Department of Biology

Biology is the study of all living things and deals with everything from the earliest form of evolution to the environmental protection of our world. It examines the physical and biological processes that affect the life and death of genes, cells, individuals, populations, species and ecosystems.


Loring Bailey Hall

The Biology Department at UNB Fredericton is located in Loring Bailey Hall, on Bailey Drive, overlooking downtown Fredericton and the St. John River. This location places the department close to its sister Science Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Earth Sciences.

The department has an academic staff of approximately thirty individuals whose research and teaching interests represent a substantial portion of the diverse disciplines included in modern biology. Our multi-disciplinary department offers a comprehensive range of academic programs leading to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctoral degrees.

Prospective undergraduate students can affiliate themselves within several programs including the Biology Program, the Biology-Chemistry program, the Biology-Physics program, or the Biology Pre-Health Profession program. The department hosts over 20 dynamic research groups and offers research opportunities ranging from wildlife biology, ecology, plant and animal physiology and evolution to functional and computational genomics, molecular biology, and biochemistry. There is a strong emphasis on the development of an understanding of functions and mechanisms and the study of biological principles as they relate to practical matters.

The department is home to the Connell Memorial Herbarium, which not only houses correctly identified, representative, scientific specimens, primarily of the vascular plant flora of New Brunswick and algae from around the world but is also a research and teaching facility and serves as the official repository for specimens of endangered and threatened New Brunswick plants.

Also located in offices within Bailey Hall are the Canadian Rivers Institue (CRI), the Stable Isotopes in Nature Laboratory (SINLab) which is a part of the CRI, the Microscopy and Microanalysis facility (a regional facility providing imaging and analytical services to not only UNB, but also other universities, government and industry), and Environment Canada's National Water Research Institute.