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Welcome to the Department of Integrative Biology




We are a diverse biology department dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship. Our department consists of full-time faculty who lead research in three overlapping themes, including comparative animal physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology.


Our comprehensive undergraduate program prepares students for a wide range of career options, including opportunities in business, medicine and biotechnology, industry, environmental management and conservation, research and education. We believe that integration of knowledge across levels of biological complexity is required for addressing many of today’s pressing societal challenges.



Departmental News & Events

  • Prof. Alex Smith helps discover 20 species of wasps in Costa Rica.
  • Sarah Alderman's study states that Pipelines Affect Health and Fitness of Salmon
  • University of Guelph invites community participation in their ongoing Squirrel Study
  • Find out more about being a host or intern through the Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) Internship which is helping with wage subsidies to hire recent grads.
  • Dr. Josef Ackerman finds that harnessing an invasive fish species is not the best conservation tool.
  • Congratulations to Danielle Ethier, the 2016 winner of the Distinguished IB Student Speaker Award, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, March 29 at 3:30 pm in SSC 2315.
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Murdoch McAllister, University of British Columbia, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30 pm in SSC 2315.
  • Congratulations to Grace Pitman, one of the 33 students selected in the current round of NSERC's Science Action! video contest. See her YouTube video and help her get more views!
  • Congratulations to Prof. Josef Ackerman, a member of the inaugural class of ASLO (Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography) Fellows. The fellows program honours members who have advanced the aquatic sciences through their contributions to the society.
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Tyler Flockhart , University of Guelph, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, March 15 at 3:30 pm in SSC 2315.
  • Dr. Sarah Alderman find that salmon use carbonic anhydrase for oxygen boost, her work is featured in the Journal of Experimental Biology here.
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Cassidy D'Aloia , University of Toronto, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, March 8 at 3:30 pm in SSC 2315.
  • The Department welcomes Dr. David Plachetzki, University of New Hampshire, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, February 23 at 3:30 pm in SSC 2315.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Paul Hebert on his third renewal of his Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity!
  • The Department welcomes Professor Jeffrey Richards, University of British Columbia, who will present the 2016 Marcel Ali Lecture in Aquatic Biology titled "Understanding the mechanisms and evolution of hypoxia tolerance in marine intertidal fishes" on Thursday February 11th 2016, at 10:30 in Room 1714 OVC Lifetime Learning Center.
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Jenna Quinn, Rare Charitable Nature Reserve, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, February 9 at 3:30 pm in SSC 2315.
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Karen Shapiro, University of California, Davis/University of Guelph, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, February 2 at 3:30 pm in SSC 2315.
  • Upcoming defense next week: Nicole Wajmer (Tuesday, February 2 at 9 am in SSC 2315).
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Corlett Wood, University of Toronto, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm in SSC 2315.
  • Prof. Rob McLaughlin was featured in Science commenting on how a new "biopesticide" is being used to control sea lamprey populations.
  • Prof. Steve Newmaster was featured on Frontline discussing the adulteration of many herbal products.
  • Prof. Andrew MacDougall helps to predict and protect species diversity.
  • The deadline to apply for Summer 2016 URA and USRA awards is February 10 so apply soon!
  • The Department welcomes Dr. David Sherry, University of Western Ontario, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm in SSC 2315.
  • Prof. Vernon Thomas was featured on the CBC Radio show Ontario Morning discussing lead poisoning in wild birds.
  • Prof. Amy Newman's recent study finds a link between stress and bacteria living inside red squirrels, you can also find it in the Mail on Sunday.
  • Prof. Todd Gillis shows how Hagfish Heart Offers Cardiovascular Health Insight.
  • Congratulations to Blair Fitz-Gerald, recipient of the Bryan Family Research Scholarship (Fall 2015)! The title of Blair's research proposal is "Migration distance as a selection pressure on morphological traits in forewings of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus).
  • Congratulations to Dr. Adam Ford on his essay, "The Mechanistic Pathways of Trophic Interactions in Human-Occupied Landscapes", submitted for the Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.
  • Nominations are now being accepted for the Middleton Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. This award is for outstanding performance as a teaching assistant.
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Andrew Whitehead, University of California, Davis, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm in SSC 1511.
  • The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario is holding a special seminar on "Canada’s role in the fight against the illegal trade of wildlife" on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 in the Visualization Theatre, Room 1009 at 12-1 pm.
  • Prof. Steve Newmaster will be interviewed on CBC's The Fifth Estate on Nov. 20. Get more details here!
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Ian Dworkin, McMaster University, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm in SSC 1511.
  • DNA barcoding is one of the top five favourite game-changing Ontario research discoveries in the last 100 years. See the other popular Ontario research discoveries here!
  • Dr. Susan Kalisz, University of Tennessee, will be giving a talk entitled "Adaptive evolution of self fertilization: Genetic and genomic consequences" Nov. 11 at 12pm in SSC 1504.
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Susan Kalisz , University of Tennessee, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm in SSC 1511.
  • Prof. Jim Ballantyne was interviewed about a beached shark that regurgitated its stomach. Find out more at Global News.ca!
  • Researchers at BIO use Mini-barcodes to identify fish on your plate.
  • Profs. Mehrdad Hajibabaei and Paul Hebert along with Post Docs Joel Gibson, Shadi Shokralla and Ian King show that DNA barcoding is an effective tool for monitoring ecosystem health.
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Dany Garant , University of Sherbrooke, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm in SSC 1511.
  • Integrative Biology Careers Night is on Wednesday November 4 at 7 pm in the Science Complex Atrium. Bring your questions -- this is a great opportunity to talk to professionals in various careers such as: zookeeper, consultant, professor, and more! Light refreshments will be served.
  • A big congratulations to Dr. Tom Nudds, who received the Special Recognition Service Award from the Wildlife Society!
  • Research from the Wright lab is making headlines! Out of the frying pan, into the air was featured in National Geographic. Outstanding job Dan Gibson, Emma Sylvester, and Andy Turko!
  • The Department welcomes Dr. Dane Crossley , University of North Texas, who will present a seminar on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm in SSC 1511.
  • Dr. Merritt Turetsky is Elected to College of Scholars
  • Congratulations to Integrative Biology undergraduate students Cristina Garrido Cortes (3rd yr WBC), Ellen Richard (3rd yr ZOO), Natasha Welch (4th yr WBC) and Chelsie Xavier-Blower (3rd yr WBC) who attended the 152nd annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada last weekend and won a special undergraduate award for presentations on their research investigating the effects of forestry on fly communities in Algonquin Park. CONGRATULATIONS on making a splash at their first conference!
  • Dr. John Fryxell and Dr. Kevin McCann Are Wondering Where the Lions Are
  • Dr. Ryan Norris, Tyler Flockhart and the David Suzuki Foundation Aim to Save Monarch Butterflies
  • Tyler Flockhart was interviewed on Ontario Morning discussing the fate of Monarch Butterflies
  • Last Friday afternoon, Integrative Biology MSc student Kate Pare won the Genome Prize for Research Excellence at the Sixth International Barcode of Life Conference. Kate's presentation on "By-passing the taxonomic impediment in Neotropical Collembola to measure changes in diversity and phylogenetic structure" won her the $500 prize for student oral presentations at the meeting attended by more than 600 researchers from more than 50 nations. All conference abstracts were published earlier in the week in a special Open Access edition of the journal Genome (http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/toc/gen/58/5). Congratulations to Kate on a great job!!
  • Merritt Turetsky interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about wildfire and permafrost research. Listen to the story here!
  • Congratulations to Cam Nugent from the Danzmann/Ferguson lab for winning the best Student Oral Presentation Award at the 8th International Charr Symposium held in Tromso, Norway from July 14-18th!
  • A Big Congratulations to Dr. Paul Hebert on being Appointed to the Order of Canada
  • Dr. John Fryxell discusses How a Change in Forest Can Affect the Dynamics of its Animal Community
  • Shoshanah Jacobs and her ICON thesis course students develop a Smart Compost Bin
  • Dr. John Fryxell is featured on CBC radio program Ontario Today discussing human-wildlife interactions and wildlife management.
  • Dr. Rob McLaughlin is featured on Ontario Nature's blog called "Invaders with Personality" discussing Sea Lamprey
  • University of Guelph Researchers receive Funding from the Ontario Government
  • An Article in The Globe and Mail I want to be a Wildlife Biologist. What will my salary be?
  • Please join us in congratulating Tony Kess, the recipient of the Middleton Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the 2014-2015 year. The Middleton Graduate Teaching Assistant Award is awarded for outstanding performance as a teaching assistant. Congratulations Tony! The Department would also like to recognize Lauren Overdyk and Lisa Harris, nominees for this award and thank them for their commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Guelph.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Teri Crease on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Gala
  • Andrew MacDougall lets it burn all in the name of Science. Tallgrass prairie burned in Cambridge to keep it alive
  • Thawing Permafrost Growing Threat. A new study by Dr. Merritt Turetsky.
  • Andrew McAdam's study says The Nature of Nurture is All About Your Mother
  • Ryan Norris's research on the migration of a 12 g bird over the Atlantic makes national and international news
  • Nominations are now being accepted for the Middleton Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. This award is for outstanding performance as a teaching assistant.
  • IB Staff Member Mike Mucci featured in @ Guelph
  • Dr. Ryan Gregory is featured in New York Times
  • "Study on life in frozen and thawing soils" published in Nature. Dr. Merritt Turetsky featured in @ Guelph
  • Post Doc Tyler Flockhart featured in the Toronto Star and on CTV News talks about the Monarch Butterfly decline.
  • The Department welcomes Andy Turko - The IB Distinguished Student Speaker Award Winner, University of Guelph, who will present “ a seminar” on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm in SSC 1511.
  • Integrative Biology Professors Glen Van Der Kraak and Patricia Wright win Prestigious Awards. Congratulations Glen and Pat!!!
  • Congratulations to former IB grad student, Tyler Flockhart for receiving a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Drs. Paul Hebert and Steve Newmaster help New York to crack down on fraudulent herbal products.
  • Dr. Teri Crease is named the New Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Congratulations Teri!!!
  • BIO and Dr. Paul Hebert's DNA Barcoding "Big Science" receives a major CFI award.
  • Salmon Response to Oil Spillsis the focus of a new study by Dr. Todd Gillis
  • Dr. Glen Van Der Kraak Develops a New Approach to Assess Environmental Threats featured in @Guelph.
  • Peat Fires. Dr. Merritt Turetsky discusses her study.
  • A message from Dr. Alex Smith - Please Donate to our Crowd Funding Campaign
  • The Dept. of Integrative Biology Undergraduate Liaison Committee is having a photography competition. They are accepting photos until October 31st. Submission categories include: animals, plants, landscapes and students in the field. Please send submissions to: ug.ibulc@gmail.com. Maximum of 4 submissions per person.
  • Dr. Alex Smith and his Ants Go Marching in Costa Rica
  • Guelph Profs. Making Headlines, including Dr. Ryan Gregory
  • Dr. Ryan Norris is Elected to New Royal Society College. Congratulations Ryan!!!
  • B.Sc. student, Justine Ammendolia featured in @Guelph
  • Five Integrative Biology Professors Receive Grants from NSERC. Congratulations to Cortland Griswold, Frederic Laberge, Kevin McCann, Amy Newman and Beren Robinson.
  • Integrative Biology Ph.D. Student, Amanda Naaum will be presented The Forster Medal at Convocation, University of Guelph's top award for Graduate Students. Congratulations Amanda!!!
  • IB Prof. Kevin McCann in New York Times, is involved in a project to save a threatened ecosystem in Cambodia.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Glen Van Der Kraak on winning the F.E.J. Fry Medal at the recent CSZ Conference held in Montreal. His Plenary Talk was entitled "The sex lives of fish: Science, policy and beyond". Congratulations Glen!!!
  • Dr. Ryan Norris and post-doc Tyler Flockhart's study finds that habitat loss on breeding grounds is the cause of monarch decline.
  • The Department would like to congratulate Jennifer Bernard, the recipient of the Middleton Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the 2013-14 academic year. Congratulations Jennifer!!
  • OE3C 2014 Announces Student Award Winners for Best Graduate Poster - Lisa Ledger, IB grad student, Best Undergraduate Talk - First Place - Ruth Rivkin, Second Place - Ken Thompson. Congratulations everyone!!!
  • Congratulations to Jordan Klaiman, former IB graduate student, who has been awarded a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He will be a Post-Doc at the University of Washington.
  • The Department of Integrative Biology announces that funds are available for another round of Ph.D. Awards
  • Dr. Merritt Turetsky's study states that Wetlands Likely to Blame for Greenhouse Gas Increases
  • Dr. Doug Fudge is featured in the latest issue of National Geographic discussing hagfish protein threads.
  • Congratulations to 4th yr. student, Kenneth Thompson for receiving the award for Best Oral Presentation at Ontario Biology Day. Great work Ken!!
  • Dr. Doug Fudge and his research group Solves Part of Hagfish Slime Mystery
  • Congratulations to Dr. Alex Smith for winning an Early Researcher Award
  • Nominations are now being accepted for the Middleton Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. This award is for outstanding performance as a teaching assistant.
  • Dr. Todd Gillis was interviewed by the Toronto Star discussing climate change on animals.
  • Not cold enough? Follow Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs students on an Arctic or Antarctic Cruise.
  • Dr. Vernon Thomas on the environmental impacts of lead shot in the Olympics.
  • Dr. Nick Bernier on Winning Synergy Team
  • IB Graduate Student Kelly Hadfield Aims to Improve Life on Earth is featured in @Guelph.
  • IB Profs on As It Happens and Dr. Oz Show
  • Dr. Jinzhong Fu and grad student Cameron Hudson solves the mystery: Why a toad grows a moustache!!! and are featured in the Toronto Star
  • Dr. Steve Newmaster featured on the Dr. Oz Show
  • Dr. Steve Newmaster's DNA Barcoding Study featured in the New York Times.
  • Dr. Fred Laberge and science graduate Eric To featured in @Guelph
  • Dr. Steven Newmaster discusses his Study on Herbal Products and DNA Barcoding Study
  • Dr. Kevin McCann and colleagues Receive Grant to Study one of the World's Largest Fisheries
  • Dr. Ryan Norris featured in CBC.ca
  • Dr. Kevin McCann and Dr. Paul Hebert are the Guelph Team Shortlisted in CIFAR Call for Ideas
  • Dr. Kevin McCann and fellow biologists featured in @Guelph
  • Dr. Ryan Norris and Ph.D. student Tyler Flockhart featured in @Guelph
  • IB Graduate Student, Amanda Naaum receives grant to commercialize U. of G. technology
  • Dr. Andrew MacDougall featured in @Guelph
  • Dr. Jinzhong Fu and his graduate student Cameron Hudson appear in New Scientist
  • DNA Barcoder featured in @Guelph
  • Congratulations to Dr. Kevin McCann who has been elected as a Society Fellow at the Ecological Society of America
  • Congratulations to Tyler Flockhart, the recipient of the Middleton Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2012-2013. The IB Awards Committee was most impressed by the strength of this cohort of nominees, Kevan Berg, Rachael Derbyshire, Nick Jeffery, Natacha Kramski, Jose Maloles, Elizabeth Sears and Andy Turko and the Department would like to recognize their commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Guelph.
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