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The Department of Integrative Biology is comprised of faculty members in three overlapping fields of emphasis: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Comparative Physiology. Research is focused on a wide variety of organisms (from microbes to plants to animals) at multiple levels of organization (from molecules and cells through to entire ecosystems). Basic research is being used as a foundation to address some of the most important regional and global issues.

Research Environment and Facilities
The University of Guelph is home to diverse, state-of-the-art facilities that contribute to research and graduate training. Extensive freshwater and saltwater holding facilities for aquatic organisms are available in the Hagen Aqualab. The University is home to one of the largest herbariums in Canada, and has a strong partnership with the Royal Botanical Gardens. The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
provides first class facilities to investigate the genetic diversity of organisms, and the Limnotron enables experimental manipulation of aquatic food webs.

The department engages in field work throughout the world including local (the Arboretum, RARE in Cambridge, Algonquin Park), Arctic (Churchill, MB, Alaska, Yukon), African (Serengeti), and tropical (Costa Rica, Cambodia) sites. The department has access to field sites at the Arboretum, Algonquin Park, and the Huntsman Marine Science Center in New Brunswick, as well as access to extensive greenhouse and plant growth facilities across campus. Graduate students have access to facilities in the Advanced Analysis Centre including those for Genomics, Mass Spectrometry, NMR, X-ray crystallography and facilities for the growth of bacteria, yeast, mammalian and plant cells. These latter facilities are located in the Summerlee Science Complex, a 400,000 sq. ft building designed to enhance team-based science that crosses traditional discipline boundaries.

All graduate students are guaranteed financial support through Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships and internal/external scholarships.




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