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Greetings from your UT Campus

I am honored to introduce myself as the new Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology (IB) in the College of Natural Sciences at UT.

My predecessor, Dr. Bob Jansen, served as the Department Chair for 16 years. Because of his strong leadership, we continue to be ranked among the top ten in the areas of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Our faculty counts 36 tenured and tenure-track members, including three members of the National Academy. We have 112 graduate students, and several of them hold prestigious external fellowships such as the NSF graduate research fellowships.

I have been a member of the faculty for 10 years and for the last two years, I have served as the Department's Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education, a position in which I oversaw the department's entire undergraduate teaching mission, including faculty teaching assignments, curriculum development, as well as the department's instructional budget. I received my PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Bochum, Germany, in 1999. For most of my career, however, I have pursued biological and biomedical research. My current research interests include evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, theoretical biochemistry and virology.

Scientists and students in our department carry out cutting-edge research on a broad range of biological topics, from molecules to ecosystems and from mathematical theory to field work in the tropical rain forests.  Some highlights are below.

World-changing research is happening on campus and I am fortunate to be able to lead this incredible department. I believe our continued success will be enhanced through the community of alumni, family and friends staying connected and involved with the Department of Integrative Biology. In the coming months, I will be visiting cities across Texas and I hope to meet you to say "thank you" for your support and advocacy.


Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions.

Claus Wilke


Research Highlights



Professor Larry Gilbert and colleagues have identified and described a novel species of parasite that may hold the key to controlling the invasive crazy ant. Read the full story here.



Professor Mikhail Matz's lab has shown that corals in Australia's Great Barrier Reef are already adapting to warmer sea temperatures. Read the full story here.


Graduate student Amanda Lea and Professor Mike Ryan have shown that female frogs make irrational choices regarding which of two males to mate when presented with a third, clearly inferior male. Read the full story here.



For more news on the department, please visit our departmental news feed. We recently created an IB Twitter account. Follow us!


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Fall 2015 Updates