Acadia’s Biology Undergraduate Research Conference: A Class Act
In their final year at Acadia, Honours students in Biology work on an intensive 12-month research project, usually with a faculty member at Acadia, but sometimes in association with researchers in government or at other institutions. Research usually begins during the summer preceding their 4th year, and continues until thesis writing begins in earnest sometime in the fall or winter term. Whereas the thesis defense in March is the culmination of Honours research, one of the highlights of the year is the presentation of student research to the department and the university community at Biofeedback, Acadia’s Biology Undergraduate Research Conference. The quality and diversity of Honours Biology research at Acadia is astounding, with topics this year including developmental biology, mycology, plant science, endocrinology, entomology, molecular biology, parasitology, fisheries science, and ornithology.
Biofeedback is held in the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium, this year presentations will occur on Wed Feb 10 beginning at 11:30, and Thurs Feb 11 beginning at 13:30. The public is welcome to attend.
Studying the Minas Basin
Dr. Glenys Gibson and her team of five students have one of the most beautiful laboratories in the world, the Minas Basin, in Nova Scotia. The world's highest tides carve a landscape that is exposed during low tide. Birds, invertebrates and microorganisms share the food-rich bay with fish, whales and other species.
When Dr. Gibson and her students are not working in the field you can find them at the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre where they have brought the tides inside to a specialized Mesocosm bench in the Wetland Research facility. Take a peak into their research to see the beauty of the Minas Basin for yourself.