Tropical Marine Biology in the Bahamas

Tropical Marine Biology – San Salvador, Bahamas Professor Mike Behrens and his Tropical Marine Biology class are spending J-Term in San Salvador, Bahamas. Follow their adventures and discoveries through their student blog .

2018-19 Faculty Excellence Recipients

The Division of Natural Sciences swept this year’s faculty ceremony, garnering 3 of the 5 prestigious awards. Every year during the PLU Christmas Celebration, the university honors the accomplishments of faculty by presenting five Faculty Excellence awards in the areas of teaching, advising, mentoring, research,…

Dr. Jerrold Lerum, Beloved Biology Professor, Passes Away

It’s with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Emeritus Jerrold “Jerry” Lerum, who passed away Sept. 29, 2018. Jerry was hired at PLU as an assistant professor of biology in August 1973. He was tenured five years later, amid earning a promotion…

Cracking the Secrets of Old Faithful’s Geyser Eggs

Researchers get their first look at a geological ‘gobstopper’ from Yellowstone, which may hold clues about its iconic geyser’s past and future. Geosciences Professor Emeritus Duncan Foley was one of the authors of this study! Click here to read the full story:  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/08/news-old-faithful-geology-geyser-geothermal-chemistry/

Faculty Proudly Wear First-Gen Experience

TACOMA, WASH. (Spring 2018) – Ann Auman didn’t always publicize that she was first in the family to attend college. In fact, before Pacific Lutheran University started prioritizing the first-generation student experience, it rarely crossed her mind. Now, the dean of natural sciences wears it…

Endowment helps Lutes pursue science internships

TACOMA, WASH. (Oct. 6, 2017) – When George and Helen Long reached out to Pacific Lutheran University 10 years ago, all they knew was that they wanted to support the sciences. “George sort of felt like he owed his success and his career to PLU,”…

Summer of Science

For some, summer is a time for play. For others, it’s a time for work. But for many at Pacific Lutheran University, it’s a time for a little bit of both — through science. The Division of Natural Sciences at PLU offers rigorous opportunities for…

A Different Kind of Whale Watching

PLU students analyze the effects of vessel traffic on Hawaiian humpback whales. While many of their classmates braved a chilly winter back in Parkland, three Lutes sat on a beach in Hawaii and witnessed the incredible moment when a humpback whale taught her calf how…