Faculty

Head of Department: Dr. Soren Bondrup-Nielsen


Eric Alcorn
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Ph. 902-585-1721
Room 224
Eric Alcorn, M.Sc.
Instructor

As an Instructor my duty is primarily teaching, which I greatly enjoy. I help provide the hands on, practical, one-on-one learning environment that sets Acadia apart from other universities. I supervise the laboratories for introductory biology and co-ordinate the first year program. I have been involved with field work and research on the endangered Blandings turtle since 1993, focusing mainly on nesting ecology. More recently I have become engaged in broader evolutionary questions concerning genetic determinism and the development of non-reproductive sexual behaviour. I am currently developing on-line versions of introductory biology where the real challenge is balancing the virtual teaching environment with the the biological environment.

Courses
BIOL 1113/1123 Organisms & Their Environment Intersession (summer)

 

Trevor Avery
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Ph. 902-585-1873
Room 410
Trevor Avery, Ph.D., P.Stat.
Adjunct Professor & Instructor

My primary tasks are teaching lectures and labs and helping students understand quantitative biology (numeracy, statistics, etc.). Secondarily, I research aquatic systems, and collaborate through biostatistics on other ecological projects. Currently, my students and I study population dynamics, conservation, stewardship and recreational angling of Striped Bass and two skate species (Winter and Little Skates), American Eel habitat use and population dynamics, introduced species (Smallmouth Bass and Chain Pickerel) and their effects on community structure using long-term datasets, and various smaller projects including the application of local ecological knowledge to conservation and management. As a biostatistician, I seek higher understanding in all things numerical.

Courses
BIOL 2070 Animal Diversity Labs
BIOL 2563 Marine Biology
BIOL 5013 Research Methods I

 

Soren Bondrup-Nielsen
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Ph. 902-585-1424
Room 432
Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, Ph.D.
Professor | Head of Biology

My research interests are broad ranging from natural history of beetles and birds in forested and agricultural landscapes to population studies focusing on movement of the Forked fungus beetle. I believe in active learning. What I mean by that is involving the students in discussions, debates, presentations, and writing critiques and essays. This way students have to use their heads while the course is being taught.

Courses
BIOL 1123 Organisms & Their Enviroment II
BIOL 4423 Conservation Biology

 

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Ph. 902-585-1729
Room 333
Hélène d'Entremont, M.Sc.
Instructor | Health Science Advisor

I'm Hélène (pronounced L.N.) and I'm the Instructor for Microbial Biodiversity (BIOL 2053) and Cell Biology (BIOL 2013).  I'm also the Health Sciences Advisor for Acadia and will help you with course selection, your schedule, and professional school information. If you just want to chat about your interests in any of the health sciences, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary (just to name a few), send me an email to set up an appointment.

Courses
BIOL 2050 Microbiology Labs
BIOL 3573 Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Health Science Option

 

Mike Dadswell
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Ph. 902-585-1161
Room 110
Mike Dadswell, Ph.D.
Professor

My research and publications include: the ocean migration patterns of Atlantic salmon, American shad and striped bass; the biology of Atlantic sturgeon, shortnose sturgeon and dogfish shark in Minas Basin and the Bay of Fundy; and the interaction of fishes and fisheries to anthropogenic changes such as the Canso Causeway and the development of tidal power. I have also been involved in sea scallop and American lobster management and research and developed sea scallop aquaculture in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

Courses
BIOL 1823 Human Biology
BIOL 3113 Vertebrate Diversity
BIOL 3843 Marine Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 4113 Ichthyology
BIOL 5223 Fisheries & Aquaculture
BIOL 5243 Fisheries Modeling & Management

 

Rodger Evans
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Ph. 902-585-1710
Room 433
Rodger Evans, Ph.D.
Professor | Director, E.C. Smith Herbarium

My particular interests include floral character evolution in the large flowering plant family Rosaceae (apples, cherries, roses, strawberries, raspberries, pears, peaches, plums, almonds, etc.) and the genus Vaccinium (blueberries, cranberries, etc).

The investigation of plant relationships (systematics) and the inference of common ancestry and evolution (phylogenetics) are important facets of understanding plant biology. Molecular sequence data from specific plant genes, morphological data (macro- and micro-) and ontogenetic data (plant, leaf, flower, fruit, and seed development) can alE.C. Smith Herbariuml be used to study plant systematics, phylogeny and evolution.

Courses
BIOL 2043 Biodiversity of Plants & Algae
BIOL 2553 Plants in the Modern World
BIOL 3073 Plant Anatomy
BIOL 3293 Flora of Nova Scotia
BIOL 4173 Specialized Microscopy Techniques

 

Glenys Gibson
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Ph. 902-585-1250
Room 108
Glenys Gibson, Ph.D.
Professor

I am a developmental biologist that investigates developmental plasticity and regeneration, with a particular interest in how changes in development can lead to evolutionary change. My lab uses a variety of approaches including microscopy (e.g., confocal, Scanning Electron Microscopy), histology and larval ecology. We focus primarily on marine invertebrates.

Courses
BIOL 3153 Principles of Development
BIOL 3163 Comparative Embryology
BIOL 3423 Histology 1
BIOL 3433 Histology 2
BIOL 4523 Histochemistry

 

Kirk Hillier
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Ph. 902-585-1314
Room 104
Kirk Hillier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

My lab's research is focused on a fundamental understanding of olfactory processing, and the relationship between odours and an animal's behaviour. More importantly, we look at the very basis of insect pheromone processing, developmental control of pheromone perception and related neuroanatomy, and the bases of physiological coding of odour blends within the insect brain. This includes investigations of learning and memory, and the effects of pharmacological agents on the insect nervous system.

Courses
BIOL 2813 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2823 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 4153 Entomology
BIOL 4443 Comparative Animal Physiology

 

Dave Kristie
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Ph. 902-585-1573
Room 331
Dave Kristie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (on sabbatical 1 July 2012 - 30 June 2013)

I am a botanist/physiologist with a broad range of interests in plant physiology, horticulture and cell biology. Current research in my lab involves collaboration with several industry and government partners aimed at understanding the mechanisms by which seaweed extracts produced in Canada and various companies around the world influence plant growth and crop production. A second major area of work is aimed at understanding how factors such as plant growth regulators, photoperiod and thermoperiod interact to control circadian rhythms in stem and leaf growth. This research involves using high-resolution sensors to measure plant growth rates on a minute to minute basis.

Courses
BIOL 2013 Cell Biology
BIOL 2043 Biodiversity of Plants & Algae
BIOL 3243 Plant Growth and Development
BIOL 3633 Topics in Cell Biology
BIOL 5413/5423 Tutorial in Plant Physiology I & II

 

Jose Lefebvre
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Ph. 902-585-1469
Room 406
Jose Lefebvre, M.Sc.

My area of research is conservation biology, specifically related to the herpetofauna. I'm looking at ways to understand the ecology and behavior of species at risk, to help their preservation and long-term survival.

Courses
BIOL 1110/1120 Organisms and Their Environment Labs

 

 

 

 

Mark Mallory
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Ph. 902-585-1798
Mark Mallory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor | Canada Research Chair Tier II

My interests are diverse, but centre around the ecology and health of coastal habitats. Most of my lab’s research is undertaken in the Canadian Arctic (Nunavut) or coastal Nova Scotia, with a particular focus on using birds to assess the condition of marine and coastal environments. Two particularly fertile areas of investigation are anthropogenic effects on coastal wetlands, and using telemetry and paleo-environmental techniques to link nutrient and contaminant transport from marine to coastal environments.

Courses
BIOL 3753 The Arctic Environment

 

 

Steve Mockford
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Ph. 902-585-1870
Room 412
Steve Mockford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

My primary interest is the management and recovery of species at risk. My students and I use a variety of genetic and field techniques to gain a better understanding of the distribution and ecology of threatened and endangered species primarily in Nova Scotia including Blanding’s turtles (Emydoidea blandingii), Eastern ribbonsnakes (Thamnophis sauritus), and Wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta).

Courses
BIOL 1113 Organisms & Their Environment I
BIOL 2020 Principles of Heredity Labs
BIOL 4613 Topics in Genetics
BIOL 5113/5123 Advanced Seminar in Ecology

 

 

Anna Redden
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Ph. 902-585-1732
War Memorial 142
Anna Redden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor | Director, Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research

 

CoursesAcadia Centre for Estuarine Research
BIOL 2073 Animal Diversity
BIOL 4543 Estuarine Ecology
BIOL 5013 Research Methods I

 

 

 

 

Ed Reekie
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Ed Reekie, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

I am a plant ecologist with particular interests in population biology and eco-physiology. My courses emphasize the development of critical thinking skills and utilize the many interesting local ecosystems through fieldtrips and the use of local materials and examples. I conduct research in a variety of areas including: the impact of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels on plant growth and development, the factors limiting the distribution and abundance of rare and endangered species, plant-insect interactions and the physiological basis for life history variation in plants.

 

Dave Shutler
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Ph. 902-585-1354
Room 430
Dave Shutler, Ph.D.
Professor | Director, Bon Portage Island (Field Station)

My interests centre on how parasites intervene in host ecology, and vice versa. My lab and I work with both birds (tree swallows and Leach's storm-petrels) and bees, with occasional forays into other systems. Within these systems, we study reproductive ecology, behaviour, and immunoecology.

Courses
BIOL 3013 Natural History (2-week field course on Bon Portage island)
BIOL 3123 Host-parasite Ecology
BIOL 3143 Animal Behaviour
BIOL 4163 Ornithology

Bon Portage Field Course (BIOL 3013)

 

Todd Smith
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Ph. 902-585-1400
Room 334
Todd Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
My research program involves investigating the coevolution of protozoan parasites and their vertebrate and invertebrate hosts. This research integrates aspects of morphology, physiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, cell biology and immunology to shed light on how the cellular interactions between parasites and host cells drive the evolution of parasite life cycles and the immune response of the host against these eukaryotic invaders. My teaching interests are varied, but all of the courses that I teach, including microbial diversity, eukaryotic microbiology, immunology and comparative immunology, reflect aspects of my research interests.

Courses
BIOL 2053 Microbial Biodiversity
BIOL 3553 Immunology
BIOL 3583 Eukaryotic Microbiology
BIOL 4453 Comparative Immunology

 

Marty Snyder
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Ph. 902-585-1333
Room 435
Marty Snyder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

My research interests are in molecular population genetics, molecular ecology, and molecular genetics. Particular interests include population and conservation genetics of species in Nova Scotia, and molecular evolution of the mitochondrial genome in scallops.

Courses
BIOL 1113 Organisms & Their Environment I
BIOL 3613 Genetics 1
BIOL 4613 Topics in Genetics

 

 

 

Don Stewart
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Ph. 902-585-1391
Room 434
Don Stewart, Ph.D.
Professor

I am an evolutionary biologist and I study molecular evolution and molecular systematics in bivalves and mammals. I am particularly interested in the unusual system of "doubly uniparental inheritance" of mitochondrial DNA in mussels and in the adaptive molecular evolution of digestive enzymes in shrews.

Courses
BIOL 1123 Organisms & Their Environment II
BIOL 4023 Intellectual Origins of Modern Biology
BIOL 4463 Evolution
BIOL 4673 Markers: Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 4123 Mammalogy

 

 

Mike Stokesbury
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Ph. 902-585-1195
Room 100
Mike Stokesbury, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor | Tier II Canada Research Chair in the Ecology of Coastal Environments

The focus of my research program is to quantify how anthropogenic disturbances in coastal ecosystems impact the spatial behaviour of fishes covering small to large spatial and temporal scales, may inflict mortality, and how such knowledge can be used to mitigate the negative effects of such activities on fish populations.

Courses
BIOL 3373 Aquatic Ecology

 

 

 

Phil Taylor
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Ph. 902-585-1287
11 Westwood #3
Phil Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor

I study how animals move through landscapes, and how movement influences population dynamics. I also work with several NGOs (Resilience Alliance; Bird Studies Canada) on conservation of social-ecological systems.

Courses
BIOL 1113 Organisms & Their Environment I
BIOL 5023 Research Methods II

 

 

 

 

Dan Toews
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Ph. 902-585-1409
Room 408
Dan Toews, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

My research interests are in comparative physiology of live amphibians. I am now semi-retired from research, but have studied the physiology of the lymphatic system, ionic and water movement across the skin and between internal body compartments, endocrinology of water and ion transport processes, acid-base regulation, and respiratory physiology in live, freely moving animals as they interact with their environment. I now teach Humann Biology to mostly non-biology majors.

Courses
BIOL 2813 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2823 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

 

 

Brian Wilson
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Ph. 902-585-1295
Room 106
Brian Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor | Director, Weston Animal Care Facility

My research program focuses on the role of relaxin family peptides and their receptors in the reproductive physiology of fish and the protection of neural tissue under ischemic stress.

Courses
BIOL 3063 Introductory Neuroscience
BIOL 3173 Vertebrate Physiology I
BIOL 3183 Vertebrate Physiology II