Department of Biology

The first thing to say about studying biology is that, while it has great interest in itself, it also opens up many diverse career opportunities after graduation. A quick look gives an idea of the many types of work that are biology related. When studying biology you need never need to worry that you will not be able to apply your education in a useful and rewarding way.

The second thing to say about biology is that it is a vast subject which takes in many quite divergent fields of study. This "study of life" can be carried out at the level of molecules or at the level of the largest animals and plants which inhabit the world today. Indeed these days a biologist is often working at all these different levels at the same time, as for example when using DNA analysis taken from a whale or a polar bear to determine something about that organism.

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The journal Oecologia’s Hanski Prize is awarded to Matteo Rizzuto, from the Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada. Dr. Rizzuto completed his PhD degree as part of the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group in 2021. Dr. Rizzuto conducted this work while a student in Dr. Shawn J. Leroux’s laboratory and this work was also mentored by Dr. Yolanda Wiersma and Dr. Eric Vander Wal. The Hanski Prize is awarded to the best student paper published in the journal Oecologia in 2021.

The Ecological Society of America’s Canada Chapter has awarded the inaugural Excellence in Canadian Ecology award to Anne McLeod, from the Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada. Dr. McLeod completed her PhD degree in 2020 and conducted this work while a student in Dr. Shawn J. Leroux’s laboratory. The Excellence in Canadian Ecology award recognizes the best recent student paper published in the Ecological Society of America’s journals.

The Departments of Biology and Mathematics and Statistics are jointly thrilled to announce that our colleague, Dr. Amy Hurford has been awarded the Dean of Science Distinguished Teaching Award.

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