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On this page, you’ll find information about ecology as a discipline, what University of Alberta ecologists are researching, and the effect their work has.
Ecology is an area of biology that studies the interactions of organisms with one another and their environment.
Ecology is a broad field that investigates many topic areas. A degree in Ecology can take students on many career paths, including bioinformatics, environmental law, pest and disease management, wildlife conservation, and more.
Read some of the exciting news stories about UAlberta ecologists whose work is helping excavate Earth’s evolutionary mysteries.
New research by University of Alberta biologists examines the role of the endocannabinoid system in development
June 6, 2019
Marine biologists uncover clues about what makes invasive lionfish such effective predators on reefs in the Atlantic and Caribbean.
June 24, 2019
Small mammals, including weasels, mink, and chipmunks, are using vegetated medians for foraging in Canada.
March 28, 2019
Microscopic analysis shows feather mites may be beneficial to birds—not harmful, as previously thought.
February 7, 2019
Population research identifies need for safer, habitable public land for black bears.
December 19, 2018
University of Alberta biologists examine the impact of snowfall events on wolves in northeastern Alberta.
October 16, 2018
New research examines four decades of research on the ecology of the third largest national park in the United States.
October 23, 2018
Males, females, and females with cubs each respond differently to recreational trail use, study shows.
June 27, 2018
UAlberta biologists show that female seals have consistent personalities
June 19, 2018
Study provides new hope and insight into how polar bears may be responding to changing environments through evolution.
Meet Viktoria Wagner, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences who studies grasslands and non-native plants.
Professor Colleen Cassady St. Clair is a resident expert on human-wildlife conflict. Read about the work Colleen, the City of Edmonton, and the Urban Wildlife Information Network are doing to help discover ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist in urban areas.
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Coyotes in urban spaces like Edmonton are a growing concern for many ecologists.
In this clip, Maureen Murray (UAlberta PhD graduate from Biological Sciences) discusses her research with the Edmonton Urban Coyote Project to help prevent conflicts between coyotes and humans living in the capital city.
Many ecologists are concerned with how our rapid industrialization is affecting the world’s songbird population.
In this clip from the documentary, The Messenger, Erin Bayne (U of A biologist) discusses a widely held fear that we are changing the environment too quickly for birds to adapt.
Biologists and wildlife filmmakers work hard to observe and film animals in their natural habitat to better understand how they live and interact in their environment.
In this clip from CBC’s Wolverine: Ghost of the Northern Forest, Andrew Manske and Mark Boyce (U of A Professor of Ecology) talk about how observing wolverines to learn about their behaviour can help conservation efforts to protect these animals.
The Faculty of Science boasts many award-winning faculty, students, and alumni. Read about some of them in the stories below.
As a research institution, the University of Alberta boasts many collections, museums, and facilities to help enhance the education of our students. Check out all of the ecological resources we have to offer in the links below.
The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) tracks changes in Alberta’s wildlife and habitats across the province to provide relevant and scientifically credible information about Alberta’s flora and fauna. The Faculty of Science is proud to have faculty members Stan Boutin and Erin Bayne acting as co-directors in the organization.
The Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is a registered charity that champions the protection and conservation of wildlife, fish, and their habitats. They direct more than $10 million towards conservation programs across the province, and they endow a Chair position in Fisheries and Wildlife currently tenured by Mark Boyce, Professor of Ecology in the Faculty of Science.
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