November, 2023

The newsletter from the
Department of Zoology at UBC


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Deadlines & Important upcoming dates

PhD CoLab pilot program - letters of intent due November 2, 2023 at 5:00 pm PST

For the pilot, there are two types of awards available:

  1. “Large” (up to $100K) – three or more students, possibly in multi-year collaborative projects
  2. “Small” (up to $30K) – two or three students, possibly in shorter-term collaborative projects

Funds can be used to support student stipends, research expenses and/or dissemination/mobilization activities.


More information

Instructor position to teach Ecology, Genetics and Evolution course next term (Winter 2)!

Where: Corpus Christi College (a Catholic liberal arts college affiliated with UBC).

Contact: Paul Allen (pallen@corpuschristi.ca) with your CV.


Corpus Christi College

Zoology Travel Award Application Open -

deadline: December 1

For Zoology graduate students for travel in April 2024 – March 2025. Successful applicants will be notified in early 2024.

Travel Award form

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CGSM) - deadline: December 1

Please visit the link below for information on eligibility and application instructions

More information


2023 UBC Fall Graduations

Wednesday, November 22 at 11am at the Chan Centre

Graduation at UBC


Departmental social events - join us!


News & Updates


Mary O’Connor named a UBC Distinguished University Scholar


More information







The evolution of an undergraduate biology course - UBC Science Focus, Oct 17

A newly formed working group made up of students, faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia aims to improve how gender and sex are taught in biology. Left to right: an undergraduate student, Dr. Irene Ballagh, Dr. Christine Goedhart and Sam, a postdoctoral fellow.


Read article


Departmental Seminars for promotion:

Pam Kalas' and Sarah Benson-Amram's seminars are available for viewing 



Reminder: next Faculty Meeting 🗓️
           Day: Tuesday November 14, 2023
       Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: AERL 107


    Postdoctoral Fellows - awards

Ryo Yamaguchi wins the 2023 Award Lecture from the Society of Population Ecology (Japan)


More information



Jarnail Chandi and Lili Zhang at the 53rd annual 25 Year Club Celebration

UBC 25 Year Club



Two Black Faculty Positions – Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver – Assistant or Associate Professors - Deadline for applications is November 30th, 2023.


More information

Assistant Professor in Plant Developmental Biology - Deadline for applications is December 18th, 2023.


Assistant Professor in Fungal Diversity - Deadline for applications is December 15th, 2023.



Assistant Professor of Teaching position in Biostatistics and Data Science - Deadline for applications is December 15th, 2023.



Find more information about the three job ads


🖥️ ZCU TIP🖊️

  • Botany/Zoology PaperCut server migration: the migration and operating system upgrade will happen on November 14th. The upgrade process will commence at 10 AM and is expected to last for several hours. Nobody will be able to print or copy during this time - please plan accordingly!
  • Download and use OneDrive (for remote access, please connect to Zoology VPN)

Learn more


Committees and other units - updates

ZEDI: Zoology Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

  • Working towards reconciliation requires a metamorphosis of our educational practices. The CTLT provides support for all instructors at UBC in working towards Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation in the classroom. Learn how to go further than territorial acknowledgements in your course curriculum. Visit https://indigenousinitiatives.ctlt.ubc.ca/ for more information and look out for a new training program launching next year called Indigenous Learning Pathways.
  • The current UBC Land Use Plan (LUP) includes doubling the UBC residential population and allowable building heights. Most of the new housing units on campus will be available at market rates, which are unaffordable to most!

    The LUP Public Hearing will be held on Nov. 7th at 4pm at Jack Pool Hall at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center. You can contribute to this conversation by speaking at the hearing, submitting written comments or a pre-recorded video (due Nov. 2nd). Please register if you wish to speak at the hearing in-person. Visit https://campusvision2050.ubc.ca/lup for more details.

Graduate Program

  • Mimi will be away November 10-24: Please let her know ahead of time if you anticipate something coming up while she’s away. For forms that need to be signed, you can send them directly to the Graduate Advisors (Mike Gordon & Trish Schulte). Our graduate program policies and procedures can be found on our website: https://zoology.ubc.ca/graduate-program/current-students
  • Effective Mentorship of Racialized Graduate Students Final Report
    The EMRGS initiative is a two-year student-led project funded by the Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund and G+PS which began with a survey and focus groups and culminated in a one-day forum. Inspired by a 2021 op-ed by graduate student Dwayne Tucker, this project focuses on capturing the complexities, gaps, successes, and possibilities of mentoring racialized UBC graduate students.

    report link / EMRGS link / op-ed link

Biology Office

  • Final exam dates have been announced: here is the link to check the schedule
  • Midterm break is coming up November 13th to 15th.
  • November is "Thrive" month: when we come together as a UBC community to learn about, talk about, and explore ways to support our mental health. CLick HERE to learn more of the month’s events.

CTLT Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

  •  Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW): on December 9, 16 & 17, 2023: you must attend all face-to-face sessions and complete all independent work for the complete duration of the workshop, (i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop).

    To apply for the waitlist for December 9, 16 & 17, 2023 ISW please click HERE.

    Application opens on October 27th at 9 am and closes on December 6th, 2023 at 4:30 pm.

Reminder: Zoology Coffee and Donuts rotation

FRIDAY Coffee and Donuts is rotating among the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), Life Sciences Institute (LSI), and Biological Sciences Building (Biosci) - more information on these buldings HERE.

All members of the department are welcome!

Coffee and Donuts schedule


A reminder to check www.zoology.ubc.ca
for news, events, resources & more

Zoology event calendar


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