B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD

Instructor, Biology
School of STEM
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604.986.1911 ext. 2445
Fir Building, room fr492


PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rutgers University, 1996.

M.Sc., Cell and Developmental Biology, Rutgers University, 1991.

B.Sc., Rutgers University, 1987.


Paul McMillan (PhD, Rutgers University, 1996) received three degrees (B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD) from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where his research interests ranged from the genetic control of neural development to the evolution of mechanisms of genetic recombination.

After earning his PhD, he turned to applied research and consulting in the field of ecological restoration. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Riverside, working on ecological restoration of coastal sage scrub ecosystems. He has also worked as a private consultant and as a scientist for the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

McMillan started teaching in 1997, and joined the faculty at Capilano University in 2000. In addition to his scholarly and teaching interests, he has taken an active role in university governance. He served on the Capilano University Senate for nine years, and has chaired numerous Senate committees. He is currently Chair of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

I teach courses in a wide range of biological subjects.

For students who are interested in pursuing a career in science, I teach General Biology, Ecology, Genetics and Microbiology. I also teach a variety of courses designed for students in non-science programs, including Human Biology, Environmental Biology, Ecological Principles for Sustainability and Evolution of Life.

As a teacher, I am committed to promoting scientific and ecological literacy, and I believe science can be taught in a way that makes it fun, engaging and accessible to students with diverse backgrounds and interests.