Stonehill breaks new ground on evolution

New research, conducted by biology faculty and students over more than fifteen years and published in Scientific Reports, identifies a genetic variation in mushrooms that may allow individual organisms to undergo adaptive changes within a single lifetime.

Recent research experiences include:

  • National Science Foundation REU at Fordham University
  • Judith P. Sulzberger Internship Program at the Institut Pasteur in Paris
  • Harvard Stem Cell Institute Summer Program
  • New England Primate Research Center Summer Training Program
  • Pediatric Oncology Experience at St. Jude’s Research Hospital
  • SEA Semester Student Research Projects
  • SUCCESS Medical Research Program at Ohio State University
  • UMass-Dartmouth NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Marine Biology

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience

The Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is a competitive opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform full-time, high-quality research over the summer under the guidance of an expert faculty researcher. The experience includes weekly lunches, postgraduate career professional development, program-wide outings and a student research symposium in the fall.


  • Brandon Haffner ‘21 and Bryanna Norden ‘20 worked with Nicholas Block, assistant professor of biology, on "A Genetic Assessment of a Swallowtail Butterfly Hybrid Zone." 
  • Caroline Rosinski ’17 worked with Martha Hauff, assistant professor of biology, on “Variability in Nursery Habitat and Its Influence on Early Life Stages of River Herring.”
  • Taylor Uccello ’17 worked with Greg Maniero, associate professor of biology, on “Characterization of Amphibian CD4 as a Receptor for Interleukin 16.”

SURE project on the detection, sequence analysis and antibiotic sensitivity of the Methylobacterium, a bacteria found in the fungus Armillaria gallica.

Fighting the ‘Glass Cliff’ with Science

Organizations often tap female executives when they’re on the verge of collapse. A student-professor research team hopes science will show it’s unfair to blame gender when the collapses happen.