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The Department of Biological Sciences is the largest and one of the most diverse on campus in terms of the research interests of its academic staff. The Department currently has over 70 professors, 20 adjunct professors and 20 professors emeritus, along with a graduate student population of nearly 300 and 70 departmental support staff. Over 95% of the academic staff in the Department have NSERC or CIHR funding, with the average grant monies being in excess of $200,000 per investigator.
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  1. Grizzly Bear Data Set

    Title: Grizzly Bear Data Set
    Creator: Auger-Méthé, Marie
    Description: This the data associated with the manuscript: Auger-Méthé, M, AE Derocher, DA DeMars, MJ Plank, EA Codling, MA Lewis. Evaluating random search strategies in three mammals from distinct feeding guilds. Journal of Animal Ecology. In Press. The data is the step lengths and turning angles measured from caribou, grizzly bears, and polar bears.
    Subjects: Caribou, Grizzly bear, Polar bear, Movement, Step length, Turning angle
    Date Created: 2016/06/10
  2. Polar Bear Data Set

    Title: Polar Bear Data Set
    Creator: Auger-Méthé, Marie
    Description: This the data associated with the manuscript: Auger-Méthé, M, AE Derocher, DA DeMars, MJ Plank, EA Codling, MA Lewis. Evaluating random search strategies in three mammals from distinct feeding guilds. Journal of Animal Ecology. In Press. The data is the step lengths and turning angles measured from caribou, grizzly bears, and polar bears.
    Subjects: Caribou, Grizzly bear, Polar bear, Movement, Step length, Turning angle
    Date Created: 2016/06/10
  3. Caribou Data Set

    Title: Caribou Data Set
    Creator: Auger-Méthé, Marie
    Description: This the data associated with the manuscript: Auger-Méthé, M, AE Derocher, DA DeMars, MJ Plank, EA Codling, MA Lewis. Evaluating random search strategies in three mammals from distinct feeding guilds. Journal of Animal Ecology. In Press. The data is the step lengths and turning angles measured from caribou, grizzly bears, and polar bears.
    Subjects: Caribou, Grizzly bear, Polar bear, Movement, Step length, Turning angle
    Date Created: 2016/06/10
  4. Supplementary Thesis Materials

    Title: Supplementary Thesis Materials
    Creator: Liu, Qi
    Subjects: thesis appendices
  5. Moving beyond bioclimatic envelope models: integrating upland forest and peatland processes to predict ecosystem transitions under climate change in the western Canadian boreal plain

    Title: Moving beyond bioclimatic envelope models: integrating upland forest and peatland processes to predict ecosystem transitions under climate change in the western Canadian boreal plain
    Creator: Richard Schneider
    Description: By the end of this century, much of the climate space of western Canada’s boreal forest is expected to shift northwards and be replaced by climates that are currently associated with aspen forest, parkland and grassland ecosystems. In this study, we review the various processes that will mediate ecological responses to these projected changes in climate. We conclude that ecological transitions are unlikely to involve a gradual wave-like shift in ecotonal boundaries. Instead, we predict that ecological changes will lag substantially behind changes in climate and that individual ecosystem components will respond at different rates. In particular, if precipitation inputs are maintained as expected, then peatlands should exhibit considerable resilience to climate change and remain a dominant feature on the landscape in 2100. Because peatlands retain large amounts of water on the landscape their continued presence may in turn slow the rate of forest loss, especially the aspen component. Thus, ecological response to climate change in the western boreal region may involve a transition to a novel ecosystem that includes peatlands and aspen as dominant features – unlike anything that exists today. Moreover, this interim stage may remain in place well into the next century, potentially providing additional time for forest-dependent species to adapt.
    Subjects: Climate change; boreal forest; peatlands; bioclimatic envelope models
    Date Created: 2015
  6. Dissecting molecular evolution in the highly diverse plant clade Caryophyllales using transcriptome sequencing

    Title: Dissecting molecular evolution in the highly diverse plant clade Caryophyllales using transcriptome sequencing
    Creator: Yang, Ya
    Subjects: Caryophyllales, substitution rate heterogeneity , paleopolyploidy, RNA-seq
    Date Created: 2015/04/02
  7. Peptidomics of Circular Cysteine-Rich Plant Peptides: Analysis of the Diversity of Cyclotides from Viola tricolor by Transcriptome and Proteome Mining

    Title: Peptidomics of Circular Cysteine-Rich Plant Peptides: Analysis of the Diversity of Cyclotides from Viola tricolor by Transcriptome and Proteome Mining
    Creator: Hellinger, Roland
    Subjects: circular peptides, cystine-knot, transcriptome, peptidomics, Violaceae, ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides, natural products, mass spectrometry, 1KP
    Date Created: 2015/09/24
  8. Comparing the whole-genome-shotgun and map-based sequences of the rice genome

    Title: Comparing the whole-genome-shotgun and map-based sequences of the rice genome
    Creator: Yu, Jun
    Subjects: rice Genome
    Date Created: 2006/08/01
  9. Mouse transcriptome: Neutral evolution of ‘non-coding’complementary DNAs

    Title: Mouse transcriptome: Neutral evolution of ‘non-coding’complementary DNAs
    Creator: Wang, Jun
    Subjects: RNA genes
  10. Genome Biology : The Second Modern Synthesis

    Title: Genome Biology : The Second Modern Synthesis
    Creator: Yu, Jun
    Subjects: Genome