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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 - Winter 2020

The Winter 2020 schedule is now posted.


Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability

The Faculty of Science at the University of Regina invites applications for nomination to a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Water, Environment and Sustainability. Tier 1 chairs are for a term of seven years, and are renewable for up to one additional seven-year term. Thereafter, the chairholder will hold a regular faculty appointment. All chairs are subject to review and final approval by the Canada Research Chairs Program.

The CRC in Water, Environment and Sustainability will use a combination of process-based experimentation, modeling, paleoecological analyses, macroecology, biogeochemistry, or multi-decadal environmental monitoring to investigate factors that regulate the structure and function of freshwater and surface water, and improve strategies for their protection. The successful candidate will possess the visionary leadership necessary to replace the current director of the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) after a period of co-direction.

The University of Regina's Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021 emphasizes ‘Water, Environment and Clean Energy’ as a strategic priority and the UofR is a global leader in environment and sustainability, particularly in the area of aquatic resources. IECS is home to the 25-year Qu’Appelle Valley Long-Term Ecological Research Program (QU-LTER), one of Canada’s longest-running non-governmental freshwater research programs. IECS is supported by three PhD-level research staff and 13 million dollars of infrastructure.

As an employer committed to employment equity, and in order to alleviate the under-representation of women in Tier I CRC and senior faculty positions, this position has been targeted to women.

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Best U of R Professor

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


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.


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.