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Our Research

Biology Seminar Series: Research Innovation in Sudbury

Fall 2021 seminar series schedule to be announced in September.

L'horaire des série de conférences de l'automne 2021 sera annoncé en septembre.

Beckett, Peter   2020-Sep      

 
Regreening Science Transforms the Sudbury Landscape for Community Benefits

Campbell, Lewis

  2021-Mar  
Exploring the ecology, impact, and management of two deadly but diverse wildlife diseases


Garroway, Colin

 

  2021-Jan   Patterns and causes of genetic diversity gradients in North American vertebrates
Gunn, John   2020-Sep  

Recovery and Rejuvenation of Sudbury's Lake Trout Lakes

Gagnon, Jeffrey   2020-Nov  


A Gutsy Approach to the Treatment of Metabolic Diseases: Gut Microbes and Gut Hormones

Graduate Students from LU     2020-Dec  

Bite-Sized Bio-Seminars by LU Graduate Students

Litzgus, Jackie   2020-Nov  


The Solutions Should Not Cause More Problems: Evidence-based Science to Inform Recovery of Species at Risk

Mykytczuk, Nadia   2020-Oct  

Innovation in Biomining and Bioremediation

Parissenti, Amadeo   2020-Oct  


New Approaches To Monitor and Improve the Effectiveness of Chemotherapy in Cancer Patients (LU Only Access)

Pearson, David   2020-Oct  

Challenges on the Way to Hudson Bay

Pitcher, Trevor

  2021-Feb  

 

The Evolutionary Ecology of Alternative Reproductive Tactics in Chinook Salmon

Popp, Jesse   2020-Nov  


Defying Convention: Perspectives from an Indigenous LU Graduate on a Path to Transform Science


Schulte-Hostedde, Albrecht

 
2021-Jan
 


Zoo Conservation Science: Challenges and Opportunities

Soroye, Peter

  2021-Feb  


Climate change and land use change impacts on pollinators

 


St. Clair, Colleen

 

  2021-Feb  


Correlates of conflict vs. coexistence with urban coyotes

 

Swanson, Heidi

  2020-Oct  

How are Northern Ecosystems Connected to Each Other? Ask the Fish!


Welch Jr., Kenneth 
 
2021-Mar
 


The exceptional flexibility of an extreme dietary specialist: the ruby-throated hummingbird


Watkinson, Autumn

 
2021-Mar
 


Restoration of Sagebrush Grasslands for Greater Sage Grouse Habitat

 

 

 

Researchers and Research Centers

The Biology Department’s faculty conduct a wide range of research including habitat restoration, wildlife ecology, and human health and disease. Below you can navigate to our faculty profile pages and the various research centers housed or affiliated with our department.

 

Director: Dr Peter Ryser
(705) 675-1151 ext. 2353
pryser@laurentian.ca

 

 

Curator (vascular plants): Dr. Sabah Nasserulla
(705) 675-1151 ext. 3058
snasserulla@laurentian.ca

Curator (non-vascular plants): Dr. Peter J. Beckett
(705) 675-1151 ext. 2259
pbeckett@laurentian.ca

 

Laurentian’s Herbarium (international code SLU) was created in the early 1960s by Dr. Yvan Carrier, s.j., and Dr. Wyn Y. Watson, the first chairs of the University's Department of Biology. In 1964, Captain Edmund A. Turnau joined the Department. He contributed an extensive collection of Malayan ferns and made significant local collections. Over the past 40 years, under the curatorship of Prof. Keith Winterhalder, the herbarium has expanded to more than 20,000 specimens through collections from the Great-Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest, Boreal Shield, James Bay Lowland and High Arctic ecozones, by various biology students and professors. The worldwide flora, including that of Australia, Europe and South America, is also represented by faculty collections.

The herbarium has received many gifts, including the collections of Gerard Gardner (Northern Quebec and Labrador), Dieter Ropke (Northwestern Ontario), and R.S.W. Bobette (Ontario and North America). Specimens have been exchanged with herbaria from Queen’s University, Carleton University, the National Herbarium in Ottawa, the Université de Sherbrooke, the Regional Museum of natural Science in Torino, Italy, and the Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland. The Herbarium regularly lends specimens and provides information to researchers, and has participated in the "Rare Vascular Plants of Ontario" project and the "Flora of Manitoulin Island." The herbarium is currently participating in a project to create a database of specimens from northern Ontario located in the herbaria of Laurentian University, Nipissing University, Algoma University College, Lakehead University, Lake Superior State University, the Great Lakes Forestry Centre, the Ontario Forest Research Institute, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Moose Cree First Nation.

Botanists, students and naturalists interested in using or contributing to the Herbarium are invited to contact Dr. Peter Ryser.

What is an herbarium? An herbarium is a collection of dry, pressed plant specimens. They are grouped according to taxonomic similarities in airtight cabinets. Each specimen is identified to the species level and annotated with information about where and when it was obtained and who collected it. Typically, local plants will be most well represented, but herbaria can also contain a wide range of species from around the world.

What is an herbarium used for? The herbarium documents biodiversity, and information contained in it can help us map current distributions of plants and compare them to past distributions. As such, we can get a better understanding of what our landscape looked like before intensive human settlement, how activities such as climate change have altered plant communities, and finally, identify “hot spots” for conservation.

Who uses an herbarium? The three main purposes of an herbarium are scientific research, teaching and public education.