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Welcome to the Department of Biology

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), Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) and the recently-established Institute for Microbial Systems and Society. 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.

We offer 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.

Biology Department Seminar Series

The Fall 2021 Biology Seminar Series will be held via Zoom; as usual, seminars will be on Fridays, at 2:30 PM.  The draft seminar schedule is posted here. To receive the Zoom link for a seminar, please contact Marie Dmytrow (marie.dmytrow@uregina.ca) in the Biology Main Office.

News

Biology and Other U of R Courses in Fall 2021 - COVID-19

The U of R will be offering select (mainly smaller courses) courses in face-to-face format, while the remainder of the courses will be offered via "distance delivery" in the Fall. There is a list of face-face courses for Fall 2021.

Up-to-date information about the University's COVID-19 response is available.

Nicole Lerminiaux is the Recipient of the University's Graduate Student Excellence Award (Innovation and Research) for 2021.

Nicole's microbiology research examines how bacterial interactions drive ecological processes in farm dugouts in southern Saskatchewan. She is a PhD student working with Andrew Cameron. Congratulations to Nicole on winning this award.

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Dana Green is a 2021 Recipient of the American Society of Mammalogist's Fellowship

This award, valued at USD20,000, recognizes a graduate student with a sustained record of outstanding research productivity as well as substantial engagement in ASM. Dana has also been elected to the ASM's Board of Directors, and is a PhD student working on bat ecology with Mark Brigham.  Congratulations to Dana.

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Nathaneal Bergbusch is Awarded the U of R Governor General's Academic Gold Medal

The Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal recognises the outstanding academic performance of a graduate student. Nathanael (Nat) Bergbusch is the 2021 recipient of this most distinguished prize. Nat has graduated with a Master of Science in Biology. Nat’s MSc thesis research was focused on the impact of Regina’s 2016 wastewater treatment plant upgrade on the water quality of two prairie rivers: Wascana Creek and the Qu’Appelle River. Nat's MSc supervisor was Peter Leavitt. Congratulations Nat!

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Looking for Signs of COVID-19 in Regina Sewage

Two U of R microbiologists have started a pilot project to assess civic health by analyzing the city's sewage. Article from the Regina Leader-Post.

Overcoming challenges in biology lab teaching during a pandemic

U of R Biology lab instructors have developed creative ways to provide students with experience in hands-on biology. Article from Study International.

New Methods for Testing for COVID-19 and Other Viral Diseases

A U of R microbiologist part of a national effort to improve viral disease diagnostics.  Article from the Regina Leader-Post.

Ghost Fleas Affect Aquatic Mercury Cycling in Katepwa Lake

U of R Biology researchers figure out why Katepwa Lake fish have high mercury levels.  Article from the Regina Leader-Post.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition - Adam Sprott Wins Again!

On July 17/20, Biology graduate student Adam Sprott won the U of R 3MT competition for the second time (2018, 2020). Due to COVID-19, the 2020 competition was held via Zoom (photo on the left is of Adam's Zoom presentation, and the image on the right is the one slide that Adam was permitted to use).  Adam will be representing the University at the upcoming Western Regional 3MT competition. The 2020 U of R 3MT competition can be viewed at the Facebook page of the University of Regina Graduate Students Association. Congratulations to Adam!

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NSERC CGS-M Awards 2020

Congratulations to three Biology Department MSc students who have just been awarded Canada Graduate Scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The students who have received the awards are: Nikki Burnett, Kevina Mullock and Noah Johnson. The Biology Dept wishes these three graduate students all the best in their research endeavours.

 

Best U of R Professor

Prairie Dog readers recently named Fidji Gendron as the Best U of R Professor for 2017.

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Training Citizen Scientists

The Finlay Aquatic Science Lab completed a pilot project of a Citizen Science Lake Monitoring Program this summer. Volunteers collected water samples from prairie lakes in two provincial parks in Saskatchewan in order to monitor recreational water quality. Full story.

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Biology at Science Rendezvous

Biology displays caught the eye of Leader Post reporter Ashley Martin at Science Rendezvous on Saturday. Read Ashely's article "Weird Science takes over the University of Regina.