Research, both basic and applied, is an important endeavor expected of all tenured or tenure-track faculty in the sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. UCD is rated as a Research Intensive institution. As the name "Integrative Biology" implies, research areas of faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology cover all levels of organization in biology, ranging from studies at the cell and molecular level to studies at the organismic, population, and ecosystem level, with many faculty studying systems with multiple levels of organization or complexity. Current research programs in Integrative Biology reflect these different biological levels; examples include studies of gene expression and developmental biology, the use of bacteria for bioremediation, regulation of behavior in ant colonies, construction of artificial aquatic ecosystems, the biogeography of plant groups, tracking migration in birds using stable isotopes, studies of prairie dog colonies, and the conservation of high elevation forests (Faculty Profiles).
Faculty in Integrative Biology accomplish research working independently, but also in collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students and colleagues at both UCD campuses (Downtown Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus), as well as researchers at other universities, government agencies, private industry and nonprofit organizations. Studies are conducted in the laboratory and/or at field locations, both inside and outside of Colorado. Faculty present their research findings in multiple forms, such as talks and posters at professional meetings and at workshops, conferences and invited seminars. Of greatest importance are papers published in peer-reviewed journals, books, conference proceedings and other formats.
Funding sources for faculty include regional or federal funding agencies, particularly the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Other funding sources represented in the department include the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as nonprofit foundations.
Many faculty within the Department of Integrative Biology have achieved national and international reputations for their research. Students who are interested in research opportunities in collaboration with faculty should consult Research Faculty profiles to find out the kinds of studies currently under investigation. Faculty always welcome conversations with students interested in their research programs.