Sally Leys

Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
Email
sleys@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-6629
Address
5-063 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

Research

My research interests concern the evolution of the first metazoan body plans. In my lab we use a diverse set of approaches to study how the sponge body plan works, and to interpret how it may be related to that of cnidarians, placozoans, and higher animals.

Our lab tools are high end microscopy – EM, video and light microscopy – physiology and molecular techniques, but we also study these animals in the field – by diving, snorkeling, and use of a remote operated vehicle. Much of our field work occurs at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, but we also work at the Friday Harbor Laboratories

Courses

BIOL 361 - Marine Science

An introduction to marine science and marine biology including history of marine exploration, essential features of the physical marine environment, a survey of major marine communities and adaptations of the organisms that live in each, overviews of selected groups of marine organisms (e.g., marine mammals), and human impact on the oceans. Recommended as preparation for courses offered through the Bamfield Marine Station (see courses listed under MA SC). Prerequisite: ZOOL 250 or BIOL 208.

Winter Term 2022
ZOOL 350 - Biology and Evolution of Invertebrates

Invertebrate evolution and adaptations including topics on feeding and nutrition, motility, reproduction and development, and sensory systems. Emphasis will be on material from the primary literature. Laboratory exercises will involve advanced training in techniques of microscopy. Prerequisite: ZOOL 250. ZOOL 303 and ZOOL 351 recommended. Credit can only be obtained for one of ZOOL 350, 450 or 550. Offered in alternate years.

Winter Term 2022
ZOOL 550 - Advanced Biology and Evolution of Invertebrates

Invertebrate evolution and adaptations including topics on feeding and nutrition, motility, reproduction and development, and sensory systems. Emphasis will be on material from the primary literature. Laboratory exercises will involve advanced training in techniques of microscopy. Lectures and labs are the same as for ZOOL 350, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Credit can only be obtained for one of ZOOL 350, 450 or 550. Offered in alternate years.

Winter Term 2022

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