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Our specialized labs include an aquatics facility to study how physiology and development of fish and other vertebrates respond to their environment, as well as a field station in the Cypress Hills of southwestern Saskatchewan. The IECS and IMSS provide infrastructure and research expertise in environmental and microbial sciences via state-of-the-art microscopy, proteomics, and genomics facilities. The George F. Ledingham Herbarium contains approximately 50,000 vascular plant specimens and 10,000 each of mosses and lichens.

Our facilities

Large tanks in the Aquatics Facility.

Aquatics Facility

The department is home to a 1700 square foot aquatics facility. The facility has water treatment and holding equipment for housing a wide variety of both fresh- and salt-water aquatic vertebrates. The facility contains six 3500 L circular tanks, four living stream systems, numerous smaller aquaria, two environmental chambers, a cold room, more than sufficient space for animal handling and surgery, and a separate storage and wash-up facility.
Cypress Hills Field Station.

Cypress Hills Field Station

Many Honours and Graduate students spend the summer at the field station conducting their own independent research. Additionally the station is used to do field work as part of some undergraduate courses.
Herbarium specimens.

George F. Ledingham Herbarium

The late Dr. G.F. Ledingham established the Herbarium in 1945 and devoted a good portion of his lifetime in expanding the collections of the Herbarium. Today, the Herbarium has over 50,000 vascular plant specimens, 10,000 bryophyte specimens, and 10,000 specimens of lichens.

IECS lab.


The Institute for Environmental Change and Society (IECS) houses three separate facilities. The Stressor Quantification Facility provides instrumentation and expertise to quantify the presence of chemical and biochemical compounds in environmental samples. The Cellular Impacts Facility supports molecular, cellular and system research into the effects of environmental conditions on biological systems. Finally, the Integrated Numeric Analysis Facility provides advances computational infrastructure to analyze large and complex data sets produced by IECS scientists. 

IMSS logo.


The Institute for Microbial Systems and Society focuses on functional microbial genomics research. The IMSS uses a functional genomics approach by integrating current and emerging sequencing technologies to develop comprehensive approaches for studying the genetic makeup, gene expression, and gene function in microbial organisms and within microbial communities.