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An American marten (Martes americana) stands in snow. Researchers found that some native species, such as this one, benefit from invasive species, while others do not.

Image Credit: Tim Gage via Flickr

The term “non-native species” almost always has a negative connotation, but new research shows that in Newfoundland, some native wildlife might actually benefit from them.

In a recently published study in PLOS ONE, researchers in Newfoundland found evidence that non-native species including snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), introduced to the island in 1864, and the southern red-backed vole (Myodes gapperi), first detected on the island in 1998, have the potential for both negative and positive effects on Newfoundland’s terrestrial mammal food chain.

Fiona Cuthbert(Biology), Alyssa Young, Haleh Zabihi, Evan Youden

The Department of Biology of Memorial Univeristy awards 3 Prizes each year at the Eastern NL Science & Technology Fair. Members of the department play an active role in this yearly event that brings together over 300 of the best and brightest Grade 7 to 12 Science students of Eastern Newfoundland.


From left to right:

Kyle Millar (best evo/Eco talk), Paul Pitts (bgss chair), Katherine Robbins and Carley Schacter (best poster), Katy Macpherson (photo contest), Heather Penney (BGSA social media and communications), and Emilie Novaczek (one of the win

The 8th Annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS) was held on Thursday, April 16th, 2015. The event took place at the St. John’s campus and consisted of a full day of oral and poster presentations, followed by a reception and award presentation.This year was our largest symposium to date with over 100 in attendance from poster and oral presenters, judges and audience members.