [].  The title of her talk is “Real world biogeochemistry: the carbon and greenhouse gas dynamics of climate change mitigation using grasslands.”  Dr. Silver’s talk will be held in the Student Union Building (SUB), ballroom B, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Her talk will be followed by a reception and silent auction in SUB ballroom C.

For a complete schedule of events, visit: []. For more information, contact Donna George (505) 277-1715 or email