Research Areas

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Research in the Department of Biology covers a wide range of topics, including ecology, evolution, and organismal and molecular biology. The disciplines in which faculty within Biology have active research programs are listed below. Students from all academic levels (B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D.) are integrally involved in our research projects. To join any laboratory, please contact faculty members directly. You can also find more information on these other pages:


  • Evolution of a symbiosis between unicellular green algae and salamander egg masses (C.Bishop)  Website 
  • Seaweed evolution and life histories. (D. Garbary)


  • North Atlantic seaweed and invertebrate biogeography. (D. GarbaryR. Scrosati)
  • Latitudinal variation of green algal symbiont diversity associated with amphibian egg masses. (C.Bishop)  Website 

Marine Ecology

  • Seaweed and eelgrass ecology, including symbiosis. Invasive algae. (D. Garbary)
  • Ecology of rocky intertidal invertebrates and macroalgae. Marine biodiversity. (R. Scrosati)
  • Biofouling and low-toxicity antifouling. (R. Wyeth)
  • Foraging biology of the lobster. (R. Wyeth)

Freshwater Ecology

  • Ecosystem structure and energy flow in streams and rivers. (B. Taylor)
  • Ecological restoration. (B. Taylor)
  • Freshwater benthic invertebrates (B. Taylor)

Animal Biology

  • Breeding and migration ecology of owls. (R.F. Lauff)
  • Carrion beetles and predaceous aquatic insects. (R.F. Lauff)
  • Pain perception. Cannabinoid drugs. Amelioration of brain damage after stroke. Behaviour. (J. McKenna)
  • Biology of intertidal invertebrates. (R. Scrosati)
  • Invertebrate neuroethology, behaviour, and neurobiology. Odour-based navigational strategies. (R. Wyeth)
  • Environmental physiology of aquatic vertebrates (T. Rodela)
  • Physiology of how insects survive freezing and extreme low temperatures. (J. Toxopeus)

Plant Biology


  • The involvement of bacteria in an algal symbiosis between salamander egg masses. (C.Bishop)  Website 

Cell Biology

  • Cellular differentiation in plants including marine macroalgae. (M. Galway)
  • Neurophysiology of circuits controlling navigation behaviour. (R. Wyeth)
  • Characterizing how insect cell structure and function changes at extreme low temperatures (J. Toxopeus

Molecular Biology

  • Genome sequencing, assembly and annotation. Amplicon sequence analysis. (C. Bishop)  Website  
  • Studying and manipulating gene expression (e.g. via RNAi) in freeze-tolerant insects (J. Toxopeus)