Research is an important part of our mission in the Department of Integrative Biology.  As our name implies, faculty and students in our unit explore the living world at every scale, from the microscopic molecular foundations of living systems to global-scale patterns that span continents or extend back in time millions of years.  The breadth and complexity of the living world requires many different research approaches and members of our unit combing state of the art analytical technology and computing power to investigate organisms and ecosystems in the laboratory and the field.  Many of our research projects take place here in the Pacific Northwest, but many also occur in other more exotic localitions.