Studying Microbiology in Canada
|Memorial University of Newfoundland
With over 70 graduate students, the Department of Biology has one of the largest graduate programs at Memorial. The Department has more than 30 full-time faculty members, plus 16 cross-appointed faculty from the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC), the Fisheries and Marine Institute and other academic departments. Approximately 20 researchers from outside the university, many employed in government laboratories (agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and wildlife), hold adjunct appointments with the department and contribute to the graduate program as co-supervisors and supervisory committee members.
Research projects involve a wide diversity of fauna and flora, with an emphasis on cold ocean and boreal environments. Projects are conducted at levels ranging from molecular and cellular biology to whole ecosystem and evolutionary ecology. The Department also participates in the related interdisciplinary programs (M.Sc. and PhD in biopsychology and M.Sc. programs in aquaculture and environmental science.).
- the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden, a resource centre for basic and applied botanical research, with a particular emphasis on the flora of Newfoundland and Labrador
- the Agnes Marion Ayre Herbarium, including a vascular plant herbarium, phycological herbarium and a bryological herbarium
- a year-round field station at Bonne Bay, on the west coast of the island
- the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC), provides excellent facilities for holding and experimentation on live marine organisms. The OSC is a cold ocean research facility operated by Memorial University of Newfoundland. Located in Logy Bay, NF, the Centre houses laboratories where research is conducted on the North Atlantic fishery, aquaculture, oceanography, ecology, behavior and physiology. Research is conducted on organisms ranging from bacteria to seals.
- research vessels, accessible through the OSC, the Marine Institute and the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans
- a centralized electron microscopy facility with a TEMS (Zeiss EM9A, Zeiss EM109) and a Hitachi 5570 SEM with Tractor Northern 5500 EDX and backscattered electron detector
- large and well-equipped electronics, glassblowing and metal fabricating shops
liquid helium and liquid nitrogen plants (operated by the Dept. of Physics and Physical Oceanography)
- a full-time photographer and an EM technician
- The department operates a user-fee DNA sequencing service, the "Helix & Primer," which includes a new ABI377 96-lane DNA sequencer and an upgraded ABI373 "Stretch" sequencer, as well as supporting PCR technology and bioinformatic software.
- The department runs several computer labs consisting of ether netted PC's running Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. LaserJet printers, a large format color printer, scanners, a 35 mm slide maker and many scientific software applications are available for the use of graduate and honours undergraduate students.
List of Faculty
Dr. S. M. Carr - patterns and processes of molecular evolution in species and natural populations of vertebrate animals
Dr. M. A. J. Collins
Dr. D. Deibel - zooplankton ecologist and biological oceanographer
Dr. W. Driedzic - impact of environmental challenge, especially low oxygen and temperature extremes, on metabolic supply and demand
Dr. R. L. Dunbrack - evolutionary and fisheries ecology,
Dr. E. Edinger - coral reefs, paleoecology, environmental impacts of mining, and marine conservation.
Dr. G. Fåhræus-Van Ree
Dr. J. R. Finney-Crawley - free-living marine nematode fauna of the eastern seaboard, impact of pollution on marine nematode communities and development of sediment toxicity tests utilizing marine nematodes
Dr. G. L. Fletcher - Antifreeze proteins and cold adaptation in fish
Dr. G. A. Gardner
Dr. J. Gow – Microbiology; bacteriology
Dr. L. A. Hermanutz - Conservation Biology of endangered species, Plant Ecology (arctic-alpine & boreal systems); Protected Areas Strategies, Invasive species biology and impact; Climate change effects on boreal & arctic ecosystems.
Dr. R. Hooper - marine benthic community ecology.
Dr. D. J. Innes – evolutionary ecology
Dr. I. Jones – Seabird behaviour
Dr. R. Knoechel – Fresh water ecology
Dr. P. Marino (Head of Department) – Bryophyte and Agricultural EcologyBryophyte and Agricultural Ecology
Dr. R. McGowan
Dr. T. Miller
Dr. W. A. Montevecchi
Dr. F. Murrin - Mycology
Dr. K. Nicholls
Dr. G. Parsons
Dr. J. Patel
Dr. J. Pickavance - Spider systematics and ecology
Dr. R. Rivkin
Dr. G. Rose
Dr. D. Schneider
Dr. F. Shahidi
Dr. P. Snelgrove
Dr. P. Scott - Botany; arctic flora
Dr. B. Staveley
Dr. R. Thompson - physiological ecology of marine invertebrates
Dr. H. Volkoff - Fish physiology
Dr. J. Wroblewski - fisheries oceanography, global ocean ecosystem dynamics, and physical-biological mathematical modelling.
Financial Support Available
All graduate students in the Department of Biology are offered a minimum level of financial support. The current (2005) minimum rates are:
- M.Sc. students, $15,900 per annum for two years
- Ph.D. students, $17,400 per annum for three years.
This support is derived from several sources, including fellowships from the School of Graduate Studies, teaching assistantships from the Department and research assistantships.
Graduate students are also encouraged to apply for external sources of funding such as scholarships, awards and bursaries.
Admissions and Enquiries
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Biology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland A1B 3X9