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Department of Biological Sciences

B8255 Shrum Science Centre, (604) 2914475 Tel, (604) 2913496 Fax, www.sfu.ca/biology


N.H. Haunerland MSc, PhD (Mün)

Graduate Program Chair

M.M. Moore BSc, PhD (Br Col)

Faculty and Areas of Research

see "Department of Biological Sciences". for a complete list of Biological Sciences faculty. see "Centre for Environmental Biology". for a complete list of Environmental Biology faculty.

L.J. Albright - marine microbiology, fish diseases

A.T. Beckenbach - population genetics, biometrics

J.H. Borden - forest entomology, pheromones

B.P. Brandhorst - developmental biology, molecular biology

F. Breden - population genetics, evolution of social behavior

A.H. Burr - biophysics, photobiology, neurobiology

F. Cooke - population biology

B.J. Crespi - behavioral ecology

K.R. Delaney - neurophysiology

L.M. Dill - behavioral ecology

L.D. Druehl - marine phycology, ecology

E. Elle - plant evolutionary ecology

P.V. Fankboner - pearl culture, marine invertebrate biology

A.P. Farrell - cardiovascular physiology, environmental toxicology

T. Finlayson* - insect taxonomy

F.J.F. Fisher* - evolution and ecophysiology of plants

G.J. Gries - behavioral ecology, chemical ecology

A.S. Harestad - wildlife biology

E.B. Hartwick - marine invertebrate ecology, cephalopod biology

N.H. Haunerland - biochemistry, insect physiology

C.J. Kennedy - aquatic toxicology

A.R. Kermode - plant molecular biology

F.C.P. Law - environmental toxicology

L.F.W. Lesack - ecosystem biogeochemistry, limnology; land-water interactions

J.P.M. Mackauer* - insect parasitology, biological control, systematics

R. Mathewes - paleoecology, palynology

B.A. McKeown - endocrinology

A.R. Mooers - biodiversity, molecular analysis

M.M. Moore - toxicology, microbiology

R.A. Nicholson - pesticide biochemistry, toxicology

I. Novales-Flamarique - visual ecology, neuroethology, evolution

A.L. Plant - root specific gene expression, osmotic stress, seed specific gene expression

Z.K. Punja - plant biotechnology and pathology

L.M. Quarmby - cell biology

J.E. Rahe - plant pathology, pest management

B.D. Roitberg - population dynamics, insect behavioral ecology

L.M. Srivastava* - plant physiology and molecular biology, biology of seaweeds

N.A.M. Verbeek* - ornithology, field ecology

W.E. Vidaver* - photobiology, algal physiology

J.M. Webster* - nematology, parasitology

T.D. Williams - physiological ecology

M.L. Winston - apiculture, social insects

R.C. Ydenberg - behavioral ecology

Associate Members

C. Crawford, Psychology

C. Krieger, Kinesiology

G.F. Tibbits, Kinesiology

Adjunct Professors

N.P.D. Angerilli BSc, PhD (S Fraser)

R.W. Butler BSc, MSc (S Fraser), PhD (Br Col)

H.L. Ching BA, MSc (Oregon State), PhD (Neb)

R. Elner BSc (Newcastle, UK), PhD (Bangor, UK)

W.G. Friend BSc (McG), PhD (C'nell)

D.D. Gillespie BSc, MSc, PhD (S Fraser)

M. Goettel BSc (C'dia), MSc (Ott), PhD (Alta)

G.J.R. Judd BSc, MPM, PhD (S Fraser)

D.B. Lank BS (Marl), MS (Minn), PhD (C'nell)

R.S. Vernon BSc, MPM, PhD (S Fraser)

I.R. Walker BSc (Mt Allison), MSc (Wat), PhD (S Fraser)


Admission - MSc and PhD

see "Graduate General Regulations". for admission requirements. see "Centre for Environmental Biology". for admission to the Master of Pest Management program and the Master of Environmental Toxicology program.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

see "Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry". for graduate studies in molecular biology or biochemistry.


Students who wish to undertake interdisciplinary work in biophysics may apply to the Department of Biological Sciences or the Department of Physics. see "Graduate General Regulations". for biophysics under special arrangements.

Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Environmental Toxicology

see "Environmental Toxicology". for information about this program.

Degree Requirements for MSc and PhD

All MSc and PhD programs require a thesis based on original research.

Each PhD student must pass an oral candidacy exam prior to the end of the fourth program semester or the second semester after transfer from the MSc program. The exam concentrates on the student's area of research and follows submission of a written PhD research proposal. The exam is graded acceptable/unacceptable. Students with an unacceptable grade must pass a second exam within six months; a second unacceptable rating requires program withdrawal.

If a student already has a master's degree, the PhD program requires a minimum of three courses totalling not less than eight credit hours. Of these eight hours, at least six are in graduate courses and the remaining hours may be chosen from courses at the graduate or upper division undergraduate level within the candidate's department, or in an ancillary department. Where advance approval is obtained, a PhD student may take up to one-half of the above course requirement at another university for credit toward the PhD degree at Simon Fraser University.

PhD students entering directly from a bachelor's program or transferring from the MSc program must complete 15 credit hours in total (i.e. one additional three credit course beyond the University MSc requirement (see "1.7.3 Course Requirements for the Master's Degree".). Additional course work may be set by the supervisory committee.

For graduate program information, contact the chair, department graduate studies committee.

Biological Sciences Graduate Courses

BISC 804-3 Plant Ecology

Directed study and discussion of current literature related to terrestrial plant ecology particularly environmental relationships. Particular topics to be arranged.

BISC 805-3 Comparative Endocrinology

A comprehensive account of morphological and physiological aspects of endocrine systems in various groups of animals. Principles of methods and techniques in endocrinological research.

BISC 806-3 Evolutionary Theory

A consideration of recent advances and current controversies in our understanding of the development, diversification and adaptation of life through natural selection.

BISC 807-3 Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology

This course considers what physiology has to offer behavioral and evolutionary ecology (and vice versa), with a focus on whole organism or `integrative physiology.' (3-0-0)

BISC 812-3 Marine Research Techniques: Scientific Diving

An introduction to the use of diving in marine/freshwater research, related underwater methodology, diving competency and current issues in marine biological research and scientific diving. (30-3)

BISC 814-3 Aquatic Ecology

Current problems in the ecology of marine and freshwater environments. Topics will be selected from recent developments in physiological ecology, energetics, population ecology and community studies.

BISC 815-3 Contemporary Problems in Plant Physiology

Directed studies in modern laboratory approaches to specific areas of research.

BISC 816-3 Biology and Management of Forest Insects

Bionomics, ecology, economic impact, and management of the major groups of forest insects, based on intensive reviews of information on representative species. Prerequisite: BISC 317 or permission of the department.

BISC 817-3 Evolution of Social Behavior

Study of the proximate and ultimate causes and consequences of alternative social systems in non-human animals. (3-0-0)

BISC 824-3 Survival and Reproductive Strategies

An examination of strategies for resource acquisition and allocation, and the behavioral, ecological and life history means whereby organisms maximize lifetime reproductive success. (3-0-0)

BISC 827-3 Seminar in Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology

An introduction to the important issues, methods and philosophy of behavioral ecology, and discussion of current topics. Grading will be on an S/U basis. Prerequisite: BISC 304 and 410 or permission of the department.

BISC 828-3 Models in Behavioral Ecology

An intensive survey course of current modeling techniques used for analysis of problems in behavioral ecology. (3-0-0)

BISC 829-3 Conservation Ecology

This course will illustrate the value of applying ecological theory, particularly concerning life history and demography, to issues of management and conservation. Examination of life history characteristics and variability of individuals will demonstrate how knowledge of demography and population parameters are essential for effective conservation. Emphasis will be on vertebrate species. (3-0-0)

BISC 838-3 Population Biology

Consideration of the ecological and genetic processes acting at the population level. (3-0-0)

BISC 839-3 Industrial Microbiology

This course introduces students to the use of microorganisms in biotechnology, e.g. in the environmental, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The lectures will cover the unique physiology and biochemistry of industrial microorganisms as well as discussing their use in various processes including industrial fermentation, bioremediation, chemical synthesis and protein production (e.g. vaccines) by recombinant organisms. (2-0-1) Prerequisite: a second or third year undergraduate microbiology course.

BISC 841-3 Plant Disease Development and Control

An examination of the major factors that lead to development of soil-associated and foliar plant diseases in cultivated crops. The major areas of emphasis are ecology and the control of soil borne plant pathogens, and the nature and utilization of host resistance for the control of plant diseases.

BISC 842-3 Insect Development and Reproduction

Analysis of hormonal factors that influence growth, development, and reproduction in insects, with emphasis on the use of hormone analogues and anti-metabolites for population management.

BISC 843-3 Applied Behavioral Ecology

Concepts and methods from behavioral ecology and population dynamics are used to solve problems of an applied nature (e.g. pest management, harvesting policies, management of human diseases). Model building and analysis feature prominently.

BISC 844-3 Biological Controls

Principles, theory, and practice of the use of living organisms in the natural regulation and the control of organisms. Emphasis will be on parasitic insects, and include host specificity, genetics, genetic controls, and the evolution of host-parasite associations.

BISC 846-3 Insecticide Chemistry and Toxicology

The chemistry of insecticides, with emphasis on their toxicology, metabolism and fate in the environment.

BISC 847-3 Pest Management in Practice

Status and special problems of pest management programs in different kinds of ecosystems; organization, special characteristics, practices, and problems of pest management agencies; interactions and communication.

BISC 848-3 Nematology

A study of the concepts of host-parasite relationships as exemplified by nematode parasites of plants and insects. Special problems associated with the nematode organism and its way of life and their relevance to crop production. Prerequisite: permission of the department.

BISC 849-0 Master of Pest Management Thesis

A supervised individual analysis in detail and depth of an aspect of pest management and the preparation of a scholarly paper on it.

BISC 850-3 Weed Biology and Control

A survey of the biological and ecological characteristics of weeds, the types and magnitudes of damage they cause, and the theory and principles of control.

BISC 851-3 Vertebrate Pests

An evaluation of the biology and of the economic and social impacts of vertebrates that are in conflict with human activities; and a discussion and evaluation of actual and potential control techniques as applied to such animals.

BISC 852-3 Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Analyses of problems in the management of insects and related organisms that directly harm or that carry diseases of man or livestock.

BISC 854-3 Ecotoxicology

The proposed course will detail the physiochemical factors that influence contaminant behavior in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. (0-0-3) Prerequisite: BISC 101, 312, CHEM 102, and 103. Recommended: BISC 414.

BISC 855-3 Biochemical Toxicology

This course examines the biodynamics and actions of toxicants on several key biological systems within living organisms at the biochemical and molecular levels. (3-2-0) Prerequisite: BISC 301 and 313.

BISC 856-3 Industrial Biotechnology

This course is intended to provide students with the theory and hands-on experience of several commonly used biotechnological techniques. (2-0-6) Prerequisite: BISC 221 and 303. Recommended: BISC 329.

BISC 859-3 Special Topics I

Selected topics in biological science. The content of this course varies from semester to semester.

BISC 869-3 Special Topics II
BISC 879-3 Special Topics III
BISC 880-3 Special Topics in Behavioral Ecology

A consideration of advanced special topics in the field of behavioral ecology.

BISC 881-3 Special Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology

A student participation seminar course focusing on recent literature on selected topics in cellular, developmental and molecular biology. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BISC 883-3 Special Topics in Environmental Toxicology

Special topics course with emphasis on recent developments in environmental toxicology.

BISC 884-3 Special Topics in Pest Ecology and Management I

A specific topic in the field of pest ecology and management, not otherwise covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses.

BISC 885-3 Special Topics in Animal Physiology

Special topics in comparative vertebrate and invertebrate functional mechanisms and adaptations. Prerequisite: undergraduate course in animal physiology.

BISC 886-3 Special Topics in Marine and Aquatic Biology

Special topics course emphasizing recent developments in the area of aquatic and marine biology.

BISC 887-3 Special Topics in Plant Biology

Advanced treatment of selected topics or specialized areas in plant biology. The special topics to be discussed will vary from semester to semester.

BISC 888-1 Directed Readings in Biology

Programs of directed readings and critical discussions offered by staff members to individual students. A formal description of the study program is required (forms available from the graduate secretary). These forms must be approved by the departmental graduate studies committee at the beginning of the semester, prior to registration. (100)

BISC 889-2 Directed Reading

Intended to cover the same ground as a normal graduate course, it may be given to one or two students when a lecture/seminar is inappropriate.

BISC 890-3 Directed Readings in Biology

Programs of directed readings and critical discussions offered by staff members to individual students. A formal description of the study program is required (forms available from the graduate secretary). These forms must be approved by the departmental graduate studies committee at the beginning of the semester, prior to registration. (300)

BISC 898-0 MSc Thesis
BISC 899-0 PhD Thesis

Marine Science Courses

Marine Science courses, which may be included in a biology graduate program at Bamfield, BC, are offered in conjunction with certain other universities.

The following courses are available for graduate course credit for MSc and PhD students on recommendation of the supervisory committee.

MASC 500-3 Directed Studies

A graduate level course of directed studies under the supervision of a member of faculty. The study will involve a research project approved by the supervisor in the field of interest of the student, and will be designed to take maximum advantage of the laboratory and/or field opportunities offered by the Bamfield Marine Station.

MASC 501 to 503-3 Special Topics

Courses offered, as opportunities arise, by distinguished scientists who are visiting the Bamfield Marine Station and are prepared to offer a course extending over a three week period. (0-3-0)

MASC 504 to 506-6 Special Topics

Courses offered, as opportunities arise, by distinguished scientists who are visiting the Bamfield Marine Station and are prepared to offer a course extending over a six week period. (0-6-0)

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