Departmental Seminars

The Department of Biological Sciences hosts a regular seminar series where graduate students, faculty, and visiting scientists can present and discuss their developing research. In addition, we host three annual seminars in memory of individuals who's contributions have enriched the academic breadth and depth of the department. These lectures provide our students and faculty an opportunity to interact with internatioal researchers and strengthen our links within the broader academic community.

George A. Lubinsky Memorial Lecture

Dr. George Lubinsky was a parasitologist who taught and researched at the University of Manitoba for 21 years, and is considered to have been one of the founders of the former Zoology department. Though Dr. Lubinsky's professional focus was parasitology, he was known for his diverse interests. Over the years the Lubinsky lecturers have reflected this diversity by lecturing on parasitology, zoogeography, genetics, behavioural ecology, paleontology, and endocrinology. The goal of the Lubinsky Lecture is to enrich the knowledge and experience of the local scientific community through interactions with leading researchers in the field of Zoology. The Lubinksy Lecture is open free of charge to all students and staff in the university community, as well as the general public.

Dr. Jim Schaefer, Trent University, is the speaker for the Lubinsky Lecture in 2017. The public lecture will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The title and location of the lecture will be posted when they become available.

Dr. Charles Krebs, Retired professor from the Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia is the speaker for the Lubinsky Lecture in 2016. The public lecture will take place on January 28, 2016, at 7 PM, Robert Schultz Theatre, St. John's College, The title of the lecture is "Is Modern Agriculture Sustainable? An Ecologist's View of Agricultural Science."

Past Lectures

April 3, 2014 - Dr. Chris Buddle, McGill University," Big Hairy Spiders: truths and myths from the world of Arachnology."

January 24, 2013 - Dr. Beren Robinson, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, "The changing nature of phenotypic plasticity."

William F. Hanna Memorial Lecture

The series name commemorates one of the universities first distinguished alumnus, Dr. William Fielding Hanna (1892-1972). Dr. Hanna not only received the first doctorate degree in Botany from the University of Manitoba in 1928, but is also recognized as the first Ph.D. graduate in Western Canada. He was the recipient of the prestigious Order of Canada (1969) as well as the Legion of Merit (US).

Dr. Hanna had a  distinguished scientific career with Agriculture Canada, Botany and Plant Pathology, contributed to advancing cereal crop production capacity and coordinating research programs from western Canada to developing nations like Kenya. During the 1930s he published more than fifty scientific papers on his work on the smut diseases of cereals while engaged as a research scientist in Winnipeg at the Agriculture Canada Rust Research Laboratory (under the supervision of Dr. Reginald Buller).

Dr. Nancy Turner, Distinguised Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Victoria is the 2016 speaker for the William Hanna Lecture, March 24th, 2016

G.E. Barrett-Hamilton Lecture

Major G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton was a renowned British naturalist whose most famous work, History of British Mammals, was published in 21 parts between 1910 & 1921, and is still available in a 1978 reprint edition today.  A copy of this rare incomplete work from G. E. H. Barrett-Hamilton Library, bound in three volumes of seven issues each, exists with other related materials in the Rare Book Vault in Archives & Special Collections. At just 25 years of age, in 1896, Barrett-Hamilton, who was educated at Oxford University, was sent by Lord Salisbury with Prof. D'Arcy Thompson to the Behring Sea & the Pribiloff Islands to research Northern Fur Seals.   He also contirubted often to the journals "The Irish Naturalist" & "Ibis." In 1901-02, he served in South Africa in the Boer War.  In 1903, he married Maud C. Eland of Ravenshill, Transvaal, with whom he had six children.  In October 1913, the British Colonial Office & the British Museum of Natural History sent him on a mission to research whales in the Antarctic, who were facing extinction due to over-fishing.  He died of sudden heart-failure on the island of South Georgia on January 17, 1914, at the age of 43.

His grandson, Michael Nesbitt (B.Comm./56, B.A./57) has founded the G.E. Barrett-Hamilton lecture series, which invites world-renowned scientists present their work to the department of Biological Sciences department and the public.

Dr. Robin Waples from the Northwest Fisheries Science Centre in Seattle, Washington will be the speaker for the Barrett-Hamilton lecture in 2017. The public lecture will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm. in room 200 Robson Hall. The title of the lecture will be "Conservation and management of Pacific salmon in a changing world."

Past Lectures

October 23, 2014 - Dr. Neil Hammerschlag (Department of Biology, University of Miami) "Tiger Sharks: Uncovering Mysteries of a Feared and Magnificent Super Predator."

November 14, 2013 - Dr. Terrie Williams (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz) "Sensitive Cetaceans: are dolphins and whales (and other sea mammals) expecially vulnerable to human disturbance?"

October 4, 2012 – Dr. Merav Ben-David (University of Wyoming) “Can Polar Bears Cope with Ice Loss in the Arctic?”

October 20, 2011 – Dr. David Post (Yale University) “Ecological Importance of Biodiversity Among and Within Species”