The Department of Biology is a thriving, diverse academic unit dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research and teaching. We offer a core curriculum for all of the “biological sciences” taught at Western and exceptional graduate and undergraduate programs in Biology and sub disciplines. The Department, like the discipline, is diverse, offering both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to study living systems at the level of genes and proteins to entire ecosystems.

Our faculty members are innovative researchers, conducting internationally recognized research in areas as different as the genetics of aging in mice to predicting the impacts of climate change on habitat loss, using theoretical and experimental approaches performed in state-of-the-art research facilities. There is real synergy between research and teaching as our best researchers are also in the classroom – as well, we offer many opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to actively engage in research activities in the Department.

Students in our programs acquire the knowledge, tools and skills that allow them to succeed in a wide range of careers, including research in academia, government, NGOs and industry, consultancy, medicine and law, to name a few.

In Memory of Professor Emeritus Dr. David Sherry

A scholarship award has been established in honour of David Sherry, to support students conducting research at the Advanced Facility for Avian Research.

Obituary- Professor Robert Bernard van Huystee


Weekly Seminars

Louis-Philippe Hamel "Understanding plant responses to the production of enveloped VLPs" Fri. Dec. 8, 12:30-1:30 pm, BGS 0165.

See the seminar schedule.

Graduate Seminars

Friday Philosophicals

Sarah Santos "Genomic insights into the evolution of North American wild sheep (Ovis spp.)" and Will Van Hemessen "Macrofungi of Norfolk County, Brant County, and Waterloo Region, Ontario" Fri. Dec. 1, 3:30-4:30 pm, Kresge Building K106.

See the seminar schedule.

Ph.D. Lectures

No lectures are scheduled at this time.

See announcement

Thursday Physiologicals

The seminar series will return next term.

See the seminar schedule.

Cell and Molecular Biology

The seminar series will return next year.

See the seminar schedule.

Friday Philosophicals

The seminar series will return soon.

 See the seminar schedule.


Flexibility in Higher Education, Student survey ongoing.

See undergraduate events.