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:

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Barret-Hamilton Memorial Lecture - Dr. Ari Friedlaender: “Seeing below the surface: using new technoogies to study foraging behavior of baleen whales around the world” — Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m., Moot Court Robson Hall.

General seminar: Barret Hamilton Dept Lecture - Dr. Ari Friedlaender: “Under pressure: the recovery of humpback whales in the face of a rapidly changing Antarctic” — Friday, October 26 at 3 p.m., 207 Buller.

General seminar: Crackerjack Seminar — Friday, November 2 at 3 p.m., 207 Buller.

General seminar: Dr. Iain McGaw — Friday, November 9 at 3 p.m., 207 Buller.