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September 9, 2014

Welcome to our new grad students starting this September 2014:

  • Dan Durston (El-Sabaawi Lab, MSc)
  • Jasem Estakhr (Nashmi Lab, MSc)
  • Aharon Fleury (Juanes Lab, MSc)
  • Jessica Holden (Juanes Lab, MSc)
  • Gerry Holmes (Constabel Lab, MSc)
  • Laura Kennedy (El-Sabaawi and Junaes Labs, MSc)
  • Jillian Lemmen (Lacourse Lab, Msc)
  • Geoff Osgood (Baum Lab, MSc)
  • Giulia Rossi (Tunnicliffe Lab, MSc)
  • Mary Toews (Burton and Juanes Labs, MSc)
  • Di Wu (Chow Lab, MSc)

Congratulations to our grad students who defended Summer 2014:

  • Brenda hookham (MSc, Page Lab)
  • Amber Messmer (MSc, Koop Lab)
  • Travis Tai (MSc, Hintz Lab)

May 9, 2014

Congratulations to our grad students who defended Spring 2014:

  • Monica Ayala-Diaz (MSc, Anholt Lab)
  • Adrian Burrill (MSc, Baum Lab)
  • Cayla Naumann (MSc, Hintz Lab)
  • Lara Puetz (MSc, Taylor & Tunnicliffe Labs)
  • Ben Sutherland (PhD, Koop Lab)
  • Logan Wiwchar (MSc, Baum Lab)

April 2, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 undergraduate award winners!

Summer NSERC Undergraduate Science Research Award (USRA)

Felix Beaudry (Taylor Lab)
Nathan Bird (Perlman Lab)
Hannah Britton-Foster (Reimchen Lab) 
Marissa Davies (Lacourse Lab)
Alexandra Jamieson (Constabel Lab) 
Nora Penty (Nashmi Lab)
Maryann Watson (Baum Lab)

Winter 2015 NSERC Undergraduate Science Research Award (USRA)

Genoa Alger (von Aderkas Lab) 

Summer Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA)

Jason Chui (Christie Lab)
Jamie Diekson (von Aderkas Lab)
Adrianna Gunton (Swayne Lab)
Nova Hanson (Page Lab)
January 6, 2014

Welcome to our new grad students starting this January 2014:

  • Will Duguid  (Juanes Lab, PhD)
  • Erin Hornell  (Reimchen Lab, MSc)
  • Kimberley Kennedy  (El-Sabaawi Lab, MSc)
  • Tom Iwanicki (Taylor Lab, MSc)

January 3, 2014

Congratulations to our grad students who defended Fall 2013:

  • Katie Bell (MSc, Gregory lab)
  • Anne Berland (MSc, von Aderkas lab)
  • Graeme Dison-MacCallum (MSc, Gregory lab)
  • Amy Franklin (MSc, Constabel lab)
  • Jane Guo (PhD, Elthing lab)
  • Amber Paulson (MSc, Perlman and von Aderkas labs)

October 9, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Awatramani and family on the arrival of their beautiful daughter Arianna Bakhat Awatramani who was born on September 15, 2013 weighing 6.5lbs.  Best wishes

Awatramani baby


September 17, 2013

Congratulations to the Biology Undergraduate students’ who were awarded a 2013-14 Undergraduate In-course Scholarship

Curtis Curkan - John J. Dobrocky Scholarship

Christina Meschkat - Freeman F. King Scholarship

Robert Izett - Melburn-Brenton Scholarship

Jake Gambling - B. W. Pearse Science Scholarship: Biology

Alexandra Jamieson - Thetis Park Nature Sanctuary Association Scholarship

Rande Kanne - Bev Glover Memorial Scholarship

Nicholas Slater - Ian and Joyce McTaggart-Cowan Scholarship

Mary Elrick - Sheila Calvert Memorial Scholarship

Alexandra Jamieson - Victoria Rhododendron Society Pioneer Scholarship

Mary Elrick - Eric Ashby Memorial Prize in Biology

Jessica Holden - Maud Leveson-Gower Scholarship

Robert Izett - Charles Guiguet Book Prize

Esther Carmona - Chapman Memorial Scholarship

Scott Bell - Sinclair Farris Award

Kevin Robb - Allen P. James Scholarship

Mairin Deith - Harper Scholarship - Biology

Maryann Watson - Harper Scholarship - Biology

Jeremy Chan - Amelia Leith Memorial Scholarship


September 6, 2013

Welcome to our new grad students starting this fall:

Kennedy Boateng (Hawkins lab, PhD)
Robert  Bourdon (Dudas/Juanes labs, MSc)
Danielle Claar     (Baum lab, MSc)
Brenna Colicutt (Juanes lab, MSc)
Erika Dort            (Hintz lab, MSc)
Therese Frauendorf (El-Sabaawi lab, PhD)
Mark Hanson     (Perlman lab, MSc)
Christina Hodson (Perlman lab, MSc)
Daniel Macias    (Anholt lab, MSc)
Piata Marques  (El-Sabaawi lab, PhD)
Lisa Rodgers       (Mazumder lab, MSc)
Kara Ronellenfitch (Neuroscience Program, Awatramani lab, PhD)
Anne Schaffer   (Juanes lab, PhD)
Rebecca Westley (Constabel lab, PhD)


August 30, 2013

Congratulations to our grad students who defended this summer!

  • Stacy Boczulak (MSc, Hawkins & Roy labs)
  • Ian Boyes (MSc, Ehlting & von Aderkas labs)
  • Joyce Carneiro (PhD, Hintz lab)
  • Jenna Cragg (MSc, Burger & Gregory labs)
  • Nathalie Forget (PhD, Juniper lab)
  • Caroline Fox (PhD, Reimchen lab)
  • Tony Renda (MSc Neuroscience program, Nashmi lab)
  • Kara Ronellenfitch (MSc Neuroscience program, Chow lab)
  • Angela Seto (MSc Neuroscience program, Brown lab)
  • Christina Simkanin (PhD, Dower lab)
  • Alpha Wong (MSc, Constabel & Perlman labs)

August 29, 2013

Rickard Grant Houghton McCormick

CONGRATULATIONS to Drs. Barbara and Juergen Ehlting on the arrival of their beautiful little girl, Louise Amber Ehlting, 3.4 grams & 50 cm, born on July 8, 2013.

August 7, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Patrick Gregory who was recently awarded the Robert K. Johnson Award for Excellence in Service by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.  This award recognizes members of ASIH that perform exceptional service for the Society in memory of Bob Johnson whose service was exemplary.

March 19, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 undergraduate award winners!

Summer NSERC Undergraduate Science Research Award (USRA)

Mairin Deith (Baum Lab)
Kayla Feragen (Chow Lab)
Erin Hornell (Reimchen Lab)

Summer Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA)

Marissa Davies (Lacourse Lab)
Pam Dheri (Varela Lab)
Brett Hryciw (Christie Lab)
Spencer Thomson (Chow Lab)
Dustin Allison (Christie Lab)

March 1, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Mazumder, the second Canadian to ever receive the 2013 Ruth Patrick Award: an impressive recognition in the field of limnology, not just for Dr. Mazumder, but also for the Dept of Biology, UVic, BC and Canada.

December 14, 2012


CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Neville Winchester (Biology SLI & Geography Adjunct professor): just published in Science (December 14) Dr. Winchester is a coauthor (see Basset et al. and see the cover) of a paper that now provides a more reliable estimates of total arthropod species richness in a tropical rainforest in Panama. Arthropods are the most diverse group of terrestrial animal species, yet estimates of the total number of arthropod species have varied widely, especially for tropical forests.  Intensive sampling of a half hectare of forest yielded just over 6000 arthropod species. Scaling up this result to the whole forest suggests that the total species diversity lies between 23,000 and 35,000 species and that 17,000 species per hectare exist. For full article, visit:

October 24, 2012

Rickard Grant Houghton McCormick

CONGRATULATIONS to Laurie McCormick: Research Assistant for Dr. Allen on the arrival of her beautiful little boy, Rickard Grant Houghton McCormick, weighing 5 pounds 7.5 ounces, born on October 20, 2012.

June 13, 2012

Congratulations to Jessica Simpson (now Nathan), from Brian Christie's lab, for receiving the 2011 Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for outstanding MSc thesis!

May 22, 2012

Congratulations to graduate student, Jackson Chu (Dr. Tunnicliffe lab), whose paper was recently published in Invertebrate biology:

April, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS to the following grad students who successfully completed their degrees in the Spring 2012 term:

Jennifer Helfer (Christie) 

Tim Hurley (Mazumder) 

Irina Kassatenko (Hintz)

Jon LeBlanc (Hintz)

Webby Leung (Hintz)

Jacque St Laurent (Mazumder)

February, 2012


Shark researcher Julia Baum wins prestigious Sloan award. UVic biology professor and researcher Julia Baum was named among 126 recipients of the 2012 Sloan Fellowships, announced by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York last week. This is the first year the Sloan Award has included ocean sciences in this program.

February 05, 2012


CONGRATULATIONS to Kim Curry: Senior Lab Instructor on the arrival of her son, Oliver Matthew, weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces, born on February 5, 2012. A brother for Lilly.

February 01, 2012 Image

CONGRATULATIONS to Becky Metcalfe: Senior Lab Instructor on the birth of her beautiful little girl Hazel Jean Edgett, born Feb. 1, 2012 weighing 5 lbs and 8 oz.




January 09, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS to the following grad students who successfully completed their degrees in the Fall 2011 term:

Erica Jenkins (Mazumder)
Mike Price (Glickman)
Dani Sweetnam-Holmes (Brown)
Brendan Porter (Hawkins)
Candice St. Germain(Tunnicliffe)
Alison Edwards (Mazumder)
Matt Grey(Nahirney)

WELCOME to our new grad student:

Brenda Hookham (Page)

September 27, 2011

Dr. Patrick von Aderkas' book, Making Sense in the Life Sciences, is available from Oxford University Press. Co-authored with Margot Northey, the book is 100% Canadian and designed for students in the life sciences. It outlines general principles of style, grammar, and usage, while covering such topics as writing essays and lab reports, conducting research, evaluating Internet sources, using electronic journal databases, documenting sources, and preparing résumés and application letters.

September 26, 2011

Biology grad student, Amber Messmer (Koop), is mentioned in a recent Times Colonist article about the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Amber works with the scientific team sampling the ocean floor.

September 14, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2011-12 Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award winners:
Lauren Braun (Chow)
Elizabeth Hoffman (Lacourse)
Geoffrey Morris (Choy)

September 9, 2011

WELCOME to the 23 new grad students starting September 2011:

Annette Alber (Ehlting)
Juan Aldana (Hawkins)
Katherine Bell (Gregory)
Anne Berland (von Aderkas)
Stacey Boczulak (Hawkins)
Adrian Burrill (Baum)
Jackson Chu (Tunnicliffe)
Geoff deRosenroll (Delaney)
Graham Dixon-MacCallum (Gregory)
Amy Franklin (Constabel)
Finn Hamilton (Perlman)
Eric Hertz (Mazumder)
Jennifer Long (Varela)
Volodymyr Lugovskoi (Delaney)
Laura May (Lacourse)
Cayla Naumann (Hintz)
Amber Paulson (von Aderkas/Perlman)
Lara Puetz (Tunnicliffe/Taylor)
Angela Seto (Brown)
Philip-Edouard Shay (Constabel)
Travis Tai (Anholt)
Emily White (Christie)
Logan Wiwchar (Baum

September 2, 2011

WELCOME to our two new faculty members who started this week: DR. JULIA BAUM ( - PCH 105) and DR. FRANCIS JUANES ( - CUNN 066).

CONGRATULATIONS to the following grad students who successfully completed their degrees last term:
Allison Churcher (Taylor)
Rebecca Jantzen (Choy)
Laura May (Lacourse)
Katherine Middleton
Anita Narwani (Mazumder)
Katleen Robert (Juniper)
Graeme Roch (Sherwood)

July 21, 2011

Congratulations to former graduate student, Greg Owens (Taylor lab). His MSc work on how fish see above and underwater simultaneously is summarized in Scientific American and on Discovery News

July 13, 2011

The BC Government declared the 2010-2011 school year the "BC Year of Science", hoping to encourage young people to pursue an education in science in order to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. The goal is to engage young British Columbians in science by highlighting how science works and why it matters, who scientists are, and the kind of work they do. The UVic Faculty of Science is developing monthly science activities for BC youth as well as short interviews with UVic scientists. The June entry features Biology faculty member Dr. Terri Lacourse:

June 14, 2011

Congrats to Alpha Wong (Constabel and Perlman labs), for being awarded a prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGSM) in the latest competition.

May 6, 2011

Congratulations to the following Biology grad students who completed their degrees last term!

Branden Beatty (Glickman)
Alison Page (Page)
Jessica Simpson (Christie)

May 2, 2011

Congratulations to Biology’s TC10K team, "The Biology Bionics", for placing SECOND in the University Post-Secondary Education category!!

The team members were: Russ Chedgy (intrepid team leader) Rosemary Barlow, Dawna Brand, Peter Constabel, Cherisse Dupreez, Adam Fekete; Janice Gough, Blake Hodgin, Tim Hurley, Arielle Kobryn, Marcos Lagunas, Kara Ronellenfitch, Heather Stewart, Lin Sun, Ian Swan, Lynn Yip, Patrick von Aderkas, Kris von Schalburg.

Thanks to Russ Chedgy for putting the team together and picking up all the race gear!

April 18, 2011

Congratulations to Janice Gough (Admin Officer) , winner of inaugural 2011 Faculty of Science Service Excellence Award. Thanks to Janice for all her hard work in support of all the department’s teaching, research and outreach enterprises. As Janice steps down from her position as commanding officer, “Operation Cunningham KIP”, her troops in the department salute her efforts and look forward to working with her on the tasks ahead.

April 15 , 2011

Congratulations to Laura May, Dr. Lacourse's MSc studnet, who just won the 2011 Canadian Association of Palynologists Student Research Award for her research on the morphological differentiation of Alnus pollen from western North America.

April 5 , 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Lacourse & Dr. Constabel who's research is featured in the following 2 BC Year of Science websites:

March 22 , 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 undergraduate award winners!

Sam Ferguson
Tabitha Gaudet (Hawkins)
Molly Neil (Dower)
Geoffrey Morris (Nashmi)
Kieran Summerfeldt (Brown)
Christopher Yeker (Howard)

Robyn Cater
Susannah Jesse (von Aderkas)
Michael McLean (Choy)
Daniel Moller (Christie)
Torrance Oravec (Reimchen)

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