Research Areas

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 in these other pages:
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  • Signal transduction mechanisms in settlement and metamorphosis of marine invertebrate larvae. (C. Bishop)
  • Internal fertilization. The origin of Bilateria. (J. Buckland-Nicks)
  • Seaweed evolution and life histories. (D. Garbary)


Marine Ecology

  • Seaweed and eelgrass ecology, including symbiosis. Invasive algae. (D. Garbary)
  • Ecology of rocky intertidal invertebrates and macroalgae. Marine biodiversity. (R. Scrosati)
  • Ecological effects of invasive species, particularly the green crab. (J. Williams)

Freshwater Ecology

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

Animal Biology

  • Marine invertebrate gametogenesis and fertilization. (J. Buckland-Nicks)
  • Breeding and migration ecology of owls. (R.F. Lauff)
  • Carrion beetles and predaceous aquatic insects. (R.F. Lauff)
  • Epithelial physiology and hormonal control of osmoregulation in lower vertebrates, especially teleost fish. (W. Marshall)
  • Pain perception. Cannabinoid drugs. Amelioration of brain damage after stroke. Behaviour. (J. McKenna)
  • Biology of intertidal invertebrates. (R. Scrosati)
  • Marine invertebrate behaviour, ecotoxicology, and aquaculture. (J. Williams)
  • Invertebrate neuroethology, behaviour, and neurobiology. Odour-based navigational strategies. (R. Wyeth)
  • Environmental physiology of aquatic vertebrates (T. Rodela)

Plant Biology

  • Biology of marine macroalgae. (D. GarbaryR. Scrosati)
  • Genetics and development of flowering plants, especially root development in Arabidopsis. (M. Galway)
  • Photosynthesis. Cyanobacteria. (A. Miller)
  • Ecology of rare floodplain plants. (B. Taylor)


  • Molecular interactions between eukaryotic cells/tissues and opportunistic bacterial pathogens. (L. Graham)

Cell Biology

  • Cellular basis of NO signalling in sea urchins. (C. Bishop)
  • Cellular differentiation in plants. (M. Galway)
  • Cellular electrophysiology and patch clamp. Solute and water transport across membranes. (W. Marshall)
  • Neurophysiology of circuits controlling navigation behaviour. (R. Wyeth)