Biodiversity, Ecological and Environmental Biological Research

Biodiversity, ecology and environmental biology are important research areas that involve a significant portion of our current biology faculty. Biodiversity and ecological research is widely recognized as vital to society and modern biology. Knowledge of biodiversity, understanding the role(s) of the biota in our environment and the impacts of the environment on them are essential research goals of this area. Many innovative research projects are underway on various aspects of biodiversity from evolutionary and environmental perspectives. Molecular phylogenetics is increasingly important in biodiversity and ecological research. Aquatic ecosystems, both fresh water and marine, are a focus of a number of investigators in the Aquatic Research Group. Terrestrial ecological research, spanning protests, fungi, algae, plants and animals also has major significance. Conceptual and fundamental biological principles and concepts are common to both terrestrial and aquatic ecological research. The broad contingent of highly talented biodiversity and ecological researchers are a vital component of the department.

These people are involved in this research area:

Important Dates

July 1: Canada Day (University Closed)

July 2: Canada Day observed (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Karyn Booy, MSc Defense: “Acoustic Monitoring of Beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas): spatio-temporal habitat use and geographic variation in Canadian populations"” — Friday, June 22 at 1 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Kate Christie, MSc Defense: “Vessel Dynamics of the Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab (Chionoecetes opilio) Fishery: Examining Spatial Association and Fishing Success” — Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Amber Hiebert, MSc. Defense: “Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) Myotome Development: The Proliferation of Satellite Cells in the Developing Sturgeon” — Tuesday, June 26 at 1 p.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Madison Earhart, MSc Defense: “The development of the stress response in larval Lake Sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens” — Thursday, June 28 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.