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Our faculty members have broad and dynamic research interests that address contemporary issues in three main areas as follows. See also Faculty Research Interests.

Cell, Molecular and Microbial Biology, and Genetics

  • Innate antiviral immune responses (Assistant Professor Stephanie DeWitte-Orr)
  • Root symbioses: development and regulation (Professor Frédérique Guinel)
  • Comparative and functional genomics (Professor Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb)
  • Microbial pathogen dynamics in natural waters and wetlands (Professor Robin Slawson)
  • Mechanisms of protein targeting and import into chloroplasts (Professor Matthew Smith)
  • Microbial glycobiology: Structure-function analysis of protein-carbohydrate interactions (Associate Professor Joel Weadge)

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Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology

  • Comparative tree biology and responses of forests to global change (Associate Professor Jennifer Baltzer)
  • Biodiversity, biogeography and systematics of flowering plants (Associate Professor Mihai Costea)
  • Limnology, plankton ecology, climate change (Assistant Professor Derek Gray)
  • Evolutionary genetics of sexual selection and conflict (Associate Professor Tristan A. F. Long)
  • Reproductive biology & ecology of songbirds (Associate Professor; Chair Scott Ramsay)
  • Wetlands, wetland plant ecology, aquatic botany (Assistant Professor Kevin Stevens)

Physiology and Toxicology

  • Effects of anthropogenic contaminants on fish biology (Professor, Biology; President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy)
  • Stress physiology of aquatic animals; toxicology and risk assessment of metals (Professor; Director, Laurier Institute for Water Science Jim McGeer)
  • Fish physiology and toxicology in extreme and unpredictable environments (Professor Michael Wilkie)
  • Bioenergetics and environmental stress physiology of plants (Associate Professor Allison McDonald)
  • Molecular ecophysiology of aquatic animals (Associate Professor Jonathan Mark Wilson)