Botany 332 students performing vegetation surveys at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

Current courses (Course Coordinator)

  • BIO 457 - Conservation Biology & Biodiversity. We take a broad look at conservation as it relates to life sciences, but also economics, politics, social science and psychology. This course prepares students for careers in conservation biology; covering topics from monitoring, demographics, habitat suitability models, conservation genetics and reserve design. The course also provides students a taste of what it might be like to work with stakeholders that have a range of values.



  • BIO 372 – Plant Ecology. Covering plant ecology topics such as pollination biology, global change, biomes, ecosystem processes etc. Course was developed with labs covering statistical design and vegetation survey techniques.


  • BIO 121 Introduction Zoology (labs). Introduction to major animal groups, their anatomy and physiology. 

  • BIO 202 - Ecology. Introduction to broad ecological concepts and topics for both animals and plants in terrestrial and aquatic settings.

  • BIO 322 - Terrestrial Ecosystems. Upper level ecology course detailing major ecosystem processes and fluxes ranging from C/N cycles, soil microbial activity and plant ecophysiology.

Soil fractionation

Soil pH testing

Potometer tests to assess plant transpiration rates 

Mark-recapture of crickets

Intertidal species diversity at Pipers Lagoon

Vegetation surveys at Pipers Lagoon

Learning floristic & physiognomic survey methods

Anatomy of skulls

Learning bird anatomy & physiology with help from the raptor centre

She's a pretty turkey vulture!