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    Welcome to the Department of Biology

    We take great pride in both our teaching and our research endeavours. Our Department is home to faculty and researchers with research interests in ecology, environmental biology, physiology, microbiology, cellular biology and molecular biology. Our scientific facilities include an aquatics facility, a field station in the Cypress Hills, the Environmental Quality Analysis Laboratory (EQAL), and the recently established Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS).  IECS provides world-class infrastructure and research expertise in environmental sciences via state-of-the-art microscopy, proteomics and genomics facilities. Additionally, we frequently collaborate with researchers at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory and several other scientific organizations in Southern Saskatchewan.

    Our department offers high quality undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate programs have strong hands-on components as many courses include laboratories developed and overseen by four full-time laboratory instructors. Junior and senior students also benefit from small classes (10 – 30 students). We have an active honours program, a co-op program and many opportunities for students to participate in research projects. Accessible, modern research facilities put our PhD and MSc students at the forefront in their fields. Our graduate students benefit from working in a close-knit, supportive environment that encourages innovative science.


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    NSERC USRA Deadline is Feb. 8 2016

    If you are applying through the University of Regina the online application deadline is Monday, February 8, 2016. For more details see our USRA page.

    Seminar Schedule

    Winter 2016 Seminar Schedule

    The winter 2016 seminar schedule is available on the resource page.

    Course Change

    Attention undergrads! Please note upcoming schedule changes

    The Animal Physiology and Plant Physiology courses will be switching semesters starting 2016-17 academic year. For more info see Planning Your Degree.

    Course Semesters in which the course will be taught
    Animal Physiology Fall 2015 Winter 2017 Winter 2018
    Plant Physiology Winter 2016 Fall 2016 Fall 2017

    As well, Animal Physiology will become a 300-level course (BIOL 378) starting with the 2016-17 year, and will require one of BIOC 200 or BIOL 288 as a pre-requisite.

    Recent Publications

    Heisler L.M., C.M. Somers, and R.G. Poulin. 2016. Owl pellets: an effective alternative to conventional trapping for large-scale studies of small mammal diversity. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7: 96-103.

    Gendron, F, Alqahtani, S.N., Alkholy, S.O., Haque, D., and Ferreira, M.P. 2015. Native/Aboriginal students use natural health products for health maintenance more than other university students. International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 1(3): 1-9

    Ferreira, M.P., Palmer, J., McKenna, B., and Gendron, F. 2015. A traditional elder’s anti-aging cornucopia of North American plants. Foods and dietary supplements in the prevention and treatment of disease in older adults. Edited by R.R. Watson, Academic Press, Elsevier. Oxford, UK. pp. 3-11.

    Vanderwel, M.C., Slot, M., Lichstein, J.W., Reich, P.B., Kattge, J., Atkin, O.K., Bloomfield, K.J., Tjoelker, M.G., Kitajima, K. 2015. Global convergence in leaf respiration from estimates of thermal acclimation across time and space. New Phytologist 207: 1026-1037.

    Spriggs, R.A.,Vanderwel, M.C., Jones, T.A., Caspersen, J.P., Coomes, D.A. 2015. A simple area-based model for predicting airborne LiDAR first returns from stem diameter distributions: an example study in an uneven-aged, mixed temperate forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45: 1338-1350.

    Finlay K., Vogt R. J., Bogard M., Wissel B., Tutolo B, Simpson G., and P. Leavitt. 2015. Decrease in CO2 efflux from northern hardwater lakes with increasing atmospheric warming. Nature 519: 215-218 doi10.1038/nature14172.

    Klüg, B. J. and R. M. Brigham. 2015. Changes to metabolism and cell physiology that enable mammalian hibernation. Springer Science Reviews. DOI 10.1007/s40362-015-0030-x.

    Goring S, Dawson A, Simpson GL, Ram K, Graham RW, Grimm EC, Williams, J.W. (2015) neotoma: A Programmatic Interface to the Neotoma Paleoecological Database. *Open Quaternary* 1, Art. 2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.ab

    Ludlow, S.M., R.M. Brigham and S.K. Davis. 2015. Oil and gas development has mixed effects on the density and reproductive success of grassland songbirds. Condor 117: 64-75.

    Vogt, R.J., S. Sharma, and P.R. Leavitt. 2015. Multi-decadal regulation of algal abundance and water quality in a large continental reservoir by climatic, hydrologic and trophic processes. J. Great Lakes Res. doi/10.1016/j.jglr.2014.11.007.

    Manzon, R.G., Holmes, J.A., Youson, J.H. 2015. Metamorphsois. In: Lampreys: Biology, Conservation and Control. Ed. M.F. Docker. Fish and Fisheries Series. Springer.

    Reyer, C.P.O., Brouwers, N., Rammig, A., Brook, B.W., Epila, J., Grant, R.F., Holmgren, M., Langerwisch, F., Leuzinger, S., Lucht, W., Medlyn, B., Pfeifer, M., Steinkamp, J., Vanderwel, M.C., Verbeek, H., Villela, D.M. 2015. Forest resilience and tipping points: approaches and challenges. Journal of Ecology 103: 5-15.

    Steve Juggins, Gavin L Simpson, and Richard J Telford. 2015. Taxon selection using statistical learning techniques to improve transfer function prediction. The Holocene Vol 25, Issue 1, pages 130-136. doi:10.1177/0959683614556388.

    David Kopriva, Andrea Lavoie, Anastasye Kisheev, Josef Buttigieg. 2014. Synchrotron mapping of the carotid artery plaque--A pilot study.  J Vasc. Surgery 60:5:1402.

    Braun D., I.D. Phillips and B. Wissel. 2014. Analysis of 13C in lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) fin and muscle tissue: an application of three arithmetic lipid correction models. J. Appl. Ichtyol. 30: 1174-1180.

    Coomes, D., Flores, O., Holdaway, R., Jucker T., Lines, E.R., Vanderwel, M.C. 2014. Wood productivity response to climate change will depend critically on forest composition and structure. Global Change Biology 20: 3632-3645.

    Eme, J., Mueller, C.A., Manzon, R.G., Rogers, C.M., Boreham, D.R., Wilson, J.Y. 2014. Critical windows in embryonic development: Shifting incubation temperatures alter heart rate and oxygen consumption of Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) embryos and hatchlings. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A. 179:71-81.

    Truax, B., Gagnon, D., Fortier, J. and Lambert, F. 2014.  Biomass and volume yield in mature hybrid poplar plantations on temperate abandoned farmland.  Forests 5:3107-3130 (doi: 10.3390/f5123107).

    C. S. Chan, X. Song, S. J. S. Qazi, D. Setiaputra, C. K. Yip, T.-C. Chao, and R. J. Turner, 2014. Unusual pairing between assistants: Interaction of the twin-arginine system-specific chaperone DmsD with the chaperonin GroEL. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.

    N. Hansmeier, T.-C. Chao, J. B. Herbstman, L. R. Goldman, F. R. Witter, and R. U. Halden, 2014 Elucidating the Molecular Basis of Adverse Health Effects from Exposure to Anthropogenic Polyfluorinated Compounds Using Toxicoproteomic Approaches. J. Proteome Res.

    Clayden, M.G., K.A. Kidd, J. Chételat, Hall, B.D., and E. Garcia. 2014. Environmental, geographic and trophic influences on methylmercury concentrations in macroinvertebrates from lakes and wetlands across Canada. Ecotoxicology. 23:273-284. DOI 10.1007/s10646-013-1171-9.

    Smith, M.J., Palmer, P.I., Purves, D.W., Vanderwel, M.C., Lyutsarev, V., Calderhead, B., Joppa, L.N., Bishop, C.M., Emmott, S. 2014. Changing how Earth System Modelling is done to provide more useful information for decision making, science and society. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 95: 1453-1464.

    Seddon, A., Mackay, A., Baker, A., and 66 others. 2014.  Looking forward through the past. Identification of fifty priority research questions in palaeoecology. Journal of Ecology 102(1), 256–267.

    Moorhouse, H.L., S. McGowan, M.D. Jones, S.A. Brayshaw, P. Barker, E.Y. Haworth, and P.R. Leavitt.  2014. Contrasting effects of nutrients and climate on algal communities in lakes in the Windermere catchment since the late 19th century.  Freshwat. Biol. 59: 2605–2620.

    C. Kupitz, S. Basu, I. Grotjohann, R. Fromme, N. A. Zatsepin, K. N. Rendek, M. S. Hunter, R. L. Shoeman, T. A. White, D. Wang, D. James, J.-H. Yang, D. E. Cobb, B. Reeder, R. G. Sierra, H. Liu, A. Barty, A. L. Aquila, D. Deponte, R. A. Kirian, S. Bari, J. J. Bergkamp, K. R. Beyerlein, M. J. Bogan, C. Caleman, T.-C. Chao, C. E. Conrad, K. M. Davis, H. Fleckenstein, L. Galli, S. P. Hau-Riege, S. Kassemeyer, H. Laksmono, M. Liang, L. Lomb, S. Marchesini, A. V. Martin, M. Messerschmidt, D. Milathianaki, K. Nass, A. Ros, S. Roy-Chowdhury, K. Schmidt, M. Seibert, J. Steinbrener, F. Stellato, L. Yan, C. Yoon, T. A. Moore, A. L. Moore, Y. Pushkar, G. J. Williams, S. Boutet, R. B. Doak, U. Weierstall, M. Frank, H. N. Chapman, J. C. H. Spence, and P. Fromme, 2014. Serial time-resolved crystallography of photosystem II using a femtosecond X-ray laser. Nature, vol. 513, no. 7517, pp. 261–265

    S. Bhattacharya, T.-C. Chao, N. Ariyasinghe, Y. Ruiz, D. Lake, R. Ros, and A. Ros, 2014. Selective trapping of single mammalian breast cancer cells by insulator-based dielectrophoresis. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, vol. 406, no. 7, pp. 1855–1865

    Perry, B.J., Yost, C.K. 2014. Construction of a mariner-based transposon vector for use in insertion sequence mutagenesis in selected members of the Rhizobiaceae. BMC Microbiology. 14:298.

    Curtis, C.J., Simpson, G.L., Battarbee, R.W., & Maberley S. 2014. Challenges in Defining Critical Loads for Nitrogen in UK Lakes. In Sutton, M.A., Mason, K.E., Sheppard, L.J., Sverdrup, H., Haeuber, R., & Hicks, W.K. (Eds) Nitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity. Springer, Dordrecht.

    Anas M.U.M., K.A. Scott, and B. Wissel. 2014. Zooplankton communities are good indicators of potential impacts of Athabasca oil-sand operations on downwind boreal lakes. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 71: 719-732.

    Neudorf, K.D., Vanderlinde, E.M., Tambalo, D.D., Yost, C.K. 2014. A previously uncharacterized tetratricopeptide repeat containing protein is involved in cell envelope function in Rhizobium leguminosarum. Microbiology. [epub ahead of print] doi: 1099/mic.0.082420-0.

    Hall, B.D., J.L. Doucette, L.M. Bates, A. Bugajski, S. Niyogi, and Somers, C. 2014. Differential trends in mercury accumulation in Double Crested Cormorant populations of Canadian Prairie. Ecotoxicology. 23:419-428. DOI: 10.1007/s10646-014-1207-9.