Boreal Ecology (PhD)

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

Overview

Develop a mutual co-relationship with the organisms and ecosystems in beautiful Northern Ontario and around the globe.

Study the interactions between the living and non-living organisms within our boreal ecosystems at all levels, including organism, population, community, ecosystem, and global systems.

Understand the impacts of disturbance, restoration, and species sustainability and conservation on stressed systems.

Understand how all of these interactions work, and apply your knowledge to the issues affecting our world today, such as environmental and energy conservation, resource allocation, and eco-friendliness.

This program is part of the Goodman School of Mines.

Key Features

Apply knowledge of species interactions to conserve natural resources and help keep Northern Ontario ecosystems in balance.
Conduct research and create strategies to ensure the continued co-existence of all organisms within our environment.
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

Yves Alarie

Yves Alarie

Department of Biology
Nathan Basiliko

Nathan Basiliko

Department of Biology
Nelson Belzile

Nelson Belzile

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Daniel Campbell

Daniel Campbell

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture
John Gunn

John Gunn

Department of Biology
David Lesbarrères

David Lesbarrères

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Jacqueline Litzgus

Jacqueline Litzgus

Department of Biology
Francis Mallory

Francis Mallory

Department of Biology
Mery Martinez Garcia

Mery Martinez Garcia

Department of Biology
Thomas Merritt

Thomas Merritt

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Kabwe Nkongolo

Kabwe Nkongolo

Department of Biology
Abdelwahab Omri

Abdelwahab Omri

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Charles Ramcharan

Charles Ramcharan

School of the Environment
Peter Ryser

Peter Ryser

Department of Biology
Mazen Saleh

Mazen Saleh

Department of Biology
Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Department of Biology
Graeme Spiers

Graeme Spiers

School of the Environment