Research Faculty     Teaching Faculty     Emeriti     Associate Members     Adjunct Members

Abraham, Ninan

Associate Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


The development, maintenance and proper functioning of T- and B-cells are essential for the survival of mammals in a pathogen-ridden environment. Their absence results in inherited or acquired immunodeficiency,..

More »

Adamson, Martin

Professor: Evolution


My research concerns evolutionary biology of parasites with particular, but not exclusive reference to nematodes, and is a marriage of ecology and phylogenetic systematics. Morphological and molecular..

More »

Altshuler, Douglas

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor: Comparative Physiology

(604) 827-5361

Our research program concerns the integrative biology of animal flight. We use mechanistic approaches in the laboratory to study aerodynamics and motor control. Our comparative studies involve neuroethology, and ecological and evolutionary physiology.

More »

Angert, Amy

Assistant Professor: Ecology, Evolution


We investigate the evolutionary ecology of geographic distributions: What limits adaptation at the edges of species' ranges? Why do species vary dramatically in range size? How will ranges shift in response to climate change?

Auld, Vanessa

Professor, Associate Dean of Science: Cell and Developmental Biology

604-822-1977 (Zoology) 604-822-4213 (Associate Dean)

My research program investigates the roles that glia play in the development and function of the nervous system. Glia are known to fulfill a number of important functions during nervous system development...

More »

AvilÚs, Leticia

Professor: Ecology, Evolution


I am interested in elucidating the forces responsible the association of lower level units into higher levels of organization and the consequences of such associations on the structure and dynamics of..

More »

Brauner, Colin J.

Professor: Comparative Physiology


The primary goal of my research program is to investigate environmental adaptations (both mechanistic and evolutionary) in relation to gas-exchange, acid-base balance and ion regulation in fish.

More »

Brock, Hugh W.

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


My lab studies how cells pass on gene expression patterns to their daughter cells (maintenance). We use genetic and molecular techniques to study maintenance in fruit flies. Failure of maintenance leads to cancer and abnormal development.

More »

Brodie, Jedediah

Assistant Professor: Ecology

Ecology and conservation of mammals and plant-animal interactions such as zoochorous seed dispersal; impacts of climate change, hunting, and other anthropogenic stressors on tropical forests and wildlife.

Close, David

Assistant Professor (Fisheries and Zoology): Ecology

The Aboriginal Fisheries Unit combines traditional ecological knowledge and modern science to support more effective ecosystem and aquatic resource management. I employ a multidisciplinary approach,..

More »

Crutsinger, Gregory

Assistant Professor: Ecology


My research focuses on the links between plant trait variation, species diversity of associated above- and belowground community members, and ecosystem processes such as primary production, nutrient cycling, and invasion resistance.

Doebeli, Michael

Professor: Ecology, Evolution


Research interests: mathematical ecology and evolution, evolution of diversity, evolution of cooperation, adaptive dynamics, game theory, experimental evolution in E. coli

More »

Farrell, Tony

Chair, Sustainable Aquaculture and Professor, Zoology and Land and Food Systems: Comparative Physiology


Research Interests: integrative and comparative animal physiology, cardiorespiratory dynamics, myocardial oxygen supply, coronary physiology and coronary pathology, blood flow regulation, salmon migratory..

More »

Gordon, Michael

Assistant Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology

I use molecular genetics, imaging, and behaviour to explore the organization, function, and development of neural circuits that process sensory information in the fruit fly brain.

More »

Harley, Christopher

Associate Professor: Ecology, Evolution


I'm interested in why plants and animals live where they live, and how their distributions will shift as a result of global climate change. Specifically, I study how abiotic forces, such as temperature, and biological relationships, such as predation and

More »

Irwin, Darren

Professor: Ecology, Evolution


Our research is directed toward understanding how new species arise, how geographical variation within species is produced, and how behaviors evolve. We study carefully chosen model systems using an integrative..

More »

Jankowski, Jill

Assistant Professor: Ecology

My research is centered on the ecology of tropical and temperate bird communities, particularly on the influence of abiotic and biotic interactions on range boundaries, community assembly and diversity.

Leander, Brian

Professor: Evolution


Evolutionary morphology; marine protozoology and invertebrate zoology; molecular phylogenetics; electron microscopy; macroevolution; systematics.

More »

Li, Yue-Xian

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


Modern biotechnology makes it possible to measure variations of crucial indicators of living cells in real time. These indicators include the difference of electrical potential across cellular membranes..

More »

Maddison, Wayne

Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity and Professor: Ecology, Evolution


My research arose from a fascination with the diversity of forms and behaviours of jumping spiders, which led to systematics, which led to phylogenetic theory and computer programming. My work continues..

More »

Matsuuchi, Linda

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology

604-822-4881 (research)

My lab is interested in understanding the cell signaling of specific membrane receptors, combining aspects of Cell Biology, Immunology , Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Structure and function of the..

More »

Matthews, Philip

Assistant Professor: Comparative Physiology


My lab primarily studies the respiratory adaptations of insects. In particular my research program is focused on exploring and understanding the gas exchange strategies used by aquatic insects and the gas exchange patterns displayed by terrestrial insects

More »

Milsom, William K.

Professor: Comparative Physiology


Work in my lab is directed at determining the physiological basis of biodiversity in vertebrates. What are the physiological adaptations that individual species possess that allow them to live in different..

More »

Mizumoto, Kota

Assistant Professor - Starting January 1, 2015: Cell and Developmental Biology

My research interest is to understand how neurons communicate with each other to form functional neurocircuits. We use C. elegans as a genetic model system.

More »

Moerman, Don

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


Our laboratory is interested in the formation and function of muscle in the free-living nematode C. elegans. Muscle sarcomere assembly is a highly orchestrated affair involving several proteins. The steps..

More »

O'Connor, Mary

Assistant Professor: Ecology

I use experiments and models to study the influence of environmental temperature on the dynamics of ecological communities. I also study the effects of changing predator diversity in the ocean, and the consequences of invasive species in marine habitats.

More »

Otto, Sarah (Sally)

Professor of Zoology and Director, Centre for Biodiversity Research: Evolution


I am a full professor in the Department of Zoology, studying population genetics and evolutionary biology. I develop and analyse mathematical models to study how populations change over time. The aim of..

More »

Pante, Nelly

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


My laboratory studies one of the fundamental molecular trafficking pathways within the cell: bidirectional transport of macromolecules between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. To investigate this problem..

More »

Parfrey, Laura Wegener

Assistant Professor: Ecology, Evolution


My lab studies the ecology of microbial eukaryotic communities and their interactions with bacteria. Currently we are working in two systems: the transition between marine and freshwater microbial communities and the human gut microbiome.

More »

Pauly, Daniel

Professor and Director, Fisheries Centre: Ecology, Evolution


Dr. Pauly became a professor at UBC’s Fisheries Centre in 1994, after many years at the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resource management (ICLARM); now WorldFish Center, then in Manila,..

More »

Pitcher, Tony

Professor: Ecology


From January 1993 to July 2004, Professor Pitcher was the founding Director of the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where he holds an appointment as Professor of Fisheries...

More »

Ramer, Matt

Associate Professor (Zoology/Neurosurgery): Cell and Developmental Biology


My laboratory is interested in primary sensory nerve cells (neurons), which are responsible for the transmission of somatic (bodily) sensations such as touch, pain, hot, cold and so on from the periphery..

More »

Redfield, Rosemary J.

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


Natural competence, the ability of many bacteria to take up DNA from their surroundings, raises a number of important questions: How are inflexible and highly charged DNA molecules transported across membranes?..

More »

Richards, Jeffrey

Professor: Comparative Physiology


The primary goal of my research program is to understand the adaptive significance of the mechanisms coordinating cellular responses to stress. Specifically, I am interested in the physiological, biochemical,..

More »

Roskams, Jane

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


"Never doubt that a small thoughtful group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" -Margaret Mead My lab is interested in the regulation of normal..

More »

Schluter, Dolph

Professor, Canada Research Chair: Ecology, Evolution


My research investigates the ecological forces responsible for the origin and persistence of species and the evolution of differences between them in resource use, body form, and mating preferences. I..

More »

Schulte, Patricia

Professor: Comparative Physiology, Evolution


The work in my laboratory is integrative, using approaches including physiology, genomics, and population genetics to understand the physiological adaptations that allow animals to live in particular environments.

More »

Shadwick, Robert

Head of the Department, Professor, and Canada Research Chair in Physiology: Comparative Physiology


My research program on integrative biomechanics addresses the general question of how organisms deal with physical challenges at the level of systems and structures. We study the biomechanics of locomotor systems in fishes, as well as the biomechanical ba

More »

Snutch, Terry

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


Molecular biology of the nervous system: structure and function of neurotransmitter receptors and ion channels: signal transduction in the hippocampus. We are interested in studying the molecular mechanisms..

More »

Srivastava, Diane

Professor: Ecology


I do experimental field research in community ecology. My research interests are fairly broad but center around the ecology of species diversity. In particular, my research addresses four key questions: 1...

More »

Steeves, John

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


John Douglas Steeves was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1952. He completed his doctorate (Neuroscience / Physiology) from the University of Manitoba, School of Medicine in 1978 and then completed a fellowship..

More »

Taylor, Eric B. (Rick)

Professor and Director, Beaty Biodiversity Museum: Ecology, Evolution


Ecological and molecular approaches to understanding the origins and persistence of biodiversity, mostly at the population and species level in fishes. Application of this understanding of how biodiversity originates to its conservation.

More »

Tetzlaff, Wolfram

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


Research in Dr. Tetzlaff's laboratory is focused on neural development and regeneration, working towards an understanding of the failure of the spinal cord to regenerate after spinal cord injury, with..

More »

Whitlock, Michael

Professor: Evolution


My research focuses on evolution in structured populations: What are the forces which control the nature and distribution of genotypes in subdivided populations and how does this affect the outcome of..

More »

Teaching Faculty     Research Faculty     Emeriti     Associate Members     Adjunct Members

Berezowsky, Craig

Senior Instructor


My position is to coordinate and teach Biol 234/334 (Introductory Genetics) and Biology 335 (Molecular Genetics), as well as Biology 344 (Human Genetics).

Bole, Greg


604-822-3291 (1026 BioSci)

I am an Instructor in the Departments of Zoology and Botany and recipient of the 2007/08 Killam Teaching Award for Science Instructors. My area of interest is Evolutionary Biology.

Chen, Liane

Senior Instructor


My background is in cellular and molecular biology, and I am also interested in research on evidence-based learning and best practices in teaching expert skills and attitudes in science.

Couch, Brett



Areas of experience: Biology laboratory and course development, genetics, molecular biology, mycology, molecular phylogenetics.

Ellis, Shona

Associate Head, Biology


As Associate Head of Biology my responsibilities include overseeing the Biology Office and advising/assisting the Botany and Zoology Department Heads with undergraduate issues such as teaching assignments and curriculum planning.

Goodey, Wayne

Lecturer/Ecology Lab Coordinator


Lecturer in a variety of subjects, with a primary interest in behavioural ecology. I do not maintain a research laboratory, but I am available for supervision of Directed Studies projects.

Harris, Robert



I lecture in Human Physiology & Anatomy, as well as Comparative Physiology. Currently I am involved in several research colaborations. I do not maintain an independent research lab, but am available to supervise directed studies students.

Kalas, Pamela



Whether I am teaching a large first year lecture, a specialized upper-level seminar-style course, in a classroom or in a laboratory, my ultimate goals are to stimulate curiosity and critical thinking, and to help students become independent learners.

More »

Klenz, Jennifer

Instructor, Cell and Developmental Biology


I did my graduate and postdoctoral research in the field of Developmental Genetics studying genes needed to make flowers in Arabidopsis thaliana and genes involved in making the nervous system of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster. I now teach genetics.

More »

Lacombe, Agnes

Senior Instructor


Helping students to develop proficiency in the following skills: Application of rigorous scientific methodology; Management of information; Integrating new information; Communication; and Independence

Leander, Celeste

Senior Instructor, Science One Program


I am heavily involved in student directed and experiential learning. With Pam Kalas, I am modeling a “flipped classroom” in a large section of Biol 121 this term.

More »

McIntyre, Gordon

Sessional Lecturer

Biology 300 - Summer

Nomme, Kathy

Senior Instructor


As a Senior Instructor in the First Year Biology Program I am involved in various aspects of Science Education including curriculum revision, course design, teaching and research into teaching and learning.

More »

Norman, Lynn

Sessional Lecturer


First year biology

O'Neill, Angie



I am involved in teaching, course development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. In both lab and lecture classes I encourage students to develop problem solving skills while exploring the relationship between animal structure and function.

More »

Pollock, Carol

Professor of Teaching and Director of First Year Biology


As the Director of First-year Biology I am very interested in the successful transition of students from high school to university. My interests are in curriculum development, motivating self-regulated learning, peer teaching, and inquiry-based learning.

More »

Sun, Chin

Sessional Lecturer


First year Biology.

Zeiler, Kathryn

Senior Instructor


While I am interested in all areas of biological inquiry, I am most attracted to cell and molecular biology. Thus, I am fortunate to have been tasked with the development of new third year cell and molecular biology laboratory courses.

Emeriti     Research Faculty     Teaching Faculty     Associate Members     Adjunct Members

Berger, James D.

Professor Emeritus: Cell and Developmental Biology


Protistology - Regulation of cell cycle and life history in ciliates My laboratory has been been studying the physiological and genetic control of events in the cell cycle and sexual pathway of..

More »

Blake, Robert W.

Professor Emeritus: Comparative Physiology


To date my research has focused on integrating morphological, physiological, behavioural and ecological aspects of the biology of aquatic animals in the context of biomechanics. Most of my work has been..

More »

Carefoot, Thomas H.

Associate Professor Emeritus

Gass, C. Lee

Professor Emeritus


How do animals use information about themselves and their environments? How intelligent are they in using it? What kinds of memory are important, and what constrains the use of it? How does cognition function..

More »

Gosline, John

Emeritus Professor: Comparative Physiology


My research field is comparative biomechanics, concentrating on the design of structural materials in animal skeletons and on the mechanics of locomotion in soft-bodied animals. Biomaterials Our..

More »

Grigliatti, Thomas

Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


Genes that encode non-histone chromosomal proteins: The modulation of chromatin domains is the first step in the regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes. Yet the assembly of DNA and proteins into..

More »

Holm, David G.

Professor Emeritus

Kasinsky, Harold E.

Associate Professor Emeritus


Why is there such a diversity of sperm nuclear basic proteins in animals, plants, protozoans and algae? In somatic cells, evolutionarily conservative histones combine with DNA to form nucleosomes, fundamental..

More »

Krebs, Charles J.

Professor Emeritus: Ecology


Many vole and lemming populations fluctuate cyclically reaching peak populations every 3-4 years. Since 1959 I have been trying to find out what drives these cycles. Dennis Chitty suggested in 1960 that..

More »

Lewis, Alan G.

Professor Emeritus

Liley, N.Robin

Professor Emeritus

Lindsey, Casimir C.

Professor Emeritus

Ludwig, Donald

Professor Emeritus

McPhail, J. Donald

Professor Emeritus

Myers, Judith

Professor Emerita: Ecology, Evolution


My research interests include the theory and practice of biological control of insects and plants, population ecology of insects, ecology of invasive plants and the ecological and evolutionary factors influencing Bt resistance and NPV dynamics

More »

Neill, W.E.

Professor Emeritus

Nordon, Harold C.

Professor Emeritus

Parsons, Timothy

Professor Emeritus

Perks, Anthony M.

Professor Emeritus

Randall, David J.

Professor Emeritus: Comparative Physiology

Scudder, Geoffrey G.E.

Professor Emeritus

Sinclair, Anthony R.E.

Professor Emeritus: Ecology


In general my research programme is directed towards testing formal models in ecosystem dynamics using large-scale natural or semi-natural experiments. I am concerned that the results of my work are of..

More »

Suzuki, David

Professor Emeritus

c/o The David Suzuki Foundation
Vancouver, BC V6K 4S2

Walters, Carl

Professor: Ecology


Carl Walters Dr. Carl Walters (E-mail) B. Sc. (Humboldt State), M. Sc., Ph.D. (Colorado State University) Dr Walters is a Professor at the Fisheries Centre whose areas of research include the development..

More »

Wehrhahn, Conrad

Associate Professor Emeritus

Associate Members     Research Faculty     Teaching Faculty     Emeriti     Adjunct Members

Arcese, Peter

Associate Member, Zoology; Professor, Department of Forest Sciences: Ecology, Evolution

(604) 822-1886

We address a wide range of questions related to the ecology and evolution of small populations and the indirect effects of humans on the ecology, evolution and conservation of bird, mammal and plant populations

Chan, Kai M.A.

Associate Member: Ecology, Evolution


I am a Canada Research Chair (tier 2) and assistant professor in IRES at UBC. I do research in two main areas: (1) superabundance (invasions and infestations), and (2) ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation.

More »

Cheung, William

Associate Member, Fisheries

My main research is on understanding the impacts and vulnerabilities of global changes on biodiversity (mainly fishes), marine ecosystems and fisheries and identifying mitigation and adaptation options.

Christensen, Villy

Associate Member: Ecology


Villy Christensen is an ecosystem modeler with a background in fisheries research. His research focus has since 1990 been centered on understanding how human exploitation impacts marine ecosystems, and..

More »

Hauert, Christoph

Associate Member, Mathematics UBC: Ecology, Evolution

(604) 827 5822

Research interests: evolution of cooperation, evolutionary dynamics, structured populations, social networks, game theory, adaptive dynamics

More »

Hinch, Scott

Associate Member, Forest & Conservation Sciences: Ecology


My research focuses on the ecology of Pacific salmon and the use of these species to explore hypotheses about strategies for reproduction, energy allocation, and habitat choice in fishes. The variety..

More »

Hodges, Karen

Associate Member, Biology, UBC Okanagan: Ecology


Human activities are causing species extinctions, extensive loss of habitats, damage to existing wild areas, and global-scale climate changes that are altering the distribution, abundance, and survival..

More »

Jefferies, Wilfred A.

Associate Member: Cell and Developmental Biology

Six areas of cell biology research being pursued in Dr. Jefferies' group. i) Localizing by molecular biological techniques the segments of MHC Class I proteins which control their rate of intracellular..

More »

Kwon, Brian

Associate Member, ICORD: Cell and Developmental Biology


Dr. Kwon’s primary research interest is in spinal cord injury.

Martell, Steven

Associate Member, Fisheries: Ecology


Research in my lab is in the area of quantitative fisheries stock assessment. We use computer models for estimating direct impacts of fisheries on individual fish stocks and indirect impacts of fisheries..

More »

McAllister, Murdoch

Associate Member, Fisheries

Developing and applying Bayesian statistical methods for fisheries risk assessment, estimation, decision analysis and management strategy evaluation. Applying Bayesian methods to fisheries stock assessment and providing quantitative decision support to NG

O'Connor, Timothy

Associate Member: Cell and Developmental Biology, Comparative Physiology

Dr. O'Connor's lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms that underlie neuronal growth and guidance during embryonic development. Elucidation of these developmental processes should direct enhanced..

More »

Raverty, Stephen

Associate Member of Zoology: Comparative Physiology


I investigate what pathogens might be responsible for the death of animals, and then consider what those findings reveal about the transmission of pathogens through ecosystems, e.g. the transfer of terrestrial pathogens to the marine environment.

Reid, Scott

Associate Member, Biology, UBC Okanagan: Comparative Physiology


Scott is a member of the University of British Columbia faculty at the Okanagan campus (UBC Okanagan). Scott, born, raised and educated in Southern Ontario was lured to the west, to live amongst the mountains..

More »

Richardson, John

Associate Member, Forest & Conservation Sciences: Ecology


Our research program addresses questions related to the mechanisms that structure stream and riparian area communities, and how various land-use practices affect those systems. In natural communities there..

More »

Soma, Kiran

Associate Member: Cell and Developmental Biology, Comparative Physiology


Neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, and neuroethology. Publications:

More »

Trites, Andrew

Associate Member, Fisheries: Ecology


Dr Trites is a Professor and Director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit in the Fisheries Centre. He is also the Research Director for the North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium,..

More »

Turkington, Roy

Associate Member, Botany: Ecology

(604) 822-2141

I am an experimental field ecologist with focus on two primary questions: (i) how are plant communities structured, and (ii) how do they function?

Vincent, Amanda

Associate Member; Director of Project Seahorse: Ecology


Dr. Amanda Vincent is driven by a determination to protect our oceans. As well as tackling research on pressing problems, Dr. Vincent also mobilizes conservation action to improve the status of marine..

More »

Yun, Sang-Seon

Associate Member, Fisheries

My research is focused on biochemical characterization of bio-molecules that are important for biological processes of marine invertebrates and fish. These include starfish, neuropeptides and sea lamprey pheromones and hormones.

Adjunct Members     Research Faculty     Teaching Faculty     Emeriti     Associate Members

Barrett-Lennard, Lance

Adjunct Professor; Vancouver Aquarium: Ecology


I am interested in the conservation of small populations, inter- and intra-specific variation in animal social systems, mechanisms of sympatric and parapatric speciation, the effects of competition and..

More »

Devlin, Robert

Adjunct Professor: Cell and Developmental Biology


  Area of Expertise/Interest: General Genetics Gene Structure and Function Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Endocrinology Brief Outline of Research, Etc.: A recent focus of research..

More »

Ford, John K.B.

Adjunct Professor; Research Scientist, Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries & Oceans Canada: Ecology


My research primarily involves the behavioural ecology, social dynamics and acoustic behaviour of cetaceans. Although I work with a variety of cetacean species, my main focus has been the populations of killer whales that inhabit the BC coast.

More »

Goheen, Jake

Adjunct Professor; Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming: Ecology

My research interests lie at the nexus of conservation biology and community ecology.

Iwama, George

Affiliate Member; Professor, Provost and Vice-CEO, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. Okinawa, Japan: Comparative Physiology

My research interests have spanned areas from ionic and acid-base regulation, to the stress response of fishes. We have applied our science to aquaculture and various environmental issues around the world...

More »

Johannsson, Ora

Adjunct Professor: Comparative Physiology

Dr. Johannsson is an emeritus scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Her area of expertise is in lower trophic level ecology and aquatic ecosystem health and management.

Lee, Lucy

Affiliate Member; Dean, Faculty of Science, University of the Fraser Valley: Comparative Physiology

I am a fish cell biologist and my expertise is in developing fish cell lines for biomedical, biotechnical applications in wide areas including fish physiology, aquatic toxicology, fish parasitology, fish health, fish nutrition and fish endocrinology.

Lynn, Denis

Adjunct Professor: Comparative Physiology

My research is broadly focused on the biology of ciliated protozoa. I am interested in explaining how they function as unicellular organisms, exploring their role in a variety of ecosystems and describing their adaptive diversity and evolution.

Shurin, Jonathan

Adjunct Professor; Associate Professor - UC San Diego: Ecology

Dr. Shurin studies the causes and consequences of variation in species diversity, the flow of energy between producers and consumers, and the impacts of predators on the functioning of ecosystems.

Theilmann, David

Adjunct Professor; Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Cell and Developmental Biology

Molecular basis of baculovirus pathogenesis and virulence. Regulation of viral gene expression. Baculovirus genomics. Insect molecular biology. Development of novel biological control agents. Insect cell protein expression systems.

Vellend, Mark

Adjunct Professor: Ecology

Ecology, evolution and conservation – especially of plants.

More »

Wood, Christopher

Adjunct Professor: Comparative Physiology

Our research examines the transport of ions and metals such as copper (Cu) and sodium (Na) across the ionoregulatory and nutrient uptake surfaces of aquatic animals. Our work focuses on both organismal physiology and environmental toxicology.