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Celebrating 70 years of field biology

  • [Jessie V. Deslauriers Centre for Biology]
    The new Jessie V. Deslauriers Centre for Biology at QUBS includes the Jack Hambleton Library, laboratory classrooms and a herbarium. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • [Principal Daniel Woolf and MPP Sophie Kiwala]
    Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf and MPP Sophie Kiwala attended the grand opening of the Jessie V. Deslauriers Centre for Biology at the Queen's University Biological Station. The new facility includes the Jack Hambleton Library. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • [Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre display]
    The open house featured displays by several groups including the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre, which is the result of an agreement between QUBS and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • [Dragonfly]
    Open house attendees got an up-close look at some of the insects that inhabit the Lake Opinicon area. (Photo by Greg Black)

The Queen’s University Biological Station just turned 70 and it shows no signs of slowing down.

QUBS, which is located 50 km northeast of Kingston near the small community of Chaffey’s Lock, hosted its annual open house on June 28 where supporters marked the anniversary and celebrated the official opening of the new Jessie V. Deslauriers Centre for Biology. Ms. Deslaurier, Artsci’87, Artsci’91, gave a $1 million gift to support the construction of the research and teaching facility. The building includes a library named in honour of her father, noted journalist Jack Hambleton, four laboratory classrooms and a herbarium.

Also during the open house, guests could browse displays created by QUBS researchers and summer interns, as well as learn more about local diversity and various conservation initiatives.

As one of the premier scientific field stations in Canada, QUBS has supported thousands of students who have studied and explored the Lake Opinicon area. They’ve conducted research and participated in courses spanning ecology, evolution, conservation, geography and environmental science. Learn more about QUBS.