Faculty

Head of Department: Dr. Brian Wilson


Eric Alcorn
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Ph. 902-585-1721
Room 335
Eric Alcorn, M.Sc.
Instructor | (On sabbatical 1-Jul-2015 to 31-Dec-2015)

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 1813/1823 Human Biology
BIOL 1853/1863 Applied Human Biology

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 aquatic and terrestrial 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 lynx prey habitat use, squid and lady crab demographics, and 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 4113 Fish Biology & Fisheries
BIOL 5023 Research Methods II

Soren Bondrup-Nielsen
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Ph. 902-585-1424
Room 432
Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, Ph.D.
Professor

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

Helene d'Entremont
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Ph. 902-585-1729
Room 333
Hélène d'Entremont, M.Sc.
Instructor | Health Science Advisor | (On sabbatical 1-Jul-2015 to 31-Dec-2015)

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 & Environmental Microbiology

Health Science Option

Russell Easy
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Ph. 902-585-1156
Room 331
Russell Easy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

I am a comparative biologist with broad research interests. My research experience is in exploring changes in target molecules of organisms in response to stress, molecular characterization of animal pathogens, effects of parasitic manipulation, and determinants of fish health. My passion for science and the marine environment are the driving forces that lead my future research directions toward a continued exploration into the health of marine animals utilizing new and developing technologies. I am particularly interested in exploring the effects of environmental stressors on elasmobranchs utilizing proteomic tools.

Courses
BIOL 2013 Cell & Molecular Biology
BIOL 2023 Principles of Genetics
BIOL 3113 Vertebrate Diversity
BIOL 3633 Topics in Cell Biology
BIOL 3613 Molecular Genetics & Genomics

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, epigenetics and regeneration. We work primarily with marine invertebrates and especially polychaetes, small animals that are abundant in the Minas Basin and have a rich diversity in of developmental patterns. We use a variety of approaches including microscopy (e.g., confocal, Scanning Electron Microscopy), histology and larval ecology. We are particularly interested in how maternal environment influences the development of young.

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.
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. Insights from these studies are ultimately applied to the management of insect pests of forestry and agriculture.

Courses
BIOL 3883 Chemical Ecology
BIOL 4153 Entomology
BIOL 4443 Comparative Animal Physiology

Juan Carlos Lopez
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Ph. 902-585-1328
Room 224
Juan Carlos López, Ph.D.
Instructor

My job is to teach and coordinate the introductory biology laboratories. In these laboratories learners, along with a team of instructors and teaching assistants, explore different aspects of how organisms interact with their environment. I am a soil microbial ecologist, as such; I am interested in the role of the microorganisms that dwell in and around the plant roots. I am particularly interested in the area of direct influence of plant roots on the surrounding soil, known as the rhizosphere. In my research, I incorporate molecular tools, microbiology and more traditional biochemical techniques to explore the role of soil microorganisms in ecosystem function.

Courses
BIOL 1110L Organisms and Their Environment 1 Laboratory
BIOL 1120L Organisms and Their Environment 2 Laboratory

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

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 1813 Applied Human Biology 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 Mockform
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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 4613 Topics in Genetics
BIOL 4833 Conservation Genetics
BIOL 5033/5043/5053 Advanced Topics in Gradaute Biology

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 (Retired)

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 stressors affect organisms' ecology. My lab and I work primarily with birds (mostly tree swallows and Leach's storm-petrels) and honey bees, but we make occasional forays into other systems. My publication list provides more detailed context.

Courses
*BIOL 1113 Organisms & Their Environment
*BIOL 3013 Natural History (2-week field course on Bon Portage island)
BIOL 3033 Principles of Ecology
BIOL 3123 Host-parasite Ecology
BIOL 3143 Animal Behaviour
*BIOL 4163 Ornithology

*not teaching in 2015-16

Todd Smith
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Ph. 902-585-1400
Room 334
Todd Smith, Ph.D.
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

Marty Snyder
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Marty Snyder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Retired)

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.

 

 

 

Don Stewart
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Ph. 902-585-1391
Room 434
Don Stewart, Ph.D.
Professor | (On sabbatical 1-Jan-2016 to 30-Jun-2016)

I am an evolutionary biologist and I use DNA sequence data to study processes of molecular evolution and molecular systematics in a variety of organisms. I am particularly interested in the unusual system of "doubly uniparental inheritance² of mitochondrial DNA in bivalves, in the phylogeography/historical biogreography of various species in Atlantic Canada, and in the adaptive molecular evolution of digestive enzymes in shrews. I also collaborate with others in the department on the population genetics of coyotes, black bears, skates, striped bass, and purple sandpipers.

Courses
BIOL 1123 Organisms & Their Environment II
BIOL 4023 Intellectual Origins of Modern Biology
BIOL 4463 Evolution
BIOL 4673 Markers: Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 5033 Advanced Topics in Graduate Biology III

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 | Director, Weston Animal Care Facility

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 | (On sabbatical 1-Jul-2015 to 30-Jun-2016)

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 3033 Principles of Ecology
*BIOL 5023 Research Methods II

* not teaching in 2015-16

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

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.

Allison Walker
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Ph. 902-585-1333
Room 435
Allison Walker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

I study the taxonomy and ecology of fungal endophytes of coastal and marine plants. Research in my lab includes collecting in seagrass, saltmarsh, intertidal, and Acadian forest habitats and traditional culture-based and microscopic identification of fungi, combined with modern molecular phylogenetic and ITS barcoding methods, DNA community fingerprinting, qPCR probe design and genomics. Recent collaborative projects have discovered a new fungal species Ophiognomonia acadiensis and a new source of the antifungal compound griseofulvin, both from Canada’s Acadian forest.

Courses
BIOL 1123 Organisms & Their Environment II
BIOL 3243 Plant Growth & Development
BIOL 3663 Introductory Mycology
BIOL4673 Markers: Ecology & Evolution

Brian Wilson
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Ph. 902-585-1295
Room 106
Brian Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor | Department Head

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

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