Biology Kingfisher Retreat a Success

2007 Biology Retreat a Success

The inaugural Lakehead University Biology Retreat, held at the beautiful Kingfisher Lake Outdoor Education Centre on October 20-21, was an overwhelming success. A joint venture by Lakehead University's Biology Department and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the event was well-attended by Biology Department faculty, post-doctoral fellows, technicians, and graduate and honours-level undergraduate students. Its purpose was simple - to join budding and veteran biologists alike, exposing them to the breadth of research interests and fostering a sense of community within the department. Featuring 24 faculty and student presentations, participants engaged in immersive dialogue on topics ranging from ecology and plant physiology to archaeology and biomedical science. The natural boreal forest setting afforded interactive, interpretative canoeing and hiking to rich black spruce bogs as well as to logging sites, where students and mentors learned about unique ecosystems and forest management practices. A two day event, those who chose to stay overnight in the cozy cabins enjoyed a roaring campfire, and shared more ideas and tasty snacks. Good weather, great food, and excellent facilities made this an event to remember, and the wonderful response from retreat participants hints that it could easily become a Lakehead tradition. Thanks to all who attended; your enthusiasm and great attitude made this event possible. Special thanks to the student organizers and to Lakehead University's Biology Department and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine for sponsoring such a successful Biology Retreat!