1980s: The Division coordinates campus-wide curricula in basic biological sciences, initiating cross-college collaborations that continue to this day.
1980s: The Department of Botany is the largest of its kind in the nation.
1983: UC Davis obtains the Bodega Marine Laboratory, positioning the university to become a leader of research of coastal ecosystems.
1985: Molecular and cellular biologist Ron Baskin and a UC San Diego colleague patent the “myometer,” a laser-based device that accurately adjusts injured muscles to the appropriate resting length for surgical reattachment.
1988: Bacteriology changes its name to the Department of Microbiology.
1989: Biotechnology pioneer Raymond Rodriguez co-founds and chairs the International Rice Genome Organization, a project that laid the groundwork for sequencing the genome of this essential food staple.
1989: The Center for Population Biology is established and the founding Director, Professor Marc Mangel, is appointed. The Center is located in Storer Hall.