Laurier’s Department of Biology is an exceptional centre of learning and research committed to meeting the challenges of contemporary biology. We foster the integration of all levels of biological organization – from molecules, organelles, cells, tissues and organs, to organisms, populations, species and ecosystems. Rather than “taking apart” the complex interactions that occur in and among biological systems and studying them separately, we aim towards a “putting together” approach to better reflect the intricate biological reality of life on earth.
Teaching and research in biological systems and their interactions are conducted under 3 major interlocking themes:
Our graduates are noted for their ability to identify and articulate the most pressing biological issues facing society, to pinpoint the key elements of those issues, and to devise appropriate and effective strategies to tackle the necessary research and implement the resulting solutions.
Our department has well-designed research facilities housed in three buildings on campus, and at several field sites across Canada.
Some of our on-campus facilities include:
Faculty members are active in the Laurier Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science. Our external partnerships include Parks Canada, Environment Canada, the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, the Government of the Northwest Territories, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Algonquin Wildlife Research Station and the Grand River Conservation Authority.
The Herbarium consists of about 15000 bryophyte, lichen, and vascular plant specimens from all over the world. It is an important biodiversity research tool because each specimen is accompanied by taxonomic, geographical distribution, biological, and ecological data. In addition, more detailed information can be retrieved from each specimen in the lab: morphological, anatomical, biochemical and molecular.
The purpose of the Laurier Biology Association is to provide a source of unity to all biology students across the many branches of the subject and facilitate interactions between other science based faculties. Although this club is faculty based, an extensive background in biology is not necessary. This club values both academic and non-academic aspects of university life, but will focus on facilitating a sense of community and kinship in the Biology department as well as other science related departments.
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