Biology Faculty


Philip Barker / Michael Deyholos / Daniel Durall / Adam Ford / Mary Forrest / Sanjoy Ghosh / Deanna Gibson / Miranda Hart / Karen Hodges / Laura Hooker / Melanie Jones / Andis Klegeris / John Klironomos / Robert Lalonde / Soheil Mahmoud / Bruce Mathieson / Louise Nelson / Blythe Nilson / Lael Parrott / Nathan Pelletier / Jason Pither / Richard Plunkett / Scott Reid / Mark Rheault / Michael Russello / Ian Walker


PHILIP BARKER
Professor, BIOLOGY
Vice-Principal Research, UBC Okanagan
Associate Vice-President Research, UBC

WEBSITE
RESEARCH WEBSITE

philip.barker@ubc.ca
FIP 322
250.807.9582

Phil Barker2PhD University of Alberta

RESEARCH: Neurodegenerative disease, signal transduction, neurotrophin biology, cell biology, fly and mouse genetics.

MICHAEL DEYHOLOS
Professor, BIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT HEAD

WEBSITE

michael.deyholos@ubc.ca
SCI 156
250.807.8541

DeyholosPhD McGill University

RESEARCH: Genetics and genomics of plants, especially in relation to pectin, cell walls, and fibers.

TEACHING: Biochemistry, bioinformatic.

DANIEL DURALL
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

FRAGMENT ANALYSIS AND DNA SEQUENCING SERVICES (FADSS)

daniel.durall@ubc.ca
SCI 307
250.807.8759

Dan DurallPhD University of Calgary
Postdoctoral Research University of Oxford, UK

RESEARCH: Fungi in forest and wine systems; determining the structure of fungal networks connecting trees and the strains of yeast responsible for fermentation. 

TEACHING: Microbiology; mycology; botany; ecology. 

ADAM FORD
Assistant Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE

adam.ford@ubc.ca
SCI 109
250.807.9773

Adam FordPhD University of British Columbia
Liber Ero Fellow

RESEARCH: Wildlife ecology and conservation; mammals; temperate forests, grasslands, and tropical savannas.

TEACHING: Animal ecology. 

MARY FORREST
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE

mary.forrest@ubc.ca
SCI 160
250.807.9560

Mary ForrestPhD University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Gene regulation and expression in prokaryotes.

TEACHING: BIOC/BIOL 493: Biotechnology Lab. 

SANJOY GHOSH
Assistant Professor, BIOLOGY

sanjoy.ghosh@ubc.ca
ASC 369
250.807.8162

GhoshPhD University of British Columbia
Postdoctoral Research, Child and Family Research Institute

RESEARCH: Biochemical aspects of dietary fats and exercise in preventing metabolic and cardiovascular complications of obesity and diabetes.

TEACHING: Biochemical basis of nutrition. 

DEANNA GIBSON
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE
FACEBOOK

deanna.gibson@ubc.ca
ASC 368
250.807.8790

Deanna GibsonPhD University of Victoria
Postdoctoral Research Child and Family Research Institute

RESEARCH: Gut health; intestinal microbiome; gut immunity; dietary lipids; susceptibility to acute and chronic gut diseases like colitis. 

TEACHING: Medical microbiology, virology and immunology. 

MIRANDA HART
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

miranda.hart@ubc.ca
ASC 372
250.807.9398

Miranda Hart2PhD University of Guelph

RESEARCH: Microbial ecology of soil microbes; the role and the applications of microbes in sustainable agriculture, viticulture, and ecological restoration.

TEACHING: Botany, ecology, microbial ecology, microbiology.

KAREN HODGES
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE

karen.hodges@ubc.ca
SCI 382
250.807.8763

Dr. Karen Hodges PhD University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Ecology; conservation biology; effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on behaviour and population dynamics; predator-prey dynamics; extinction risks; species-at-risk legislation; critical habitat designation.

TEACHING: Conservation biology; science writing; culture of science

LAURA HOOKER
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

laura.hooker@ubc.ca
SCI 158
250.807.9551

Laura HookerMSc University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Aquatic ecology.

TEACHING: Aquatic ecology; limnology; evolution and ecology; microbial ecology. 

MELANIE JONES
Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE
RESEARCH WEBSITE

melanie.jones@ubc.ca
SCI 385
250.807.9553

melanie jonesPhD University of Toronto
Postdoctoral Research University of Oxford, UK

RESEARCH: Physiology of ectomycorrhizas and roots of woody plants; effects of fire and silviculture on ectomycorrhizal fungal communities; carbon allocation within and between woody plants, orchard management under climate change.

TEACHING: Soil ecology; plant physiology; general biology. 

ANDIS KLEGERIS
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

andis.klegeris@ubc.ca
ASC 371
250.807.9557

Dr. Andis KlegerisPhD University of Oxford, UK
Postdoctoral Research University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Neuroimmunology; pathogenesis of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases; Glial cell biology; cellular and molecular pharmacology; method development for protecting neurons from age-related deterioration; signaling between different cell types of the central nervous system; problem-solving skills of students and effectiveness of alternative instructional techniques.

TEACHING: Pharmacology; neuroimmunology; inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases.

JOHN KLIRONOMOS
Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

john.klironomos@ubc.ca
SCI 159
250.807.9254

John Klironomos PhD University of Waterloo
Postdoctoral Research San Diego State University

RESEARCH: Community ecology; soil ecology; plant ecology; microbial ecology; restoration ecology; invasion biology; global change biology; determinants of plant and microbial community structure; biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

TEACHING: Evolutionary ecology; general biology.

ROBERT LALONDE
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

robert.lalonde@ubc.ca
SCI 381
250.807.8764

Robert LalondePhD Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Effects of information use on population and community processes; evolutionary ecology and population ecology of parasitic insects; developing insights into the biology of parasitic insects and the dynamics of parasite-dominated communities; potential applications in the area of biological control of both insect pests and introduced weeds.

TEACHING: Animal and insect ecology; evolutionary and population ecology.

SOHEIL MAHMOUD
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Graduate Program Advisor

WEBSITE

soheil.mahmoud@ubc.ca
SCI 312
250.807.8752

Soheil Mahmoud2PhD University of Calgary

RESEARCH: Molecular, cellular, biochemical and environmental factors that regulate the quality and quantity of aromas and essential oils produced by herbal and medicinal plants; identification, cloning and characterization of structural and regulatory genes that are involved in the biosynthesis, inter- and intra-cellular trafficking, secretion and storage of monoterpenes in plants cells specialized for secondary metabolite production.

TEACHING: Plant molecular biology and biochemistry; metabolism of natural products; plant biotechnology. 

BRUCE MATHIESON
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

bruce.mathieson@ubc.ca
SCI 378
250.807.8760

Bruce Mathieson 2PhD University of Ottawa

RESEARCH: Effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on brain neurochemistry.

TEACHING: Anatomy and physiology; pathobiology; clinical neuroscience; neurobiology.

LOUISE NELSON
Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

louise.nelson@ubc.ca
ASC 373
250.807.8756

Dr. Louise Nelson PhD University of Calgary

RESEARCH: Plant-microbe interactions; soil health; plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria; biological control; postharvest fungal pathogens; orchard replant disease; nitrogen cycling; nitrification; denitrification.

TEACHING: Environmental microbiology; sustainability; plant-microbe interactions.

BLYTHE NILSON
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE
SCI 161
blythe.nilson@ubc.ca
ASC 373
250.807.9555

Blythe NilsonMSc University of Victoria

RESEARCH: Skepticism and scientific literacy.

TEACHING: Biology for non-science majors; anatomy and physiology for nursing students; biochemistry; molecular genetics labs.

LAEL PARROTT
Professor, BIOLOGY,
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Director of the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES)

RESEARCH WEBSITE

lael.parrott@ubc.ca
SCI 377
250.807.8122

Lael ParrottPhD McGill University

RESEARCH:
Understanding ecosystems and landscapes as complex systems in which human and biophysical processes are coupled across multiple scales of space and time; incorporating complexity into natural resource management approaches; regional-scale landscape modelling; social-ecological networks; agent and individual-based modelling approaches; landscape science and scenario building .

TEACHING: Dynamic modelling of coupled human-environment systems.

NATHAN PELLETIER
Assistant Professor, BIOLOGY,
MANAGEMENT

RESEARCH WEBSITE

nathan.pelletier@ubc.ca
FIP 340
250.807.8245

Nathan PelletierPhD Dalhousie University
Post Doctor Research Environment Canada; European Commission Joint Research Centre

RESEARCH: Sustainability measurement and management; life cycle thinking; environmental and social life cycle assessment of food, feed and biomass supply chains; resource efficiency; social license and market access; trade-based externalization of environmental and social risk.

TEACHING: Sustainable food systems; sustainability measurement and management; ecological economics.

JASON PITHER
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY,
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

jason.pither@ubc.ca
ASC 367
250.807.9629

Jason Pither PhD Queen's University
Postdoctoral Research University of Arizona

RESEARCH: Biogeography; landscape ecology; biodiversity conservation; community ecology; paleoecology; biodiversity patterns in space and time.

TEACHING: Geographic information systems; data management and analysis; ecology.

RICHARD PLUNKETT
Instructor, BIOLOGY

richard.plunkett@ubc.ca
SCI 163
250.807.9650

Richard Plunkett2PhD The University of New Mexico
Postdoctoral Research Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Environmental microbiology, microbe/metal interactions (e.g. Cu, U, As) and the role of microbes in biogeochemical cycles.

TEACHING: Microbiology & immunology; biochemistry; genetics.

SCOTT REID
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

scott.reid@ubc.ca
SCI 379
250.807.8761

Dr. Scott ReidPhD McMaster University
Postdoctoral Research University of Ottawa

RESEARCH: Comparative physiology, fish physiology, and metal metabolism in freshwater fish; how animals physiologically adjust to changes in the quality of their environment.

TEACHING: Comparative animal physiology; membrane biophysics; general biology.

MARK RHEAULT
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

mark.rheault@ubc.ca
ASC 370
250.807.9630

M. RheaultPhD McMaster University
Postdoctoral Research University of Florida

RESEARCH: Physiology of epithelial ion transport, insect toxicology, insect-plant interactions, metals toxicology, organic ion transport.

TEACHING: Cellular physiology, vertebrate zoology, invertebrate zoology, insect physiology and biochemistry.

MICHAEL RUSSELLO
Professor, BIOLOGY

DEPARTMENT ASSOCIATE HEAD

Biology Graduate Program Advisor

RESEARCH WEBSITE

michael.russello@ubc.ca
FIP 346
250.807.8762

Michael RusselloPhD Columbia University
Postdoctoral Research Yale University

RESEARCH: Population genomics; conservation genetics; molecular ecology; life-history evolution.

TEACHING: Evolution; population genetics; ecology; conservation biology.

IAN WALKER
Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

ian.walker@ubc.ca
FIP 339
250.807.9559

ian Walker2PhD Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Environmental change; chironomid palaeoecology; quaternary palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology; dynamics of arctic and alpine tree-line ecosystems; aquatic insect ecology; and biomonitoring; use of aquatic insects (living and fossil) as indicators of environmental change.

TEACHING: Quaternary palaeoecology; limnology; freshwater plants and animals; non-vascular plants.

Emeritus Faculty

JOYCE BOON
Associate Professor Emerita, BIOLOGY

joyce.boon@ubc.ca

Dr. Joyce BoonPhD Zoology, University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Respiratory physiology and neural control of breathing; complementary medicine and its role in treatment of osteoarthritis.

TEACHING: Metabolic biochemistry, biochemistry laboratory.

DAVID SMITH
Associate Professor Emeritus, BIOLOGY

dave.smith@ubc.ca

Dave SmithBA Adams State College

TEACHING: Non-vascular plants; human anatomy and physiology; vascular plants; microbiology.

WILLIAM BATES
Associate Professor Emeritus, BIOLOGY

African Safari Guide, HERITAGE SAFARI COMPANY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

W BatesPhD University of Texas

RESEARCH: African Savannah Biology and Developmental Biology.

Last reviewed shim5/8/2013 7:55:07 PM