The Department of Integrative Biology debuted at MSU in 2015. We are building for the future on solid foundations created by the former Department of  Zoology. The research, teaching and outreach missions of Integrative Biology focus on developing an integrative understanding of how complex biological systems evolve, develop, function, interact and respond to environmental change. The systems we study span the entire tree of life at all levels of biological organization, ranging from molecules to entire ecosystems and they change over time scales ranging from milliseconds to millennia. Our research, teaching, and outreach serve national needs related to sustainable biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human and animal health in a changing world.  

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Portrait of Thomas Getty, Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology Department at Michigan State University


Thomas Getty
Chair, Department of Integrative Biology
Professor, Kellogg Biological Station
Michigan State University