In memoriam: Dr. Denis Lynn 1947-2018

The College of Biological Science extends its sincere sympathies to the family, friends, colleagues and students of Dr. Denis Lynn, College Professor Emeritus, who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 26 on Calvert Island, British Columbia.

Latest edition of SURG journal showcases undergraduate research success in CBS

Whether they are studying the fate of the smallest protein in cells or the herding behaviour of large ungulates in the wild, research labs in the College of Biological Science all have one important thing in common:  they are home to undergraduate researchers who are helping to drive research discoveries. 

Interim dean named for the College of Biological Science

Prof. Glen Van Der Kraak, associate dean (research and graduate studies) in the College of Biological Science (CBS), has been named as the college’s interim dean effective August 1, 2019. The announcement was made today by Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic).

“Professor Van Der Kraak has years of experience as an administrator, professor and researcher,” Yates said. “His knowledge and history will be a valuable asset as CBS enters into a period of leadership transition.”

Photo collage featuring Dr. Elizabeth Mandeville at the University of Wyoming and in nature. Photo credit Catherine Wagner.

Genetic diversity of southern Ontario fish: Research by U of G professor Elizabeth Mandeville


The basic mechanism of hybridization, two species exchanging genes with one another, is not uncommon in nature. For instance, different species of African cichlids (Family: Cichlidae) will hybridize in muddy waters where individuals have a harder time distinguishing each other visually. Hybridization is also relatively common in North American freshwater fish. In addition to water quality, or more broadly, habitat quality, factors including species’ behaviours and selection of sites for reproduction can influence whether or not hybridization will occur.

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