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Boreal Ecology (PhD)

From the big picture to the microscopic, set your sights on understanding the natural world around you.


Become an expert in organisms of northern ecosystems.

As a student in the Boreal Ecology Ph.D. Program, you will conduct research in ecology related to northern areas, including, but not limited to the Boreal Shield and the Boreal Forest Biome. Ecology is understood as a study of interactions between organisms and their environment. The program exposes the students to current advances in theory and methodologies in a broad range of disciplines. The students develop critical thinking and analytical and communication skills through individual in-depth study, mentorship with faculty and peers, as well as participation in seminars, conferences, workshops, and the peer-review processes of publication.

This program is part of the Goodman School of Mines.

Key Features

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Apply knowledge of species interactions to conserve natural resources and help keep Northern Ontario ecosystems in balance
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Conduct research and create strategies to ensure the continued co-existence of all organisms within our environment.
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Participate on a global scale to address issues such as global resource allocation, conservation of species, and encourage ethical ecological practices.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to: academia, resource-based industries, and environmental enterprises in the private and public sectors.

Many careers can be found in the public and private sector.

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Program Details

Faculty Members

Core faculty members

Alarie, Yves: Invertebrate systematics

Basiliko, Nathan: Environmental microbiology; ecosystem ecology; soils

Belzile, Nelson: Analytical & environmental chemistry; geochemistry & limnology

Campbell, Daniel: Plant ecology and restoration of degraded ecosystems

Gunn, John: Fisheries ecology and management

Lesbarrères, David: Evolutionary ecology; herpetology

Litzgus, Jackie: Ecology and conservation of reptiles at risk

Mallory, Frank: Wildlife management & behavioural & biomedical ecology

Martinez-Garcia, Mery: Animal physiology in changing environments

Merritt, Thomas: Genomics and bioinformatics (Drosophila and environmental)

Nkongolo, Kabwe: Human and plant genetics

Omri, Abdel:  Lipid-based drug and vaccine delivery systems

Ramcharan, Charles: Lake food webs

Ryser, Peter: Ecology of wetland plants; root ecology; heavy metal stress

Saleh, Mazen: Molecular biophysics; bacterial environmental interactions

Schulte-Hostedde, Albrecht: Applied evolutionary ecology

Spiers, Graeme: Soil and water chemistry and biology


Associated Faculty

Bailey, John: Bioassessment and biomonitoring of aquatic systems

Hamr, Josef: Wildlife ecology, zoology

Johnston, Thomas: reproductive & trophic ecologies of fishes

Mykytczuk, Nadia: Applied and environmental microbiology

Daniel Campbell

Daniel Campbell

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture
Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde