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Department of Biology News

Dr. Mark Abrahams and Michelle Miskell

It was a full house for the recent Dean of Science Awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Over 280 students, who represent the top 10 per cent in the faculty, were admitted to the Dean's List, possibly the largest number at one time.


Ocean Sciences public education program

Memorial University’s Faculty of Science, Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Library, the Botanical Garden and Let's Talk Science have joined forces with the Johnson GEO Centre and St. John’s Regional Library to host a series of science themed events during the week of Sept. 21st.

RDC announcement

The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) announced a research and development (R&D) investment of $258,000 to support the growth of the salmon aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. Along with government and industry partners, the total project value is $991,000. 


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.