Academic Advising & Support

Dalhousie offers many academic support services available to all students (, including the First Year Advising team, who can help new students determine their academic goals and program selection. There are also support resources specific to the Faculty of Science.

Academic Advising

All Faculty of Science departments and programs have academic advisors who are available to meet with students individually.

A Dal Science academic advisor can:

  • Help students choose a major or honours program that suits their goals
  • Help students select the right courses
  • Provide advice if students encounter challenges in a course

Find a Dal Science advisor

Biology and Marine Biology

Undergraduate Advisors (Biology and Marine Biology)

*The Department of Biology maintains an advising schedule, which can be found here.

Jennifer Van Dommelen
Jvandomm@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-1584

Gillian Gass
| (902) 494-8445

Todd Bishop
Todd.Bishop@Dal.Ca | (902) 494 1696

Lara Gibson | (902) 494-8817

Margi Cooper
| (902) 494-8436  

Debra Grantham
Grantham@Dal.Ca | (902) 494 2464

Honours (Biology)

Glenn Crossin
| (902) 494-4258

Co-op and Honours Co-op Coordinator (Biology)

Mindy McCarville
Mindy.McCarville@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-7072

Honours (Marine Biology)

Alan Pinder
Alan.Pinder@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-3822

Julie LaRoche
Julie.LaRoche@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-4249

Christophe Herbinger
| (902) 494-1397

Co-op and Honours Co-op Coordinator (Marine Biology)

Nancy McAllister-Irwin
| (902) 494-3818

Graduate Coordinator

Sophia Stone
S.Stone@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-4541

Earth Sciences

Undergraduate Advisor

Lawrence Plug
lplug@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-1200

Graduate Coordinator

Yana Fedortchouk
Yana@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-8432


Economics Undergraduate and Honours Advisor

Ruth Forsdyke
Ruth.Forsdyke@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-6990

Economics Graduate Coordinators

Daniel Rosenblum & Mutlu Yuksel
Econgrad@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-2026

Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science

Mathematics Undergraduate Advisor

Roman Smirnov | (902) 494-3265

Mathematics Honours Advisor

Dorrette Pronk | 902-494-3732

Statistics Undergraduate & Honours Advisor

Bruce Smith | (902) 494-2257

Actuarial Science Undergraduate and Honours Advisor

Toby Kenney | (902) 494-3896

Graduate Coordinators

David Iron (Mathematics) | (902) 494-2385

Joanna Mills-Flemming (Statistics) | (902) 494-1268

Physics and Atmospheric Science

Physics Undergraduate Advisor

Ian Folkins 
Ian.Folkins@Dal.Ca| (902) 494-1292

Physics Graduate Coordinator

Theodore Monchesky
| (902) 494-3582

Ocean Sciences and Oceanography


Dr. Stephanie Kienast | (902) 494-2203

Graduate Coordinator (Oceanography)

Dr. Markus Kienast | (902) 494-8338


First-year Advisor

Angela Crane | (902) 494.6143

Undergraduate Advisors

Robert White (Last names A-D), Transfer Credits
Robert.White@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-6403

Fran Cozens (Last names E-L)
| (902) 494-6582

Peter Wentzell (Last names M-P)
Peter.Wentzell@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-3708

Peng Zhang (Last names Q-Z), Co-op | (902) 494-3323


Graduate Coordinator

Mark Stradiotto
| (902) 494-7190

Psychology and Neuroscience

You can find a list and schedule of faculty advisors on the Psychology and Neuroscience website here.


Environmental Science

Undergraduate and First Year Advisor

Susan Gass | (902) 494-4530

Medical Sciences

Undergraduate and First Year Advisor

Julie Jordan | (902) 494-1623

Environment, Sustainability & Society (through College of Sustainability)

essadvising@Dal.Ca | (902) 494-7860

Microbiology and Immunology (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate Advisors

Don Stoltz | (902) 494-2590

Lois Murray | (902) 494-6933

Gerry Johnston | (902) 494-6465

John Rhode | (902) 494-7819

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate Advising Team

Booked through: | (902) 494-6436

Integrated Science (First Year Program)

First Year Advisor

Gabrielle Tompkins | (902) 494-8496

Marine Management (Graduate Program)

Graduate Coordinator

Claudio Aporta | (902)494-7132


Solving Academic Problems

If you have a problem with a course (e.g., a missed deadline or a poor mid-term grade)

  • Contact your teaching assistant (TA) or professor
  • Contact an academic advisor  

If you’re not sure your program is right for you, contact an academic advisor.

Become a more efficient and effective learner

Dal's Study Success team offers advice, workshops and tutoring for students who wish to improve their academics.

A few reasons to visit:

  • You're attending class regularly but you feel like you're missing important points
  • You feel like you don't have enough time to get everything done
  • You’d like to bring together key concepts in both lectures and textbooks
  • You want to be fully prepared to write an exam
  • You're doing well in your courses, but think you could do better
  • You’ve experienced some academic failure, whether one paper, one assignment, one midterm or final exam, one or more classes

Learn more on the Study Success website.

Student Accessibility and Accommodations

Dalhousie's Advising and Access Services Centre
is the university's centre of expertise for student accessibility and accommodation.

Academic Integrity

Dalhousie University expects all students to be responsible learners, which means that you will complete assignments yourself and acknowledge sources of information and ideas when they are not your own, among other things.  The University Secretariat outlines academic integrity, including definitnion for plagarism, cheating and consequences. Familiarize yourself on their website here.