2020-03-17: The global COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold as do institutional and government responses. We are monitoring the situation and responding to guidance and imperatives from Queen's University. For now we intend to stay open for individual researchers for the Spring and Summer but encourage them to access our facilities and landbase each day from home packing their own bagged lunch. We will not host gatherings of more than 10 people, and field courses, large workshops and other such meetings will not be hosted until further notice. For researchers from farther away, we will work to accommodate you in our facilities but will seek to ensure 'social distancing' with only one person per cabin, plenty of hand sanitizer and soap and water, and access to cooking facilities so that individuals may provide for themselves (we are exploring kitchen options). Please contact us should you have questions and note that our plans and actions may change as the situation evolves. Here is a link to COVID-19 resources at Queen's: https://www.queensu.ca/covidinfo/

Should you have questions regarding activities at QUBS please contact our Senior Manager Sonia Nobrega, Operations Managers of our two campuses, Aron Zolderdo and Adam Morcom, of QUBS Director Stephen Lougheed.

Please check back regularly for the latest updates.

Events & Outreach

QUBS Open House, 2015


QUBS Seminars 2019

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 - 7:44 AM
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Each year we run a seminar series from May through August, with topics running the gamut from natural history, environmental management, and natural history to wildlife art. Held in the Conference Room in the R.J. Robertson Biodiversity Centre each Wednesday at 7:00 pm, seminars begin in the first week of May. All are welcome!

Date Speaker Talk Title
1 May Dr. Chris Elvidge (Biology, Carleton University) Providence lost: Provenance and migratory behaviour of brown trout in Finland
8 May QUBS researchers and staff What we do at QUBS
15 May Kevin Burke & Jamie Bortolotti (MSc Candidates, Queen’s University Kevin - Patterns of habitat partitioning among coexisting species of Burying Beetles. Jamie - Vocal behaviour of closely related bird species.
22 May Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus (Laurentian University The solutions should not cause more problems: Evidence-based science to inform recovery of Species at Risk reptiles 
29 May Sarena Olson (MSc Candidate, Queen’s University) The maternal effects of avian malaria in red-winged blackbirds
5 June Dr. Mike Lawrence (Carlton University) Does chronic stress mediate predator-prey interactions in wild fish? An experimental approach using exogenous cortisol implants
12 June Dr. Rob Longair (University of Calgary) Elephant Wasps of Africa: Male weapons and intrepid explorers
19 June Dr. Heather Castleden (Department of Geography & Planning and the Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University Two-Eyed Seeing: An integrative approach for implementing Indigenous and Western systems in environment-health research in Mi’kma’ki
26 June Dr. Diane Orihel (Biology & Environmental Studies, Queen's University Effects of oil sands chemicals of concern on early life stages of fish and amphibians: Results from outdoor aquatic mesocosm experiments
3 July Dr. Shelley Ball (President, BIOSPHERE Environmental Education) Why climate change and conservation need photography and filmmaking
10 July Scott Siegfried (US Army, Natural Resources) Fort Drum culvert replacement projects benefit aquatic organism passage
17 July Prof. Steve Lukits (Royal Military College) Look at That! My best images from 15 amazing years in the QUBS wilderness
24 July Dr. Jannice Friedman (Biology, Queen's University) Ecological genetics of life cycle variation in plants: the seed to succeed across spatial scales
31 July Dr. Timothy Messner (Anthropology, State University of NY Potsdam) Archaeology of the Adirondack Mountains
7 August Leanne Greaves (PhD candidate, Biology, Western University) Avian chemosignals: odour-based discrimination of species, sex, and major histocompatibility complex genotype in a songbird
14 August Lila Colston-Nepali & Katie Birchard (MSc candidates, Biology, Queen’s University) Lily: Using genomic tools to aid conservation of an arctic seabird. Katie: Using population genomics to disentangle the Leach's storm-petrel species complex (Hydrobates spp.)
21 August Liam Harrison (MSc Candidate, Biology, Queen’s University) Thermal ecology & plasticity in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus orbicollis: an observational field study
28 August Danielle Greco (MSc Candidate, Biology, Queen’s University) Effects of road salt and nutrients on freshwater zooplankton communities


2019 FFF poster corrected again

2019 Fungi Workshop Details and How to Apply


You can see other upcoming events here.

Many of our Outreach activities, including Eco-Adventure Camp for 10-14 year olds, occur at our Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. Situated at the end of Hewlett-Packard Road off North Shore Road, the Centre is on the shores of pristine Elbow Lake embedded within 400 hectares of rugged terrain and varied wetlands and forests.

Activities like our Open House, weekly spring and summer seminar series, and many workshops occur at our main research and teaching facility on the shores of Lake Opinicon, directions for which may be found on our Contact Page.

Eco-Adventure Camp

Run from July 2nd to August 23rd, the camp for young people aged 9-14 focuses on exploring nature and the environment, as well as outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing. It is held at our Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. For more information visit the Eco-Adventure web site.

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