Graduate Students

MSc Candidates  

GOMEZ, Catalina
MSc Candidate
Supervisor: Andrew Gonzalez

Stewart Biology Building, N3/1
Tel: 514-398-6414

Research Summary:
I am interested in tropical marine environments, connectivity and conservation. I focus my study in Octocoral species; soft corals form the Tropical Eastern Pacific. I’m looking at species abundance, diversity, recruitment, growth, predation, interaction with other species and threats.
PhD Candidates  

AUDET, Jean-Nicolas
PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Louis Lefebvre

Stewart Biology Building, W6/1
Phone: 514-929-9929

Research Summary:
My research focuses on the evolution of cognition. More specifically, I study animal behavior by assessing the cognitive abilities of wild-caught birds. Then, in the lab, I will try to shed light on the molecular bases of cognition.

BRADIE, Johanna
PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Brian Leung

Stewart Biology Building, W6/12
Office: 514-398-1833

Research Summary:
Using genetic and population characteristics to predict establishment success of NIS: My research will evaluate population and genetic characteristics that are indicative of a species’ invasive potential. These characteristics will be used to build models to predict future invasions and direct management efforts. In particular, my research will focus on (i) species characteristics that are related to invasiveness, (ii) the role of Allee effects in establishment, (iii) the relationship between population genetic diversity and establishment success, and (iv) the relationship between disturbance in the native environment and invasiveness.

FUGERE, Vincent
PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Lauren Chapman

Stewart Biology Building, N3/12B
Office: 514-398-5956

Research Summary:
My research interests are twofold: (1) evolutionary ecology, and especially the emerging field of eco-evolutionary dynamics, and (2) the ecology and conservation of tropical freshwaters, especially rivers. My Ph.D. research looks at the effects of deforestation on the ecology of streams (food web structure and ecosystem processes) around Kibale National Park, Uganda, and on the morphology and physiology of a stream cyprinid fish (Barbus neumayeri) found in both deforested and forested streams. I am also looking at how deforestation-associated phenotypic change in B. neumayeri can in turn have cascading effects on stream assemblages and function. Finally, to put my thesis in context, I am using data from the FAO and Web of Science to explore the relationships between the research effort devoted to terrestrial-aquatic linkages in different regions of the world and the freshwater biodiversity, ecosystem services and current deforestation rates of those regions.

PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Andrew Hendry

Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke St, W
Office: 514-398-4086

Research Summary:
My research interests are evolutionary and behavioural ecology within both freshwater and marine environments. I am studying spatial and temporal variation in sexual and natural selection utilizing the iconic Trinidadian guppies as my model system. I am using a combination of field and lab experiments to further our understanding of the interaction between sexual selection (colour patterning) and natural selection (predation)

PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Andrew Hendry

Redpath Museum & Dept. of Biology
McGill University
859 Sherbrooke St. W.

Research Summary:
I am interested in the predictability of the evolution of new species (speciation) through natural selection. A great way to explore this question is through the use of naturally-replicated, parallel divergences, such as those found in populations of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) on Vancouver Island. In multiple, independent watersheds, this species has split into two very different ecomorphs: a more benthic stream form, and a more limnetic lake form. By studying the degree to which the replicate populations have followed the same evolutionary path, I hope to better characterize determinism in natural selection and speciation.

NYBOER, Elizabeth
PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Lauren Chapman

Stewart Biology Building, N3/11
Office: 514-398-6192

Research Summary:
My research investigates how anthropogenic stressors affect ecological change in natural populations, with an emphasis on tropical inland fisheries. I use a combination of experimental, observational, and meta-analytical approaches to predict how heavily-exploited tropical freshwater fishes respond to stressors related to climate change and fishing pressure. Specifically, I aim to understand how the Nile perch, an invasive but commercially valuable fish species in the Lake Victoria basin of East Africa, responds to these stressors. Relative to temperate marine systems, effects of exploitation and climate change on tropical inland waters have received little attention even though tropical fishes are predicted to be especially sensitive to global warming given their narrow thermal ranges.

PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Anthony Ricciardi

Redpath Museum, Room 303
Office: 514-398-4086 ext. 00176

Research Summary:
I am studying the context-dependent effects of the nonindigenous round goby on trophic cascades in river systems, using a combination of field, laboratory, and metapopulation analyses. I will also be using these study methods to explore interactions between native amphibians and introduced fish species.

SAMANI, Pedram
PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Graham Bell

Stewart Biology Building, W6/13
Office: 514-398-6725

Research Summary:
My main field of research is experimental evolution. Part of my PhD project is to develop the wild yeast Saccharomyces paradoxus as a model system for ecological and evolutionary experiments. Additionally, I am interested in ecological and evolutionary factors that influence adaptive radiation in sympatric and parapatric conditions. While I consider myself an experimental evolutionary biologist I can never ignore ecology. To understand the evolution of the wild yeast S. paradoxus it is very important to have insight into its ecology. I have started several ecological surveys and experiments in south of Quebec to evaluate the population structure and genetic diversity of S. paradoxus in natural habitats.

TEKWA, Edward W.
PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Andrew Gonzalez & Michel Loreau

Stewart Biology Building, W3/3

Research Summary:
As an evolutionary ecologist, I investigate both the theoretical synthesis and empirical evidence of spatial interactions leading to cooperation. Cooperation at every biotic level leads to the continual existence of ecosystems and life as we know it, so it is an important subject in understanding the maintenance of biotic complexity. I work with analytical models, computer simulations, and the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa to study how cooperation unfolds in different landscapes.

WEVER, Claudia
PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Joseph Dent

Stewart Biology Building, N4/7 (Lab) or N4/6 (Office)
Office: 514-398-6409

Research Summary:
I'm studying acetylcholine-gated chloride channels in C.elegans. I'm interested in characterizing their roles in the C.elegans nervous system as well as investigating their use as novel pesticide targets.

PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Gary Brouhard

Bellini Life Sciences Complex, Room 273
Office: 514-398-8837

Research Summary:
Microtubules are major components of the cytoskeleton required for proper cell growth, division and signalling events. I am focusing on the effects of kinesin protein family members on microtubule dynamics in vitro using a combination of total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy and bioinformatics / structural biology.
Postdoctoral Fellows  

PACCARD, Antoine
Postdoctoral Fellow
Supervisor: Rowan Barrett

Redpath Museum and Department of Biology
Office: 514-398-4086 ext. 094758

Research Summary:
In the face of global climate change, many species will have to adapt in order to persist in their natural environment. Characterizing the genes responsible of adaptation is highly important for understanding this evolutionary process. I am studying adaptation to temperature regime in a model system for ecology and evolution, the threespine stickleback fish. This species occurs along large latitudinal gradients and therefore faces a great range of temperature, making it an excellent model to study such adaptation. I will sample fish along both west and east coasts of North America. I will perform within and between population crosses and use cutting-edge sequencing technology in order to highlight the portion of the genome responsible for temperature adaptation.