ABOUT Malcolm Campbell

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Malcolm Campbell is a biologist.

Born in Montréal and raised in a small city in Ontario, Malcolm studied genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Guelph and University of British Columbia. Following post-doctoral work in Toulouse, France and Raleigh, North Carolina, Malcolm had a faculty position at the University of Oxford, combined with a tutorial fellowship at Brasenose College, for 8 years.

Malcolm has been at the University of Toronto since 2004, where he has held professorial appointments in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology, the Faculty of Forestry, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and the Graduate Department of Environmental Sciences. He is currently Vice Principal, Research at University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus.

Malcolm’s research group focuses on genome biology, with a particular emphasis on tree genome function. His lab’s current research explores the role of the epigenome in conditioning plant responses to the environment. Malcolm lends his experience in these areas, as well as in administration and strategic planning, to a number of journal editorial boards, scientific and non-scientific advisory boards, as well as governmental, non-governmental and community organisations.

In his spare time, Malcolm is often seen running with whippets, listening to great podcasts and music, and thinking. Malcolm attributes any success to his fantastic family, especially his wonderful partner and three amazing kids.

Malcolm can be found on Twitter at @m_m_campbell.

 

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Morsels For The Mind – 18/04/2014

Posted 19 April 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur &... Read more

The uncertain life of a squirrel

Posted 19 April 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

“Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.” from The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) As Benjamin Franklin said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. For squirrels, taxes are no certainty. Death, on the other hand, is. The chance encounter with the small corpse of a black squirrel was an affecting reminder of the fleeting nature of life – of the certainty of death.... Read more

Morsels For The Mind – 11/04/2014

Posted 12 April 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur &... Read more

A billion-year-old conversation – plants’ internal dialogue

Posted 11 April 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

“Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.” Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910) For hundreds of millions of years, plants have had an internal dialogue, and we are just beginning to learn the words. The dialogue occurs between two compartments within plant cells – the nucleus and the chloroplast. That dialogue has its genesis about one billion years ago. It’s a dialogue that continues today, shaping the productivity of... Read more

Morsels For The Mind – 04/04/2014

Posted 5 April 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur &... Read more

First signs of spring – not when they used to be

Posted 4 April 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

“I am on the alert for the first signs of spring, to hear the chance note of some arriving bird, or the striped squirrel's chirp, for his stores must be now nearly exhausted, or see the woodchuck venture out of his winter quarters.” from Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) After a long winter, signs of spring are seen as welcome harbingers of easier times ahead. The emergence of early spring blossoms, like crocuses and snowdrops, proclaim the end of... Read more

Morsels For The Mind – 28/03/2014

Posted 30 March 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur &... Read more

Cold as ice – organisms that embrace the frigid spring

Posted 28 March 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

“The day is an epitome of the year. The night is the winter, the morning and evening are the spring and fall, and the noon is the summer.” from Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) When Ella Fitzgerald crooned “Spring can really hang you up the most”, her notes rang true to the human ear and Nature alike. In temperate climes, spring is a difficult time. As T.S. Eliot lamented in his epic poem, The Waste Land, “April is the... Read more

Morsels For The Mind – 21/03/2014

Posted 22 March 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur &... Read more

Frozen in time – lives, the universe, and everything

Posted 21 March 2014 by Malcolm Campbell

“If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do, is to save every day, ‘til eternity passes away, just to spend them with you.” from Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce (1943-1973) If you catch the light just right, you can see the waves. Ripples in snow. Literally frozen in time. As the snow fell, the conditions were ideal for creating the ripples. The ideal consistency of snow – fine enough to... Read more