Biology TA Positions Posted!

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 TA positions are available and listed HERE.

Ontario Master Naturalist Program - THUNDER BAY CAMPUS

Monday, July 10, 2017 – Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Summer 2017 OMNP program includes seven modules.

Additional details and registration forms for the Thunder Bay Certification Program are HERE

FAQs about the program are posted HERE.

Visit the Ontario Nature site HERE.



Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution 2017 Annual Meeting ​

This promises to be another great meeting. Even if you cannot attend, please consider renewing your membership in, or becoming a member of, the CSEE (Regular members only $50; Students and Postdocs $25; join at 

Important Dates:
Abstract submission is now open!

Abstracts accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, with a deadline of March 1, 2017.
Registration is open until April 30, 2017.​

MSc Position in Polar Bear Foraging Ecology

Dr. Christina Semeniuk ( and Dr. Rennie are recruiting an MSc. student to conduct studies on polar bear foraging ecology, starting in either May or September 2017. The ideal student would have an interest in behavioural ecology and climate change, and would have some experience with animal behavioural observations and analyses. There is some flexibility in the project depending on the student's interests; for example there are opportunities to work on agent-based modelling, as well as both theoretical and applied questions.
The student would be based in the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor, and would be funded primarily though a Mitacs grant. As such, a Canadian domestic student would be preferred to ensure that the grant adequately covers the student's salary.

Recent Departmental Publications

Dr. Michael Rennie:

Rennie, MD, BC Weidel, and RM Claramunt. 2015. Changes in depth occupied by Great Lakes lake whitefish populations and the influence of survey design. Journal of Great Lakes Research 41 (4):1150-1161.

Chen, J, MD Rennie, B Sadi, and W Zhang. 2016. A study on the levels of radioactivity in fish samples from the experimental lakes area in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 153: 222-230.

Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe:

Togtema, M., R. Jackson, C. Richard, S. Niccoli, and I. Zehbe. 2015. The human papillomavirus 16 European-T350G E6 variant can immortalize but not transform keratinocytes in the absence of E7. Virology 485:274–282.

Wakewich, P., B. Wood, C. Davey, A. Laframboise, I. Zehbe and on behalf of the ACCSS group. 2015. Colonial legacy and the experience of First Nations women in cervical cancer screening: a Canadian multi-community study, Critical Public Health.

Dr. Douglas Morris:

Kotler, B. P., D. W. Morris, and J. S. Brown. 2016. Direct behavioural indicators. Chapter 11 in O. Berger-Tal and D. Saltz. Conservation behaviour: applying behavioural ecology to wildlife conservation and management. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, In press.

Bannister, A. E. and D. W. Morris. 2015. Habitat selection reveals state-dependent foraging tradeoffs
in a temporally autocorrelated environment. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution. In press.

Dr. Stephen Hecnar:

Brazeau, D., R. Freitag, S.J. Hecnar, and D.R. Hecnar. 2015. Comparing common five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) diet among locations and time. Herpetological Review 46(3): 331-336. 

Dr. Azim Mallik:

Mallik, A. U., S. R. Biswas, and L. C. S. Collier. 2016. Belowground interactions between Kalmia angustifolia and Picea mariana: roles of competition, root exudates and ectomycorrhizal association. Plant and Soil, 1-13.

Mallik, A. U., and D. Kravchenko. 2016. Black spruce (Picea mariana) restoration in Kalmia heath by scarification and microsite mulching." Forest Ecology and Management 362: 10-19.

Dr. Wensheng Qin:

Nanda, M., Y. Zhang, Z.Yuan, W. Qin, H.S. Ghaziaskar, and C. Xu. 2016. Catalytic conversion of glycerol for sustainable production of solketal as a fuel additive: A review. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 56: 1022-1031. 

Zhang, C., X. Su , X. Xiong, Q. Hu, S. Amartey, X. Tan, W. Qin. 2016. The 60Co-γ radiation-induced changes in the physical and chemical properties of rapeseed straw. Biomass and Bioenergy 85: 207-214. 


Dr. Connie O'Connor

O'Connor, C. M, and Cooke SJ. 2015. Ecological carryover effects complicate conservation. Ambio DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015- 0630-3.

O' Connor, C. M, Marsh-Rollo SE, Cortez Ghio S, Balshine S and Aubin-Horth N. 2015. Is there convergence in the molecular pathways underlying the repeated evolution of sociality in African cichlids? Hormones and Behaviour 75: 160-168.






Research Internship Opportunity with TBRRI!

8501452 Research Assistant Internship (1 Year Contract with possible extension to full-time position.  Click HERE for details.

Lakehead NSERC USRA. Applications due January 11, 2017!


Biology student applications must be submitted to the Biology office (CB4026) before 4 pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2017Click here for the Biology specific form.

Applications will be forwarded to Dr. David Law (Orillia campus).

Please refer to the Lakehead University NSERC USRA link for detailed information.

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