Video presentation of the 2020 Biology graduates at The George Washington University Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Lill presents the names of awards winners and all of our graduates, while other faculty members also share their congratulation messages with the Class of 2020.
As the coronavirus turned New York hospitals into crisis zones, Doctors Luke Fey, BS ’13, and Alexandra Cummings, BS ’14, put themselves in harm’s way to confront a global medical emergency. “We’ve rallied together to fight the virus,” said Cummings, a pediatric resident at Cohen Children's Medical Center. “This is something we’ll remember forever and — cross your fingers — never face again.”
Professor of Biology John Lill and his researchers collect roughly 3,000 caterpillars each summer to study the relationship between the herbivore diet and survival. Caterpillars are susceptible to parasitoid insects like bees and wasps, and their place in the ecological structure can affect much larger organisms like the nearly wiped-out American chestnut tree[KB1] .
Phoebe Elizaga, BS ’20, embarked on a six-day trek with fellow students to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and raise money for childhood cancer research. The biology major hiked through five different ecosystems, from rainforest to alpine desert to arctic snowcap, along the journey to scale the 19,341-foot mountain.
Ruth Weintraub Professor of Biology Gustavo Hormiga’s lab includes several PhD students in biology. Hormiga takes regular expeditions to study spiders in the Juan Fernandez Islands off the coast of Chile. Since 2013, Hormiga has discovered 11 new spider species on the islands. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, BBC News and Science and received a $422,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.