Fredericton campus

  • Degrees Offered: MSc & PhD
  • Application Deadline: Open
  • Study Options: Thesis
  • Length: 2(MSc) / 4 (PhD) Years 
  • Entry Terms: Fall, Winter, Summer

Our degrees are centered on the development and performance of an original research project, ranging from the molecular level through a broad range of interests in organismal biology to ecology and evolutionary biology.

Our recent graduates have gone on to be: Aquatic Ecologists, Wildlife Biologists, Consultants, Project Managers, Analysts, Research Scientists and Professors.  

Research centres, facilities and collaborators

The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI), Stable Isotopes in Nature Laboratory (SINLAB), Centre of Environmental and Molecular Algae Research, Connell Memorial Herbarium, ultracentrifuges, microscopy facilities, cell fractionators, fish culture rooms, stable isotope facility, growth chambers, biohazard containment facilities and a greenhouse complex located on the roof.

We are associated with such organizations as NB Co-operative Fish & Wildlife Research, Natural Resources Canada, Hugh John Flemming Forest Research Centre, Agriculture Canada Research Station, Mactaquac Fish Hatchery, Huntsman Marine Science Centre and St. Andrews Biological Station.

We typically have 25-30 active MSc and 25-30 active PhD students at any given time. Our graduate students work hand in hand with faculty members on original research projects. 

Research areas

Cell / Molecular: Drs. Clark, Crawford, Duffy, Durnford, Lawrence, MacLellan, Nedelcu, Patten, Reyes-Prieto, Saunders

Organismal: Drs. Barbeau, Benfey, CwynarDiamond, Duffy, Linnansaari, MalenfantReyes-Prieto, ParachnowitschSacobie, Saunders

Genetics / Genomic: Drs. Addison, Baird, Clark, Crawford, Durnford, MacLellan, MalenfantNedelcu, Reyes-Prieto, ParachnowitschPatten, Rendall

Fish biology: Drs. Benfey, Cunjak, Curry, Linnansaari, Peake

River ecology: Drs. Baird; Culp, Cunjak, Curry, Linnansaari

Environmental / Conservation: Drs. Baird, Barbeau, Cunjak, Cwynar, Diamond, Duffy, Forbes, Heard

Ecology / Evolutionary: Drs. Addison, Baird, Barbeau, Cunjak, Culp, Curry, Cwynar, Diamond, Durnford, Heard, Lawrence, Linnansaari, Malenfant, Nedelcu, Rendall, Reyes-Prieto, ParachnowitschSaunders

Aquatic / Marine: Drs. Barbeau, Benfey, Cunjak, Curry, Lawrence, Linnansaari, Reyes-Prieto, Saunders

Application requirements

  1.  Students must contact individual faculty members prior to applying to secure research supervision.
  2. Applicants should hold an undergraduate with a minimum GPA 3.0 (B) Average.  
  3. Applicants are required to submit a complete application, including a one-page statement describing their research interests.
  4.  International Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit language scores. Minimum TOEFL score of 600, and TWE of 4.0 (writing rubric mean) or 25 (scaled score), or a minimum IELTS score of 7.


Students are typically funded at a rate of $12k + tuition.

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr. Les Cwynar, Acting Director of Graduate Studies or Heidi Stewart, Graduate Studies Coordinator.

Office: Bailey Hall, Rm. 29

Phone: 1-506-458-7488

Related: Biology Department

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