TRU Science


Lucille Anderson

Lucille Anderson, BSc
Office: S146

Labs: Principles of Biology 1 & 2, Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2

Lyn Baldwin

Lyn Baldwin, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: S248

Courses: Principles of Biology 2, Evolution & Ecology of Land Plants, Systematics of Flowering Plants, Plant Ecology, Field Methods in Terrestrial Ecology
Research Interests: Plant ecology


Eric Bottos 
Office: S106

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Naowarat (Ann) Cheeptham, PhD
Office: S354

Courses: Introductory Microbiology 1 & 2, Molecular Evolution, Advanced Microbiology Laboratory, Advanced Seminar (Bioremediation and Industrial Microbiology)
Research Interests: Microbial diversity: searching for potential bioactive compounds from microorganisms in different unique habitats (particularly volcanic caves and alkaline ponds)

Stephanie Chaput

Stephanie Chaput, BSc
Office: S217

Labs: Biology of Humans, Principles of Biology 1 & 2, Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2

Tom Dickinson

Dean of Science
Tom Dickinson
, PhD
Office: S210

Courses: Introduction to Animal Behavior
Research Interests: Bird communities in high elevation forests, energy utilization by nuthatches

Don Ferguson

Don Ferguson, BSc
Office: S348

Labs: Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1, Introductory Microbiology, Cell Biology, Introductory Genetics, Introductory Ecology

Nancy Flood

Nancy Flood, PhD
Department Co-Chairperson and Principal Lecturer
Office: S318

Courses: Principles of Biology 2, Biometrics, Population Biology, Field Methods in Terrestrial Ecology
Research Interests: Ecology and evolution of orioles; bird communities in high elevation forests

Lauchlan Fraser

Lauchlan H. Fraser, PhD
Professor (Full)
Office: RC201

Course: Research methods, preparation and presentation
Research Interests: Plant community restoration and management; Trophic dynamics; Conservation of freshwater resources


Louis A. Gosselin, PhD
Professor (Full)
Office: RC203

Courses: Evolution of Animal Body Plans, Introduction to Ecology Community & Ecosystem Ecology, Population Biology, Introduction to Research, Field Methods in Marine Ecology
Research Interests: Ecology of early juvenile marine invertebrates: life history, mortality factors, adaptations, behaviour; invasive and threatened species. Ecology of invertebrates inhabiting saline ponds (alkaline ponds) of the BC interior

Rob Higgins

Rob Higgins, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: S316

Courses: Principles of Biology 1, Principles of Biology 2, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology
Research Interests: Ecology of ants in sub-boreal forests and the management of post-harvest coarse woody debris

Stephen Joly

Stephen Joly, BSc
Office: S207

Labs: Principles of Biology 1 & 2, Biology of the Environment, Evolution of Animal Body Plans, Terrestrial Vertebrate Zoology

Don Nelson

Don Nelson, PhD
Associate Professor
Office S346

Courses: Molecular Genetics, Biochemical Techniques 2, Advanced Seminar in Selected Topics in Biology, Chemical Biology Laboratory
Research Interests: Application of molecular techniques to the study of embryonic development and neuroscience

Ken Otter

Ken Otter, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Research Interests: Animal behaviour, particularly in avian reproductive behaviour and communication.

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Christine Petersen, MSc
Senior Lecturer
Office S142

Labs: Principles of Biology 1 & 2, Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2, Introduction to Ecology, Evolution & Ecology of Land Plants

Susan Purdy

Susan Purdy, MSc
Senior Lecturer
Office S132

Labs: Principles of Biology 1 & 2, Evolution of Animal Body Plans, Animal Behaviour
Lectures: Biology of the Environment

Mark Rakobowchuk

Mark Rakobowchuk, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: S328

Courses: Human Physiology I and II, Cell Physiology
Research interests: Human vascular adaptations to physiological perturbations, the interplay between platelets and vascular health, microvesicles and progenitor cells and their role in exercise induced adaptations.

Natasha Ramoop Singh

Natasha Ramroop Singh, PhD 
Office S322

Courses: Introduction to Biology I, Introduction to Biochemistry, Biochemical Techniques I, Introduction to Genetics, Biochemistry, Regulation of Gene Expression
Research Interests: Understanding and utilizing advances in biotechnology e.g. CRISPR to study and promote the action of methanotrophic bacteria, which can oxidize methane to carbon dioxide through sequential reactions catalyzed by a series of enzymes including methane monooxgenase, methanol dehydrogenase, formaldehyde dehydrogenase and formate dehydrogenase.

Matthew Reudink

Matthew Reudink, PhD 
Department Co-Chairperson and Associate Professor
Office S350

Courses: Principles of Conservation Biology, Evolution
Research Interests: Behavioural ecology, sexual selection and ornithology; use of genetic and biogeochemical tools to track the year-round ecology of migratory animals

Karen Ross

Karen Ross, MSc
Senior Lecturer
Office S110

Lectures: Biology of Humans, Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2
Research Interests: Exercise induced changes in the diabetic heart


Joanna Urban, RT, MSc, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Office: S352

Labs: Introductory Microbiology coordinator, Cell Physiology, Human Physiology
Lectures: Veterinary Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Advanced Microbiology
Research Interests: Medical Microbiology, Molecular genetics and applications

Jonathan D. Van Hamme

Jonathan D. Van Hamme, PhD
Department Co-Chairperson and Professor
Office: S240

Courses: Introductory Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Microbial Ecology, Advanced Microbiology Laboratory
Research Interests: Environmental microbiology and biotechnology

Sessional Faculty


Margaret Sonnenfeld, Ph.D
Continuing Sessional

David Williams

David Williams, MSc
Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Plant Phenology

Adjunct faculty

Julian Davies

Julian Davies, PhD

Research interests: The biology of small molecules, especially antibiotics from microorganisms

Simon Shamoun

Simon Shamoun, PhD

Research interests: Biotechnology and bioproducts; indigenous and invasive alien forest diseases; biological control agents; population biology and molecular diversity of forest pathogens

Ken Wagner

Ken Wagner, MD, FRCP

Research interests: Microbiology; antibiotic resistance; emerging pathogens.