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 - Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 schedule is now posted.

News

BIOL 100 (From Cells to Organisms) in Fall 2018

5 July/18 - The Biology is opening up another lab section of 36 students (Wednesdays 6:00 pm): BIOL 100-052.  This lab section is associated with the Saturday version of the course (lecture is BIOL 100-050). 

Postdoc Opportunity:  Molecular physiology of adaptation to thermal stress in fish

A two-year, MITACS and NSERC CRD-funded, postdoctoral position to study transcriptomic responses to embryonic and early life history thermal stress in fish is available in Dr. R. Manzon’s Lab at the University of Regina.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in bioinformatics and transcriptomics and/or fish physiology and developing an understanding of how cellular responses lead to changes at the whole organism or population levels.

The successful applicant will help develop an independent research program examining the short- and long-term effects of thermal pollution on embryonic and early life history stages of Lake Whitefish using modern transcriptomic and genomics tools.  Within this framework there will be ample opportunity to develop novel and independent research avenues.  This position is part of a large project involving four Principal Investigators at three different institutions (Dr. C. Somers, U. Regina; Dr. J. Wilson, McMaster; Dr. D. Boreham, NSOM), several postdoctoral fellows and many graduate and undergraduate students who meet annually and work very closely with each other and our industrial partner, Bruce Power.

The Manzon research group is a dynamic, productive and very close knit group that works as a team on a variety of different research projects and are generous with their time to help others in the group.  Maintaining this environment is a key priority, thus the successful candidate will be a hard-working team player who appreciates the value of helping others in the group and is willing to accept help when required.  There will be opportunities for both formal and informal mentorship opportunities of graduate and undergraduate students and as such it is expected that the successful candidate will take on a leadership role in the group.  Additional information about the project can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/SaskFishPhysResearch/, and futher information about the Manzon laboratory is available here.

Applications including a cover letter, CV, names and contact details of 3 academic references and unofficial transcripts should be sent to Dr. Richard Manzon at richard.manzon@uregina.ca.  The ideal start date will be late fall of 2018, but is negotiable.  Review of applications will begin August 1st, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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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.



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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.

Recent Publications

Manzon, R.G., Manzon, L.A. (2017). Lamprey metamorphosis: Thyroid hormone signaling in a basal vertebrate. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. (In Press) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2017.06.015

Whitehouse, L., McDougall, C.S., Stefanovic, D.I., Boreham, D., Somers, C.M., Wilson, J.Y., Manzon, R.G., (2017). Development of the embryonic heat shock response and the impact of repeated thermal stress in early stage lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) embryos. Journal of Thermal Biology 69:294-301.

Zak, M.A., Regish, A.M., McCormick, S.D., Manzon, R.G.,(2017). Exogenous thyroid hormones regulate the activity of citrate synthase and cytochrome c oxidase in warm- but not cold-acclimated lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis). General and Comparative Endocrinology.  247:215-222.

Endsin, M.J., Michalec, O., Manzon, L.A., Lovejoy, D.A., Manzon, R.G.,(2017). CRH peptide evolution occurred in three phases: Evidence from characterizing sea lamprey CRH system members. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 240:162-173.

Cameron ADS, Dillon SC, Kröger C, Beran L, and Dorman CJ (2017) Broad-scale redistribution of mRNA abundance and transcriptional machinery in response to growth rate in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. Microbial Genomics doi: 10.1099/mgen.0.000127

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.

Colgan A, Cameron ADS, and Kröger C (2017). If it transcribes, we can sequence it: mining the complexities of host-pathogen-environment interactions using RNA-seq. Current Opinion in Microbiology 36:37-46

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