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Diving into marine conservation

Third-year student Sonya Lee did a co-op work term at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, where she helped out on a coral conservation project.


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Shoreline sampling

Marine Biology students have many opportunties to go on field trips to take live samples of intertidal zone species.


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Marine predators as bioprobes

Dr. Sara Iverson's research at Dal and as Scientific Director with the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) aims at better understanding the relationships between marine animals, ocean dynamics, and climate change.


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"Canada's Ocean Playground"

Nova Scotia's geographical features help make it one of the best places to study Marine Biology in Canada.


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How many fish in the sea?

One of Dr. Jeff Hutchings' research projects looks at interactions between farmed and wild Atlantic salmon.


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Demystifying the DNA of fishes

Dr. Paul Bentzen, director of the Marine Gene Probe Lab, explores questions about ecology, conservation and marine management by doing "DNA barcoding" of Atlantic fish species.


Program snapshot

Top 9 reasons to study Marine Biology at Dal:

  1. Get hands-on training in practical scientific techniques in field- or lab-intensive SEASIDE courses offered during the summer semester.
  2. Participate in an observational study of marine organisms, such as seals, salmon, corals, or cephalopods—right on campus.
  3. Take courses taught by passionate faculty members who are world leaders in fisheries conservation, marine mammal behaviour and physiology, and conservation genetics.
  4. Choose the Marine Biology Co-op program, and do work-terms at a local fish hatchery or whale watching company—or maybe even in a marine park in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
  5. Study towards a career in a government fisheries laboratory, an aquaculture farm, or a consulting firm.
  6. Learn at a top university that’s right next to the Atlantic Ocean—and a world leader in ocean research.
  7. Take advantage of Dalhousie’s affiliation with local research institutions, including the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the Institute for Marine Biosciences.
  8. Access the Marine Biology Department’s Marine Gene Probe Laboratory, one of North America’s most comprehensive facilities for DNA sequencing and protein expression.
  9. Benefit from the new Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) at the Oceans Excellence Centre, now under construction next to Dal’s Oceanography Department.

What will I learn?


In the Marine Biology program, you'll make discoveries in our classrooms–and out on the open water. You'll learn about the fascinating animals living in our oceans. You might study the behaviour of sperm whales, run your own underwater experiment, track fish movements, and much more.

What can I do?

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Studying Marine Biology at Dal will prepare you for a variety of careers involving our oceans and their creatures. Whether you want to document marine life diversity or develop policies to help conserve it, our Marine Biology program gives you the knowledge and experience you need.