Queen's University Biological Station

The Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS) is one of the premier scientific field stations in Canada. For almost 70 years, researchers and students have gathered at QUBS to conduct leading-edge research and participate in courses spanning ecology, evolution, conservation, geography, and environmental science.

QUBS Open House 2022

QUBS Open House 2022 Post Card

Eco-Adventure staff working virtually

Zoom image of Eco-Adventure staff inviting campers

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced all of us, including Eco-Adventure Camp counsellors, to work virtually. 

Arnott Lab Displays Open House 2019

Shelley Arnott Lab Displays Open House 2019

Members of Dr. Shelley Arnott's lab showcasing their research at the 2019 QUBS Open House.

Opeongo High School visit 2019

Opeongo High School visit

Opeongo High School excursion to swallow grids with QUBS Director emeritus Raleigh J. Robertson.

Danielle and Brooke

Danielle and Brooke working at Long Lake

Danielle and Brooke attending to their mesocosms at Long Lake

Carleton research vessel

Carleton research vessel

Carleton research vessel at sunrise.

Herbarium volunteers

Volunteers in the Fowler Herbarium

Stella Cowley, John Greenhorn, and Donna Greenhorn with Dr. Adriana Lopez-Villalobos, Data & Collections Manager.

Kestrel with Tree Swallows

Kestrel with Tree Swallows

Summer intern Kestrel talking about her tree swallow work with nest boxes.

February 4, 2017: Biology 202 students visit QUBS

Biology 202 students on Lake Opinicon

Biology 202 students sampling through the ice on Lake Opinicon

Fish radiotracking

Fish radiotracking

Fish radiotracking

Reptile display tent

Reptile display tent at the QUBS Open House

Reptile display tent at the QUBS Open House, June 2015. (Photo by Greg Black)

Bill Halliday and Ashley Bramwell showing a snake

Bill Halliday and Ashley Bramwell showing a snake to one of our Open House 2015 guests.

Bill Halliday and Ashley Bramwell showing a snake to one of our Open House 2015 guests. (Photo by Greg Black)

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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update 2022-04-23: We continue to monitor the global COVID-19 crisis and to respond to guidance and imperatives from Queen's University and local and provincial public health authorities.

We are excited to reopen our kitchen on May 1st 2022, and welcome back field courses to QUBS.  Please contact us if you wish to have a workshop or retreat at the Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS), or if you wish to pursue research on QUBS land base.  Research and accommodation applications are found here. We can answer any questions you may have. 

We would like to assure all users and staff of QUBS that we are taking every possible precaution to minimize transmission of COVID-19 and trying to best support researchers, students and staff for the 2022 field season.  Conditions continue to evolve and we are responding as quickly as we can, and in a way that prioritizes our staff, researchers, and public health in all decision making.  We have limited accommodations on site in 2022, to provide as much physical distancing as possible.  Please connect with station staff, to confirm current conditions and policies.  Masking is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  With this in mind, we will continue with masking indoors in all common indoor spaces at QUBS

We also ask that you use the self-assessment tool from the Ontario Ministry of Health to determine if you have COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival to QUBS and at any time you have been in contact with a COVID-19 case or experience symptoms of COVID-19.  If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 please connect with station staff immediately by phone or email, and remain isolated.  Isolation protocols will be followed as applicable.

Should you have questions regarding activities at QUBS please contact our Senior Manager Sonia Nobrega, Operations Managers of our two campuses, Aaron Zolderdo (Opinicon) and Adam Morcom (Elbow Lake), or QUBS Director Stephen Lougheed

Please check back regularly for the latest updates.

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