News archive - 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Natural causes are the key driver of change in Athabasca Delta flood patterns, research shows

Athabasca Delta aerial view

Natural environmental processes—not upstream energy projects—are the primary cause of changing flood patterns in Alberta’s Athabasca Delta, new research shows.

The research also shows there is no evidence to support the perception that energy projects have increased the amount of metal pollutants in the delta ecosystem.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Waterloo’s synthetic biology iGEM team awarded silver standing at annual international competition

iGEM lab team in lab coats

Each year since 2005, a group of students from the University of Waterloo has been embracing the challenging, but rewarding world of synthetic biology, problem solving and researching for the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition. This competition brings together teams from countries around the world to showcase projects, and learn from each other at an annual conference.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Biology Professor Kirsten Müller embarking on leadership voyage to Antarctica

Leaving family, friends and Wi-Fi might not be most people’s idea of a dream experience. However, for biology Professor Kirsten Müller, these things are necessary for her upcoming once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica. In this trip, she will travel alongside 99 other women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine) fields as the fourth cohort of Homeward Bound.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tree of life: Powerful online tool will help researchers make new genomic discoveries

Annotree

University of Waterloo researchers have developed a powerful new online tool that allows users to navigate through an interactive microbial tree of life, and to generate new scientific hypotheses and discoveries.

By integrating data across thousands of microbial genomes, “AnnoTree” provides a comprehensive framework for exploring the evolution of microbial genes and functions, and can be used to advance research across a wide range of industries including microbiology, biotechnology, industrial products, biofuels, and food science.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Opinion: Canada should work with First Nations to avert extinction crisis by DAVID SCHINDLER & R.C. ROONEY

Smoggy city

Dr. R.C. Rooney, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, at the University of Waterloo and Dr. David Schindler, Professor Emeritus of Ecology, Biological Sciences Department, at the University of Alberta. Both are among more than 30 signatories to a call-to action letter recently sent to Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

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