Biosystems and Biodiversity (PhD)

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Length of program

48 months

Mode of delivery

In person

Program consists of:

  • Thesis
  • Coursework
  • Comprehensive examination




Summer, Fall and Spring

Program description

The PhD in Biosystems and Biodiversity is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by faculty members in our Biological Sciences and Geography departments.

Biosystems and Biodiversity is a multidisciplinary program emphasizing organisms' interactions with both biotic and abiotic components of their environments. Areas of research include animal ecology, plant ecology, microbial ecology, parasitology, molecular systematics, biogeography, physiological ecology, remote sensing, environmental genetics, toxicology, developmental biology, phytochemistry and plant physiology. In their programs, researchers use a wide range of techniques to study an array of organisms, including animals, plants, bacteria and fungi. Many research programs include a combination of laboratory and field studies.

Finding a supervisor

Students are required to secure a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application for this program.

Cam Goater
Dan Johnson
Gregory Pyle
Joseph Rasmussen
Larry Flanagan
Robert Laird
Roy Golsteyn
Steve Wiseman

Additional supervisors may be available. Visit Search Supervisors webpage or contact the School of Graduate Studies.