Welcome to the Department of Biology!


Dr. Timothy Rawlings, Chair of the Department of Biology

We are a small Biology Welcome Page 2but active department consisting of eight tenured faculty, two Research Chairs (in Environmental Remediation and Marine Ecology), and five lab instructors.  Our goal as a department is to work hard to provide all of our students with the training and skills necessary to meet their career objectives.  Our 3- and 4-year B.Sc degree programs are designed to ensure that each student gets a good grounding in key concepts and skills that are essential for a biologist, while the breadth of our course offerings allows students to specialize in the areas of ecology and evolutionary biology, cell and molecular biology and health/medical sciences.

Unlike larger universities, our small class sizes provide students with the opportunity to get to know and interact with our friendly faculty and lab instructors.  Likewise, over 85% of our courses have an associated lab component, where we emphasize hands-on activities, applying knowledge to real-world problems, and skills development.  In fact, many of our labs take students outside the classroom to apply material learned in lectures to the forests, streams, and shorelines nearby.

When not teaching, our faculty are actively engaged in scientific research.  Current projects include topics such as the search for genes encoding grain hardness/antimicrobial properties in oat genomes, field and lab studies of behavioural thermoregulation in nestling birds, and investigations of early reptilian and mammalian life in >300 million year old sediments.

Our faculty bring their research into lectures and lab activities, whenever possible, but also encourage students to participate in their scientific research projects.  Our students have been involved in research projects that have taken them snorkeling in the tropical waters of Barbados, sampling whelk and sea cucumber from fishing boats off Scatarie Bank, and examining the effects of moose grazing in the Cape Breton Highlands.  Exposing students to scientific research is an important component of the educational experience that we offer in CBU-Biology: not only is it challenging and fun, but it provides students with important skills required for their future careers in the Sciences.

How can you get involved in Biology at CBU?

  • Join one of the many student-led Societies on campus! 
  • Meet our students – Past and Present!
  • Like us or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
  • Check out the BSc Biology Majors/Honours Moodle Page for information about doing an honours, student job ads, and lots more!
  • Find out what is happening on our News and Events page!
  • Or just come and hang out in our student lounge BioCentre (A-106A)!





Tim Rawlings
Associate Professor, Biology / Dept. Chair

Office: TC117

Phone: 902.563.1138

Michael Tanchak
Professor, Biology & Dept. Vice-Chair

Office: TC124

Phone: 902.563.1104

Rod Beresford
Assistant Professor, Integrative Science

Office: A116A

Phone: 902.563.1609

Thomas Bouman
Associate Professor, Biology

Office: A115A

Phone: 902.563.1294

Chantelle Cormier
Senior Laboratory Instructor

Office: A-116-A

Phone: 902.563.1814

Denise Forgeron
Senior Laboratory Instructor

Office: A115E

Phone: 902.563.1108

Barb Glassey
Associate Professor, Biology

Office: TC-108

Phone: 902.563.1971

Cyndie Glogowski
Senior Laboratory Instructor, Biology Department

Office: A-115-B

Phone: 902.563.1362

Bruce Hatcher
University Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research, Director of the Bras d'Or Institute, Associate Professor of Biology

Office: A138-B

Phone: 902.563.1988

Katherine Jones
Associate Professor, Biology

Office: TC113

Phone: 902.563.1973

Kathy MacIntosh
Senior Laboratory Instructor, Biology

Office: A132C

Phone: 902.563.1969

David McCorquodale
Professor of Biology and Dean of Science & Technology

Office: B212

Phone: 902.563.1262

Sean Modesto
Associate Professor, Biology

Office: TC111

Phone: 902.563.1972

Ken Oakes
Associate Professor, Biology

Office: CS207

Phone: 902.563.1667

Vielka Salazar
Associate Professor, Biology

Office: A115D

Phone: 902.563.1288

Kellie White
Senior Laboratory Instructor, Biology

Office: A218A

Phone: 902.563.1816

Cheryl Bartlett
Professor Emeritus

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