March, 2024

The newsletter from the
Department of Zoology at UBC


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Deadlines & Important upcoming dates


ONGOING - ZOOLOGY SEARCH: EL Assistant Professors in Biostatistics

Here is the 11:00 am to 12:00 pm teaching demo schedule:

Mon. Feb. 26 - 11AM, Michael Smith Labs 102: Dr. Sandra Emry

Wed. Feb. 28, 11AM, Beaty Biodiversity Museum auditorium: Ming Yang

Mon. March 4, 11 AM, Michael Smith Labs 102: An Bui

Wed. March 6, 11 AM, Michael Smith Labs 101: Dr. Amber Hoi

Mon. March 11, 11 AM, Michael Smith Labs 102: Dr. Courtney Collins


More information: teaching demos recordings and feedback surveys (CWL login)


Zoology 3MT - March 7, 2024 at 2:30 pm in the Beaty Auditorium

Zoology’s 2nd Annual 3 Minute Thesis competition!

Light refreshments will be available in the BRC Atrium at 2pm for some pre-show mingling; please bring your own mugs!

For more information

Biology TA Award 2024 Call for Applications is now open! - deadline: March 11, 2024


For more information



Final Exam invigilation schedule is out - March 31 is the deadline to make any changes

Biology TAs, please make sure to check your inboxes for the schedule.



Save the date
Zoology 100th Anniversary
April 29th, April 30th
and May 1st, 2024

Seminars in BIOL 1000!

Event registration
will be sent out very soon!

To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a symposium consisting of:

Day 1 ⭐ April 29th - ZGSA's 3rd Debbie and Justin Wragg-Schmidt Zoology Symposium

GRADUATE STUDENTS: sign up to present your research!!!


Days 2 & 3 ⭐ April 30th and May 1st: speakers nominated by members of zoology's major research/ teaching clusters:

April 30 - Zoology 100 year celebration symposium
 8:45 Coffee break
 9:00 Welcome Faculty of Science Dean, Head of Zoology
 9:30 Sarah Cohen (45 min talk)
10:20 Coffee break
10:40 Jeremy Goldbogen  (45 min talk)
11:30 Lisa McDonnell (45 min talk)
12:20 Lunch
13:30 Oswald Schmitz (45 min talk)
14:20 Aneil Agrawal (45 min talk)
15:10 Coffee break
15:30 Harmit Malik (45 min talk)
17:30 Banquet at the UBC Alumni Centre

May 1 - Zoology 100 year celebration symposium continued
 8:45 Coffee break
 9:00 Jessica Meir (45 min talk)
 9:50 James Cooke  (45 min talk)
10:40 Coffee break
11:00 Angelica Gonzalez (45 min talk)
11:50 Stephen Stearns (45 min talk)
12:40 BBQ lunch
14:00 Botanical Garden (2hr tour; optional for 30 people cap)


Reminder: next 2 Faculty Meetings 🗓️

Monday, March 11, 1200 to 1330, Location TBD CANCELLED
Tuesday April 2, 1200 to 1330, Location TBD
Monday April 22, 1200 to 1330, Location TBD


    Faculty - news



Kailtyn Gaynor wins one of the Sloan Research Fellowship in Earth System Science



Pam Kalas
Associate Head of Biology starting July, 2024


Thank you!

Sunita Chowrira,
Associate Head of Biology since August, 2018



    Staff - news


Bruce Gillespie

Thank you for 45 years of being the "go-to-guy" for on-the-spot innovation in creating and maintaining complex scientific equipment for a variety of teaching and research programs in Zoology.




🖥️  ZCU TIP 💽

You may notice poster printing charges from January 2023 - As of February 2024, the revised rates are as follows:

HP Coated Paper Print: $15
Matt Film Print: $22

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the charges, please feel free to reach out to zoology.support@ubc.ca.

For more information on poster printing


Committees and other units - updates

Biology Office


ZEDI: Zoology Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

  • Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy seminar series: "There's a stranger in my house: a CRT-PVEST analysis of STEM Education", Terrell R. Morton from University of Illinois-Chicago:





BIOLOGY COMMUNITY PANTRY - please contribute to replenish the pantry!

Who is it for? Biology undergraduate students

Where is it? Biosciences, 2nd floor, East wing


All members of the department are welcome!
Here is the schedule for March:

Mar 1 - LSC #1416
Mar 8 - BIOSCI 3rd floor South wing
Mar 15 - BRC atrium
Mar 22 - LSC #1416

Please remember to bring your own mug

Friday Coffee and Donuts schedule


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for news, events, resources & more

Zoology event calendar


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