Graduate Biology, UNB Saint JohnOur graduate program in biology (see overview) is offered at both the masters and doctoral levels. Research areas include:

Marine biology

  • Ecology and conservation of marine birds
  • Roles of dispersal and behaviour in regulating marine bird populations
  • Ecophysiology and biochemistry of seaweeds
  • Aquaculture (integrated multi-trophic aquaculture)
  • Suspension feeding in marine invertebrates
  • Recruitment and early post-settlement processes in marine invertebrates
  • Evolutionary ecology of coastal marine invertebrates
  • Fisheries ecology (invertebrate)

Environmental biology

  • Effects of multiple stressors on aquatic systems
  • Effects of habitat loss and degradation on populations, communities and ecosysems
  • Environmental physiology of fishes
  • Chemical contamination of aquatic food webs; aquatic toxicology
  • Impacts of anthropogenic effects (low oxygen, effluents, elevated temperatures) on fish metabolism and swimming abilities.
  • Effects of forest management on biodiversity (plants, amphibians)

Natural products chemistry

  • Marine & terrestrial chemical ecology; the development of natural product based anti-foulants
  • Endophytic fungi and their bioactive/antimicrobial properties
  • Secondary metabolites and novel drug leads


  • Aquatic molecular ecology
  • Ecological genomics
When you apply for graduate studies in biology, you will be applying to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) of UNB. Your application is received by the SGS and passed on to members of the Graduate Academic Unit (GAU) of the department, who examine your file and make recommendations to SGS regarding individual applications.

To learn more about our graduate program, contact Dr. Kate Frego.