Studying Microbiology in Canada
Natural Resource Sciences (NRS)
|McGill University (Macdonald Campus)
The Department of Natural Resource Sciences (Entomology, Microbiology, and Renewable Resources: Agrometeorology, Forest Science, Neotropical Environment, Soil Science, Wildlife Biology) is an interdisciplinary group that is concerned with natural and managed ecosystems, at both the macro and micro levels, with the aim of conservation and optimal resource management. This includes promoting sustainability and biodiversity. Research is conducted at both applied and basic levels.
The courses and academic programs offered by the Department of Natural Resource Sciences allow students to explore interactions among the components of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems through the development of a strong, interdisciplinary background.
MSc and PhD programs in Microbiology are offered via the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. There are also opportunities for postdoctoral research. The main objective of these programs is to assist candidates in becoming competent, independent scientists for careers in research. Our graduates can be found working in fermentation industries and government laboratories and many have continued our traditions in other universities.
The Department of Microbiology (Natural Resource Sciences) at the McGill Macdonald Campus has equipment necessary to conduct biochemical, physiological and genetic studies at various levels of cell organization.
The Departmental research facilities include many laboratories for graduate and undergraduate work, a networked computer room as well as the Lyman Museum, Morgan Arboretum and the Ecomuseum
Strong ties exist with other University departments, the Pulp and Paper Research Institute Canada (Paprican), and the National Research Council of Canada Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI).
Although most of our teaching and research is carried out within the Québec and Canadian contexts, the department is also very active in international activities with projects in Egypt, Tanzania, the Philippines, People's Republic of China, Zimbabwe, India, and Nigeria.
List of Faculty
BENNETT, Elena - Ecosystem services
BIRD, David M. - Birds (with an emphasis on birds of prey) in a variety of areas including reproductive physiology, toxicology, genetics, parasitology, behavioural ecology, nutrition, physiology and wildlife management.
BOUCHER, Stéphanie - Primary research interests are the systematics and ecology of the Leaf-miner flies (family Agromyzidae) and biodiversity of Diptera in Beringia
BUDDLE, Christopher M.- Terrestrial arthropod biodiversity
CÔTÉ, Benoit - Eco-physiology of woody plant species of northeastern Americ
CURTIS, Mark A. - Aquatic Ecology
DRISCOLL, Brian T. -Microbial genetics, physiology, ecology, and plant-microbe interactions
DUNPHY, Gary B.- Virulence mechanisms of the bacterium Xenorhabdus in insects; insect immunity
FYLES, James - Forest biogeochemical ecology
HENDERSHOT, William H.- Soil chemistry and speciation modelling
HUMPHRIES, Murray M.- Mammal energetics, behaviour, and ecology, especially in relation to hibernation, food and fat storage, and life histories.
IDZIAK, Christina L. - Activities are focused in the area of urban forest management and conservation.
LEWIS, David J. - Ecology and distribution of aquatic invertebrates, especially insects; ecology and control of biting flies.
MEHUYS, Guy R. - Soil physics and soil conservation
NIVEN, Donald F. - Biochemistry and physiology of selected animal pathogens of the families Pasteurellaceae and Streptococcaceae.
RAU, Manfred E. - Use of plagiorchiid digenean parasites as agents in the biological control of insect- and snail-borne diseases of medical and veterinary importance.
STRACHAN, Ian B. - Micrometeorology
TITMAN, Rodger D. - Behaviour and ecology of waterfowl and wetland ecology
WHALEN, Joann - Soil ecology and fertility, particularly in agro-ecosystems
WHEELER, Terry A. – Insect systematics, biodiversity and zoogeography
WHYTE, Lyle G. - Polar microbial ecology and biodiversity, cold-adapted microorganisms, low temperature biodegradation, low temperature bioremediation, Rhodococcus, alkane genetics, alkane monooxygenase, molecular microbial ecology, environmental genomics, low temperature physiology, astrobiology
Financial Support Available
There are different ways to finance graduate studies at McGill University. A graduate student can:
- win a fellowship from an external granting agency;
- win an internal McGill Graduate Fellowship;
- win a McGill departmental or faculty award;
- obtain a stipend from their supervisor's research grant or contract;
- receive funding in the form of loans and bursaries from the federal or provincial government;
- receive a differential fee waiver for the international fee supplement.
In 2003-04, graduate students received over $6 million in McGill fellowships and $5 million in salaries. They also attracted approximately $14 million in fellowship funding from Canadian and Quebec Government sources, as well as $1.4 million in differential fee waivers for international students from the Quebec government. Over $23 million from research grants and contracts was devoted to graduate student support. Preliminary estimates indicate that over $4 million in fellowships was obtained through other external sources.
There are two types of entrance fellowships available to graduate students at McGill in the field of Microbiology in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences:
- Major Recruitment Fellowships – these are allocated by a committee of the GPSO, upon nomination by the academic units. These are worth between $10,000 and $25,000 and are renewable. The Richard H. Tomlinson Fellowships constitute the flagship of our recruitment programs.
- Recruitment Fellowships – these are administered by academic unit, where available. These are allocated in $5,000 units, and can be combined.
- Teaching and Research Assistantships are also available.
Admissions and Enquiries
Natural Resource Sciences
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellvue, Quebec H9X 3V9