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Training Citizen Scientist

This past summer Dr. Kerri Finlay, Jessica Bos, and Lushani Nanayakkara from the Finlay Aquatic Science Lab completed a Citizen Science Lake Monitoring Pilot Project in Saskatchewan, which we hope is the first step in creating a program that will help to efficiently and economically monitor recreational lake water quality across the province. Citizen Science programs rely on volunteers to collect samples and data that can be used for environmental monitoring or to assist in other aspects of research. Volunteer-based initiatives are beneficial to researchers as they provide a cost-effective way to gather data and at the same time encourage public engagement with ongoing research projects.

Our citizen science pilot project was a collaboration between Saskatchewan Parks, the Water Security Agency, the University of Regina, and the two groups of volunteers that participated throughout the summer months. The volunteers were trained in May and proceeded to collect samples on either Kenosee Lake in Moose Mountain Provincial Park or Loch Leven in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park until September. Citizen scientists collected data on water temperature, pH, and clarity as well as water and chlorophyll samples that will be analyzed in the lab to assess recreational water quality of the lakes.

Course Change

Attention undergrads! Please note upcoming changes in the Animal Physiology and Plant Physiology Teaching Schedules

The Animal Physiology and Plant Physiology courses will be switching semesters starting with the 2016-17 academic year.

CourseSemesters in which the course will be taught
Animal Physiology Fall 2015 Winter 2017 Winter 2018
Plant Physiology Winter 2016 Fall 2016 Fall 2017

As well, Animal Physiology will become a 300-level course (BIOL 378) starting with the 2016-17 year, and Cell Biology (BIOL 288) will be a pre-requisite for Animal Physiology.

Course Change

Biology Faculty Host the Canadian Society of Microbiologists conference

Chris Yost, Andrew Cameron and John Stavrinides hosted this annual conference at the U of R on June 15-18, 2015. The 200 conference participants attended sessions in diverse topics such as Aquatic Microbiology, Molecular Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Therapies. The conference started with a half-day Education Workshop, and ended with a special lecture sponsored by the Canadian Journal of Microbiology.
Photo courtesy of Rae Graham - U of R Photography. Left to right, Dr. Chris Yost, Dr. Andrew Cameron and Dr. John Stavrinides.


Biology student wins 2015 University of Regina Retirees Legacy Scholarship

Nicole Lerminiaux was recently awarded the 2015 University of Regina Retirees Legacy Scholarship. To win this $6000 scholarship Nicole had to have a greater than 80% average with a full class load, be active in her community and be nominated by a faculty member. Several Biology students have won this scholarship since its inception in 1988 including Jennie McLaren, Craig Soutar and Jared Wolfe. Nicole has also been awarded an NSERC USRA for 2015.


Reducing antibiotic resistant bacteria in waste water

Wastewater could be an important source of antibiotic resistant genes so Dr. Yost is looking for ways to measure and prevent the release of antibiotic resistance genes by wastewater treatment plants. Dr. Yost was recently awarded an NSERC Strategic Project Grant to fund this important research. Read more about Dr. Yost's important work in this Leader Post article.

Photo: U of R Photography

Carly Graham

Biology Graduate Student represents at Genome Canada Conference

Congratulations to MSc student Carly Graham who was one of only 30 students across Canada selected by Genome Canada to attend and present her poster at the Genomics: the Power and the Promise conference in Ottawa.
This Genome Canada award paid all expenses for this trip and Carly was one of two Saskatchewan students chosen.
Carly is pictured at the left in front of her poster in Ottawa. Way to go Carly!

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The Globe and Mail names Dr. Brigham "Hotshot Proff"

In a recent article entitled "Help choosing a university in the Prairies" the Globe and Mail named Dr. Brigham the U of R's "Hotshot Proff". Dr. Craig Willis, who earned his PhD in our department was named "Hotshot Proff at University of Winnipeg

Faculty win preseason hockey game

Hockey photo Once again age wins over beauty and the faculty team wins 4-2. Apparently a rematch is in the works so stay tuned. For more photos see the undergraduate page.

Seminar Schedule - Fall 2013

The Fall 2013 seminar schedule is now posted.

Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution (CIEE1) seeks proposals

The Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution (CIEE1) seeks proposals for Thematic Programs (Working Groups) to be staged over the following 12 months. Thematic Program proposals should outline a plan to address significant questions in ecology and evolution through synthesis and integration of existing data (e.g., quantitative research synthesis, compilation and meta-analysis of existing data sets, etc.). Details

Adjunct Biology Professor Dr. Paul Levett awarded DSc

SDCL Director Bestowed with Great Honour - as published in One Good Thing.

Biology students win Legacy scholarships

The Department of Biology congratulates biology students Craig Soutar and Jared Wolfe for being awarded University of Regina Retirees Legacy Scholarships. The Legacy scholarships, valued at $6000 each, are awarded to students demonstrating intellectual ability, initiative, and general excellence in research and scholarship.

Recent PhD student Nominated for Distinguished Dissertation Award

Dr. Elizabeth Vanderlinde is the 2013 U of R nominee for the CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation award in the Engineering, Medical Sciences and Natural Sciences category. CAGS is the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies. Very best of luck to Liz.

New Biology Course - Fall 2013 Neurophysiology 490BT

What makes your brain tick?
How did the brain evolve?
What does a snail dream about?
Why does your dog act the way it does?
Poster Neurophysiology 490BT

U of R - SIAST partnership benefits biology students

Joint program with SIAST benefits U of R BSc graduates.

Biology graduate student wins best presentation

Leanne photoLeanne Heisler won the Best Graduate Student Presentation award at the 23rd North American Prairie Conference in Winnipeg (2012). Her talk was entitled: "Studying Small Mammals Vicariously through Owl Pellet Analysis: Conditions Affecting Rodent and Shrew Community Assemblages across the Canadian Prairies". Congratulations Leanne.

Biology graduate student wins "Bryophyte Bonanza" Shawn photo

Shawn Robinson was part of a team that won the "Bryophyte Bonanza" proposal challenge sponsored by the NSF. The team\'s proposal was entitled "Branching Out: Revealing the Evolutionary History of the Sporphyte". Congratulations Shawn.

Microbiology Grad Students bring home awards

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Elizabeth Vanderlinde won the Best Student Symposium presentation award and Shirin Afoj won the Best Student poster award at the 62nd Annual General Meeting for the Canadian Society of Microbiologists. Besides considerable bragging rights, both awardees received $500. Well done!

Dr. Harold Weger receives the 2012 Gleb Krotkov Award


The Canadian Society of Plant Biologists awarded Dr. Weger the 2012 Gleb Krotkov Award for his outstanding service to the Society, both in administration and in scientific contributions to the annual meetings.

Biology teaching deemed first rate by students

While student evaluations are only one way of evaluating the effectiveness and quality of undergraduate instruction, the Biology Department is proud of the results of the evaluations by students for Fall 2011 courses.

The mean score for the 6 questions about quality of lab instruction by our staff Lab Instructors and Faculty who taught their own laboratory sections was 3.60 out of a maximum of 4. This comes from a sample of 11 lab sections.

For Instructors evaluated using web-based surveys the mean score for 8 questions about instructor ability was 3.65 (n = 8) and for paper based evaluations the score was 3.50 (n = 8). A score of 4.0 would represent every student strongly agreeing with positive comments about performance.

In real terms, what these numbers mean is that most undergraduate students view Biology instructors as knowledgeable, well prepared and organized, available to talk outside of class, treat students with respect and stimulate thinking. Perhaps most importantly, students by and large recommend our instructors to other students. 217;