Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences.  We are the largest department at the University of Alberta and one of the largest and most diverse biological sciences departments in North America.   I am proud of our international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.  Our professors, staff and graduate students, nearly five hundred of us, cover every aspect of the classical and modern science that is biology.  The Department has over 74 academic staff members who are training more than 270 graduate students with the help of 120 administrative, research and teaching staff.  The Department of Biological Sciences was formed in 1994 by the amalgamation of five smaller departments (Botany, Entomology, Genetics, Microbiology and Zoology).  In the last 14 years more than 35 professors have been recruited emphasizing our commitment to faculty renewal and the modernization of our resources.  Our undergraduate curriculum is noted for its leadership role in the Campus Alberta program and for its commitment to providing hands-on laboratory experience as an essential part of the undergraduate experience

Dr. Michael Caldwell

Excellence in scholarship is the foundation of any academic institution.  For a biologist, this means excellence in observing, interpreting and communicating knowledge and discoveries of phenomena in the natural world.  Learning and research in the Department of Biological Sciences is for you if you have an abiding interest in biological systems and a passion to understand what makes them “tick”, irrespective of scale.  If your imagination is captured by the complexities of molecular and cellular processes in model species like fruit flies, nematodes or zebra fish, our staff and students are discovering new things each and every day.  On the other hand, if you are fascinated by the ecological interactions between symbiotic plants and fungi or between predators and prey, we do that too.  From the misfolding of proteins to the ecology of long dead dinosaurs, from the very small to the very large, the research, collections and teaching in the Department of Biological Sciences explore them all – and are second to none.  I am proud to be a part of this excellent group of research, teaching, and administrative professionals at such a stimulating point in time.

I invite you to scroll through our webpages, visit our online museums, and to check out the profiles of our staff and students.  Feel free to inquire about possibilities for studying biology at either the undergraduate or graduate level by making contact with the Departmental CW312 Biological Sciences Building.

Dr. Michael W. Caldwell, Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta