Research Groups

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Applied Biology

Environmental Toxicology is an evolving field concerned with the impact of pollutants on biological systems. Research within this group ranges from molecular and biochemical studies, through physiological and behavioural approaches, to comprehensive modeling and mathematical studies.

Pest Management is an applied research area, which concentrates on the management of pests in agricultural, forest and urban environments.  Research areas for this group include apiculture, behavioural ecology, biological control, biotechnology, chemical ecology & toxicology, insect biochemistry and molecular biology, disease vectors, vertebrate pests, and the pathology, stress physiology and ecology of plants. 

Environmental Toxicology Group Members

Group Leader

Chris J. Kennedy  (Aquatic Toxicology)

Associated Faculty

Pest Management Group Members

Group Leader


Associated Faculty

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Cell And Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology And Physiology

We have 15+ faculty whose research primarily focuses on cell and molecular biology, developmental biology and physiology including neuroscience, genetics, immunology, microbiology, plant cell and developmental biology, parasitology, and insect, fish and bird physiology. There is close collaboration between BISC neuroscientists and faculty in other Departments, with a weekly journal club and through the Centre for Cell Biology, Development and Disease (C2D2). Several other faculty have organismal function or physiology components to their primarily ecological, evolutionary, or even conservation-focused research programs, e.g. gas exchange and metabolic scaling in sharks; temperature and hydric physiology in amphibians; evolutionary physiology of reproduction in birds and placental evolution and fetal programming.

Neuroscience Faculty

Other Cell, Molecular, Development and Physiology Faculty

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Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

Research interests in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation group include organic evolution, behavioural, population, community, and landscape ecology, conservation ecology (with a particular strength in aquatic environments), paleoecology, and ecotoxicology.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Group Members