The Biology Department resides in the Biosciences Complex on the Queen's University campus. This facility also houses the School of Environmental Studies, as well as faculty from ChemistryGeology and Geography, and three Chemical Engineering labs. The Biosciences Complex at Queen’s University provides faculty, researchers and students with the tools of modern science - sophisticated equipment, high-tech laboratories, and the latest in teaching and learning facilities.

Queen's University Phytotron
Recent Argus Titan Upgrade
Microscope Facility
Microscope Facility

The Department of Biology is equipped with several state-of-the-art imaging microscopes including the Carl Zeiss LSM 710 NLO Laser Scanning Confocal/Multiphoton Microscope.

EEB Molecular Core Facility
EEB Molecular Core Facility

The EEB Molecular Core Facility, managed by Research Associate Zhengxin Sun provides DNA genotyping and sequencing services to Biology faculty and students.

Bioscience Complex
Bioscience Complex

The Biosciences Complex at Queen’s University provides faculty, researchers and students with the tools of modern science - sophisticated equipment, high-tech laboratories, and the latest in teaching and learning facilities

Queen's Biological Station
Queen's Biological Station

The Queen's University Biological Station is the largest inland university research station in Canada with over 2000 hectares of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Each year it hosts myriad researchers from national and international universities, and field courses including such diverse themes as herpetology, limnology, botany, ornithology, aquatic biodiversity assessment, applied ecology and fisheries.

Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre
Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre

The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELEEC) is the result of an agreement between the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre can host a range of activities including school field trips, field courses, club meetings, individual or group retreats, and small conferences. We welcome visits from educators, academics, environmental organizations, and other conservation partners, and would be pleased to work with you to offer customized programming specific to your interests and needs.

Fowler Herbarium
Fowler Herbarium

The Fowler Herbarium collection, now housed in the Jessie V. Deslauriers Centre for Biology, at the Queen's Universiry Biological Station(QUBS), includes over 140,000 plant specimens, with some dating back to the mid-1800s.

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?

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

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

Eric Lander

What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant

Jacques Monod

The world becomes full of organisms that have what it takes to become ancestors. That, in a sentence, is Darwinism

Richard Dawkins

Shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic life?

Erasmus Darwin

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

Lorraine Lee Cudmore

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

Charles Darwin

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

J. Craig Venter

Imagine a house coming together spontaneously from all the information contained in the bricks: that is how animal bodies are made

Neil Shubin

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

Charles Darwin

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

Steven Pinker

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

Rosalind Franklin

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

Mary Roach

The systems approach to biology will be the dominant theme in medicine

Leroy Hood

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"

Isabella Rossellini

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

Thomas Cech

Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution

Theodosius Dobzhansky

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

- Freeman Dyson

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third

- Thomas Huxley