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), 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.

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.

News

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Computational Biologist

Luther College at the University of Regina invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Biology at the Assistant Professor level. Details here.

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New Course - Entomology - BIOL 399AB

An introduction to insects. More info..

This course may be used as part of the Environmental Biology BSc and as part of the Ecology and Environmental Biology (EEB) Area of Concentration. If you plan to take this courses as part of either of these programs, please e-mail to the Science Student Services office at Science@uregina.ca so that they can place a note to that effect in your file.

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New Course - Terrestrial Ecosystems - BIOL 399AC

Factors regulating distribution and functioning of major temperate terrestrial ecosystems, and some tropical ecosystems, as well as their ecosystem processes. More info.

This course may be used as part of the Environmental Biology BSc and as part of the Ecology and Environmental Biology (EEB) Area of Concentration. If you plan to take this courses as part of either of these programs, please e-mail to the Science Student Services office at Science@uregina.ca so that they can place a note to that effect in your file.

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Seminars

The seminar schedule for Winter 2017 is posted.

A calendar view is available.

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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.

Recent Publications

Heisler, LM, RG Poulin, and CM Somers. 2017. Stop using dichotomous terms to reference levels of scale-dependent habitat selection in ecology. Landscape Ecology 32: 1531-1542.

Campbell, S. H., P.R. Williamson, and B. D. Hall. 2017. Prevalence of Microplastics in Gastrointestinal Tracts of Fish and Water from Wascana Creek. FACETS 2:395-409. DOI: 10.1139/facets-2017-0008.

Klüg-Baerwald, B.J. and R.M. Brigham. 2017. Hung out to dry? Arid adaptation in hibernating big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus). Oecologia 183:977-985. doi 10.1007/s00442-017-3837-0

Barclay, R.M.R., D.S. Jacobs, C.T. Harding, A.E. McKechnie, S.D. McCulloch, W. Markotter, J. Paweska, and R.M. Brigham. 2017. Thermoregulation by captive and free-ranging Egyptian rousette bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus) in South Africa. Journal of Mammalogy 98: 572-578. doi:10.1093/jmammal/gyw234.

Boczulak, S.A., M. Vanderwel, and B. D. Hall. 2017. Survey of mercury in Boreal Chorus (Pseudacris maculata) and Wood (Rana sylvatica) frog tadpoles from wetland ponds in the Prairie Pothole Region of Canada. FACETS 2:315-329. DOI: 10.1139/facets-2016-0041.

Paranjape, A.R. and B. D. Hall. 2017. Recent advances in the study of mercury methylation in aquatic systems. FACETS 2:85-119. DOI: 10.1139/facets-2016-0027

Klüg-Baerwald, B.J. and R.M. Brigham. 2017. Hung out to dry? Arid adaptation in hibernating big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus). Oecologia 183:977-985. doi 10.1007/s00442-017-3837-0

Barclay, R.M.R., D.S. Jacobs, C.T. Harding, A.E. McKechnie, S.D. McCulloch, W. Markotter, J. Paweska, and R.M. Brigham. 2017. Thermoregulation by captive and free-ranging Egyptian rousette bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus) in South Africa. Journal of Mammalogy 98: 572-578. doi:10.1093/jmammal/gyw234.

O'Connor, R.S., B.O. Wolf, R.M. Brigham and A.E. McKechnie. 2017. Avian thermoregulation in the heat: efficient evaporative cooling in two southern African nightjars. Journal of Comparative Physiology B. 187:477-491.

Alexander D, Fitzgerald S, DiPaulo R, Kitzul R, Levett P, and Cameron ADS. 2016. Laboratory-acquired infection with Salmonella Typhimurium exposed by whole genome sequencing. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 54(1):1-4

B.J. Klug-Baerwald, L.E. Gower, C.L. Lausen, and R.M. Brigham. 2016. Environmental correlates and energetics of winter flight by bats in southern Alberta, Canada.

Lee, A.H., Eme, J., Mueller, C.A., Manzon, R.G., Somers, C.M., Boreham, D.R., Wilson, J.Y. (2016)  The effects of increased constant incubation temperature and cumulative acute heat shock exposures on morphology and survival of Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) embryos.  Journal of Thermal Biology.  57:11-20.

Gendron, F., Hancherow, A., and Norton, A. 2016. Exploring and revitalizing Indigenous food networks in Saskatchewan, Canada, as a way to improve food security. Health Promotion International.

Stevenson, M.A., S. McGowan, N.J. Anderson, R.H. Foy, P.R. Leavitt, Y.R. McElearney, D.R. Engstrom and S. Pla-Rabés. 2016. Impacts of forest plantation management on primary production in upland lakes from north-west Ireland. Global Change Biol. 22: doi: 10.1111/gcb.13194.

Graham, C.F., Eberts, R.L., Morgan, T., Boreham, D.R., Lance, S., Manzon, R.G., Martino, J.A., Rogers, S.M., Wilson, Y.W., Somers, C.M. (2016)  Fine-scale ecological and genetic population structure of two Whitefish (Coregoninae) species in the vicinity of industrial thermal emissions.  PLOS ONE; PONE-D-15-46470.

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.

Glibert, P.M., F.P. Wilkerson, R.C. Dugdale, J.A. Raven, C. Dupont, P.R. Leavitt, A.E. Parker, J.M. Burkholder, and T.M. Kana. 2016. Pluses and minuses of ammonium and nitrate uptake and assimilation by phytoplankton and implications for productivity and community composition, with emphasis on nitrogen-enriched conditions. Limnol. Oceanogr. 61: 165-197. doi:10.1002/lno.10203.

Vanderwel M.C., Zeng H., Caspersen J.P., Kunstler G., Lichstein J.W. 2016. Demographic controls of aboveground forest biomass across North America. Ecology Letters. Doi: 10.1111/ele.12574

Maheaux, H., P.R. Leavitt, and L.J. Jackson. 2016. Asynchronous onset of eutrophication among shallow prairie lakes of the northern Great Plains, Alberta, Canada. Global Change Biol. 22: 271–283. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13076.

Einarsson, Á., U. Hauptfleisch, P.R. Leavitt, and A.R. Ives. 2016. Identifying consumer-resource population cycles using paleoecological data. Ecology 97: doi.10.1890/15-0596.1