The Department of Biological Sciences is the largest and one of the most diverse on campus in terms of research interests. Biology teaches us to understand humanity's relationship to the rest of the living world. The department provides hands-on laboratory experience as an essential part of the scholarly experience, possible in large part due to its 12 extensive museum collections.


  1. Ice Posing Polar Problems

    Even though the ice came early to Hudson Bay, it took too long for that ice to stay -- and experts say its slow formation sent some of Canada's polar bears to the brink of starvation. Winnipeg Free Press article quotes Andrew Derocher, a professor of biological sciences and zoology curator at the University of Alberta.

  2. Dinosaur globetrotter honoured

    U of A paleontologist Phil Currie has been awarded an Explorers Club Medal for his trips to the four corners of the globe in search of dinosaurs.

  3. Hard work given a name

    New species of dinosaur named for U of A researcher whose behind-the-scenes efforts helped unearth many old bones.

  4. A word on polar bears

    U of A biologist publishes book to celebrate the polar bear and increase awareness of the Arctic icon’s uncertain future.

  5. Biologist sees little hope of saving Hudson Bay polar bears

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