Welcome to Biology! Please note that summer office hours are from May through August. The main office will be open 10:00am – 3:00pm Monday to Thursday. Staff will be working remotely on Fridays and will be available via teams/email.
"I will always fondly remember my time at Queen's in Biology, where I met fellow undergraduate and graduate students who were amazingly talented and brilliant people"
"The Biology Department is packed with top-notch scientists and you'll get even more out of your coursework if you couple it with hands-on experience in science."
"I got hooked on Biology during the second year of my undergraduate at Queen's, when classes became more specialized and I was able to start focusing on things that really mattered to me. Queen's Biology was a great place to learn from and work alongside experts in my field."
"Queen's Biology is full of amazing people and provided so many opportunites for me to learn and grow as a person. Even if I could go back in time, I wouldn't change a thing about my experience!"
The Al Downe Lecture is funded from the Al Downe Memorial Fund which was initially established in 2007 via a generous donation from a former student in order to provide an opportunity for Queen’s students to experience the inspiration and knowledge of a high profile Lecturer. Subsequently the Fund has attracted donations from other students, colleagues, friends and family.
A degree in Biology opens up a world of career opportunities! Our graduates follow a variety of paths, from careers in academic Biology to environmental law to biotechnology to medicine. Where will your Queen’s Biology degree take you?
The Kingston chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is committed to promoting environmental and conservation endeavors in the Kingston area. The society is composed entirely of volunteers from the community who meet weekly to discuss relevant current events, host guest speakers, and organize the community outreach programs for which the SCB has become well known.
The Biology Graduate Student Council aims to represent the interests and needs of biology graduate students and to keep them informed about university and departmental issues. The Society provides a forum for all biology graduate students to voice their opinions on matters important to them.
We are a diverse science department dedicated to research and academic excellence. Our research spans a wide array of biological disciplines including plant sciences, biochemistry, proteomics, cell and molecular biology, animal physiology, limnology, evolution, ecology and behaviour. Specifically, the Biology Department Student Council is your connection to the biology department and faculty. We run events for students like Beer with Profs, BEWICS sports teams, a Biology Formal and Career Nights.
Our Molecular and Cellular Integrative Biology (MCIB) research group has informal meetings every Tuesday at 11:30 am in BioSciences 3110. Each week a different lab group presents their most recent findings in a 30 to 45 min seminar. followed by a discussion.
Departmental seminars usually take palce on Friday's at 12:30 pm in Room 1102 (or 3110) in the BioSciences Complex. The Departmental Seminar Coordinator for 2019-20 is Chris Moyes. Please contact him if you have ideas for a speaker or wish to volunteer to give a seminar.
Seminars in the Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour (EEB) research group are presented every Thursday from 12:30-13:30 in Room 4338 on the fourth floor of the BioSciences Building. Everyone is welcome to both attend and present their work at these seminars.
Queen’s University is an academic community with 170 years of tradition in teaching and research excellence, a beautiful waterfront campus in Kingston, Ontario. We are researchers, scholars, artists, professors, and students with an ambitious spirit who want to develop ideas that will make a difference in the world.
The Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS) is one of the premier scientific field research and teaching stations in Canada. For almost 70 years, scores of researchers and students have gathered at QUBS to conduct leading-edge studies of flora and fauna and to participate in courses spanning ecology, evolution, conservation, geography, and the environmental sciences.
I've spent more time than many will believe [making microscopic observations], but I've done them with joy, and I've taken no notice those who have said why take so much trouble and what good is it?
It's a parts list... If I gave you the parts list for the Boeing 777 and it had 100,000 parts, I don't think you could screw it together and you certainly wouldn't understand why it flew
What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant
The world becomes full of organisms that have what it takes to become ancestors. That, in a sentence, is Darwinism
Shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic life?
Nature proceeds little by little from things lifeless to animal life in such a way that it's impossible to determine the line of demarcation
Cells let us walk, talk, think, make love, and realize the bath water is cold
In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history
It is my belief that the basic knowledge that we're providing to the world will have a profound impact on the human condition and the treatments for disease and our view of our place on the biological continuum
Imagine a house coming together spontaneously from all the information contained in the bricks: that is how animal bodies are made
A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die - which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct
The stuff of life turned out to be not a quivering, glowing, wondrous gel but a contraption of tiny jigs, springs, hinges, rods, sheets, magnets, zippers, and trapdoors, assembled by a data tape whose information is copied, downloaded and scanned
We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biologic interest
We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget
The systems approach to biology will be the dominant theme in medicine
I've always been interested in animal behavior, and I keep reading about it because it's so surprising all the time - so many things are happening around us that we neglect to look at. Part of the passion I have for biology is based on this wonderment"
Because all of biology is connected, one can often make a breakthrough with an organism that exaggerates a particular phenomenon, and later explore the generality
Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution
Biology is now bigger than physics, as measured by the size of budgets, by the size of the workforce, or by the output of major discoveries; and biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century
Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third