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Ross Shaw

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

PhD (British Columbia), M.Sc. (Maine), B.Sc. (Alberta)

6-118H, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Ross Shaw has experience working in marine biology, specifically fish disease and coral reef systems. He has worked with scientists from both coasts and maintains active connections with researchers at a various biological stations around the world. Our oceans are under increasing threat, and Dr. Shaw is passionate about learning what can be done to preserve these areas. Currently, he is involved in a large-scale project to bring a public aquarium to the greater Edmonton area.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Aquariums, coral reefs, fish disease, marine biology, molecular phylogeny

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Shaw's teaching focuses on cellular biology and marine biology. He teaches a mixture of introductory and upper-level courses. He believes strongly in cultivating student interests. His research crosses between the scholarship of teaching and learning and the direct biology of coral reef systems. Currently, he is researching the health of captive coral grown on site in MacEwan's marine reef tanks.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Kent, M.L., Shaw, R.W., & Sanders, J.L. (2014). Microsporidia in fish. In L. Weiss & J. Becnel (Eds.), Microsporidia: Pathogens of opportunity. doi:10.1002/9781118395264.ch20

Shaw, R.W., & Toonen, R.J. (2012). Eco explorers exhibit: Marine biology. Telus World of Science, Edmonton, Alberta.

Shaw, R.W. (2011). Using MasteringBiology: Case Study Ross Shaw. MasteringBiology Success Stories. Profiles of Pearson Technology Users. Pearson Canada. http://elearning.pearsoncanada.ca/videos/mastering-biology-ross-shaw.html.

Zac, H.F.,  Concepcion, G.T., Haverkort, R.D., Shaw, R.W., Maragos, J.E., Toonen, R.J. (2010). Ecomorph or endangered coral? DNA and microstructure reveal Hawaiian species complexes: Montipora dilatata/flabellata/turgescens & M. patula/verilli. PLoS ONE http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0015021

Zac, H.F.,  Concepcion, G.T., Haverkort, R.D., Shaw, R.W., Maragos, J.E., & Toonen, R.J. (2010). Is montipora dilatata an endangered coral species or an ecotype? Genes and skeletal microstructure lump seven Hawaiian species into four groups. Technical report National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/Library/PRD/SOC/SOC%20Final%20Report%202009.pdf

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • MacEwan University, Distinguished Teaching Award (2016)
  • MacEwan University, Undergraduate Student Research Initiative Award (2014)x
  • Pearson Canada, Research Survey Funding (2013)
  • MacEwan University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty Development Supplemental Fund: Curriculum Development (2010)
  • MacEwan University, Divisional Faculty Development, Additional Fund (2010)
  • MacEwan University, Faculty Development Funding for Presenting on Research on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2009)
  • MacEwan University Research Council Special Scholarly Activity Fund (2008)
  • MacEwan University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Research Fund (2005)

Boards / Committees

  • Alberta Aquarium Project, Vice Chair
  • Pearson Education Canada, Faculty Advisor, MasteringBiology

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