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

Current courses (Course Coordinator)

  • BIO 348 - Genomics & Bioinformatics. This course provides students with experience in accessing and navigating high-performance computing to work through the basic steps of a genomic project. Students learn regular expression, bash and R in order to filter, align, assemble and run basic population genomic and phylogenomic analyses on NGS data.

  • 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!

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Behind the scenes at the Royal BC Museum

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Visiting the herbarium at the Royal BC Museum