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Stephen C. Lougheed
Professor, Department of Biology and School of Environmental Studies
Director, Queen's University Biological Station and Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre
Department of Biology, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
Telephone: 613-533-6128
FAX: 613-533-6617
email: steve.lougheed@queensu.ca

Present

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Rute Clemente-Carvalho Project: Genomics of fish and bears.
  • BIO: Rute completed her MSc at the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil (MZUSP) and PhD at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (UNICAMP). Her research interests centre on population genetics and systematics, and in particular on patterns of morphological differentiation and molecular divergence among populations across their geographic ranges. She spent one year (2010-2011 )in Lougheed’s lab as postdoc examining the phytogeography of Argentine toads Melaphryniscus rubriventris. She has returned to our lab to oversee some exciting Arctic fisheries and polar bear genomics projects.
  • email: rute_beatriz@hotmail.com

 

  • Evelyn Jensen Project: Range-wide population genomics of polar bears.
  • BIO: Evelyn completed her BSc at the University of Alberta and MSc and PhD at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Her research brings together population genetic theory and advanced genomic methods to understand and conserve species at-risk. She is currently working on a range-wide population genomic study of polar bears in Canada.
  • email: evelyn.jensen@queensu.ca

 

Graduate Students

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  • Danielle Beaulne (M.Sc. started 2015) Provisional thesis title: Fine-scale landscape genomics of the spring peeper. Comparing spatial hypotheses using different data sources. Co-supervised with Georgia Fotopoulos (Geology).
  • BIO: Danielle completed her B.Sc. at Queen’s University in the Department of Geological Engineering. Throughout her undergrad, Danielle continued to pursue her interest in biology by taking courses in the department. With the intent of linking her passions, she is now pursuing an M.Sc. under the co-supervision of professors in both the Biology and Geology Departments. Whether it’s looking at rocks, or climbing them indoors, Danielle pursues her interests inside and outside of the lab.

  • email: danielle.beaulne@queensu.ca
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  • Nick Cairns (Ph.D. started 2013) Working thesis title: Genomic insights into speciation in spring peepers.
  • BIO: Nick did his B.Sc. at Brandon University including an undergraduate thesis investigating small snake ecology with Dr. Pamela Rutherford, he completed his M.Sc. on freshwater turtle bycatch and mitigation with Dr. Gabriel Blouin-Demers (University of Ottawa) and Dr. Steven Cooke (Carleton University). His current project is focuses on using genomic tools to look for the signature of reproductive isolation between lineages of the spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). Nick’s academic interests reflect his personal ones, he enjoys observing flora and fauna with a particular interest in arid-land natural history.
  • email: 13nc5@queensu.ca
  • Ying Chen (M.Sc. started 2017) Provisional thesis title: Reproductive behaviour and genetics of the spring paper.
  • BIO: For my undergrad, I spent the first 2 years at Tongji University and then 2 more years at Queen’s University as a “2+2” program student in environmental science. I finished with dual B.Sc degrees from both universities. As a city girl from Shanghai, my great interest in biology was accidentally sparked by a trip to the Queen’s University Biological Station, which lead me to a research project on frog calling phenology in Dr. Lougheed’s lab in my 4th year. Sparked by my newfound passion for frogs from this, I now continue into an M.Sc. evaluating male spring peeper’s perching behaviour during breeding, as well as some quantitative genetics of calls.
  • email: 15yc24@queensu.ca
  • Hannah Driver (M.Sc. started 2017) Provisional thesis title: Stock genomics of Lake Whitefish at the northern extent of their range.
  • BIO: Hannah completed her B.Sc. at Queen’s University, where she did an undergraduate thesis investigating latitudinal differences in a core circadian gene in seabirds. This sparked her interest in genetic research, and now, as part of a large-scale Arctic fisheries project, she is pursuing an M.Sc. concentrating on understanding the population structure of lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) at its northern range limit in Nunavut, Canada.
  • email: 12hgd1@queensu.ca
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  • Wenxi Feng (M.Sc. started 2014; switch to PhD 2016) Provision thesis title: eDNA approaches to quantifying species distributions.
  • BIO: Wenxi finished his undergraduate degree at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He met Steve through his Canada-China field course (taught with colleague Yuxiang Wang) in 2012 and decided to come to Queen’s for graduate work. His current research involves using environmental DNA (eDNA) to map turtle species distributions in Eastern Ontario and developing eDNA based fish community survey protocols for Eastern China freshwater lakes.
  • email: 14wwf@queensu.ca
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  • Megan Hazell (Ph.D. started 2015) Provision thesis title: Spatial genomics and conservation of temperate snakes.
  • BIO: to come
  • email: to come
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  • Leslie Holmes (Ph.D. started 2012) Provisional thesis title: Evolution of the cowpea weevil, Callosobruchus maculates, in response to stress in the face of predation and competition. Co-supervised with Bill Nelson.
  • BIO: Leslie received her B.Sc. in forensic science from U. Windsor in 2008. Early in her undergrad degree, she began working in a forensic entomology lab as a work study student. Helping graduate students at the time with their theses, she became enamoured with the study of insects and their application in forensics. She completed her M.Sc. with Dr. VanLaerhoven at Windsor working on the life-history of the black soldier fly to see how we might maintain soldier fly-based waste management facilities year-round in S. Ontario. During her MSc. she spent a year in Texas mentored by Dr. Tomberlin at Texas A&M University. She moved to Queen’s University to undertake a PhD with Bill Nelson & Steve Lougheed using cowpea weevils in the lab to address questions related to competition & predation.
  • email: 12lh22@queensu.ca
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  • Peiwen Li (Ph.D. started 2017) Provisional thesis title: Stock & evolutionary genomics of Arctic char in the Lower Northwest Passage.
  • BIO: Peiwen completed her B.Sc. at Tongji University, Shanghai, China, and Queen’s University in Environmental Science under a “Queen’s-Tongji 2+2 program”, receiving B.Sc. degrees from both institutions. She met Dr. Stephen Lougheed, one of the coordinators of the “2+2 program”, before she came to Queen’s University. Steve aroused her interests in molecular genetics and bioinformatics, and she then worked as a summer intern in the Lougheed lab on an exciting Arctic fisheries project. The project helped her to decide to pursue her interests in biology. With this newfound passion for biology, she is now pursuing a Ph.D., focusing on understanding population structure and evolutionary genomics of Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) in Nunavut, Canada.
  • email: peiwen.li@queensu.ca
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  • Becky Taylor (Ph.D started 2013) Provision thesis title: Parallel divergence by allochrony in the band-rumped storm-petrel species complex (Hydrobates spp.). Co-supervised with Vicki Friesen.
  • BIO: Becky completed her undergrad degree at the University of Bristol, UK, including a thesis on the behaviour of red foxes at the boundary of their home range. She then worked as a researcher for a conservation organisation for 2 years, before undertaking her M.Sc. at the University of Exeter, UK. For her Masters she investigated Wolbachia prevalence, phylogenetics and horizontal transfer in wild British moth species. Her continued interest in phylogenetics and conservation  prompted her to move to Queen’s to undertake genomics research on allochronic speciation in a cryptic species complex of seabird, the band-rumped storm-petrel. Outside of her academic studies, Becky enjoys travelling, football (soccer), and beating her lab mate Amanda at squash.
  • email: 13rst@queensu.ca
  • Jesús Vargas Soriano (Ph.D started 2017) Provision thesis title: Understanding diversification of Campylorhynchus wrens in Southeastern Mexico: Speciation of the Yucatan Wren in the Northern of Yucatan Peninsula
  • BIO: I am currently a first year PhD student at Queen´s University. I am interested in evolutionary biology, and particularly phylogeography. For my doctorate I am focusing on  the evolution of Yucatan Wren (Campylorhynchus yucatanicus) a member of the wren family (Troglodytidae), a family with high endemism in Mesoamerica. Using DNA data and recordings of vocalizations, I will test hypotheses of diversification the Campylorhynchus and particularly the effect of th Yucatan peninsula on evolution of local diversity. For a hobby, I enjoy walking into the forest taking in its wonderful smells and clean air, and hearing the sound of birds.
  • email: 14jvs@queensu.ca

Research Associates

 

 

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  • Amy Chabot Project: Conservation genomics of loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus). African Lion Safari.
  • BIO: Amy completed her M.Sc. at McGill University. After a decade working as a biological consultant and for various non-profit organizations including Bird Studies Canada and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests she returned to academia. She completed her PhD, which investigated the impact of migration on gene flow in a North American grassland bird, in Dr. Lougheed’s lab at Queen’s in 2011. She has returned as a post-doctoral fellow working with Queen’s and African Lion Safari to develop genomics tools to assist in conservation.
  • email: amy.chabot@queensu.ca

 

Undergraduate Thesis Students

  • Annalisa Cecutti
  • B.Sc. Honours BIOL537 thesis candidate (Biology). 2017-18. Provisional thesis title: Genomic clines at a contact zone between nuclear lineages of the spring peeper.
  • email: 13ac131@queensu.ca
  • Zoe Clarke
  • B.Sc. Honours mentorship student. 2017-18 (Biology). Provisional thesis title: Phylogeographic patterns in the rufous-collared sparrow using ddRAD-Seq.
  • email: 14zac2@queensu.ca
 
  • Daniel Gillis
  • B.Sc. Honours BIOL537 candidate. 2017-18 (Biology). Provisional thesis title: Fine-scale genetic structure of largemouth bass in Lake Opinicon.
  • email: 13dg38@queensu.ca
  • Michelle Harwood
  • B.Sc. Honours BIOL537 candidate. 2017-18 (Biology). Provisional thesis title: Temporal spatial patterns of connectivity in polar bears in Nunavut using ddRAD-Seq.
  • email: m.harwood@queensu.ca
  • Cora Jennings
  • B.Sc. Honours BIOL537 candidate. 2017-18 (Biology). Provisional thesis title: Testing the extent of hybridization in the Lake whitefish complex.
  • email: 14clj@queensu.ca
  • ShuRui Li (co-supervised with Dr. Yuxiang Wang)
  • B.Sc. Honours ENSC502 candidate. 2017-18 (Environmental Studies). Provisional thesis title: Evaluating age structure of Arctic fishes.
  • email: 16sl43@queensu.ca
  • Junjie Lin (co-supervised with Dr. Daniel Lefebvre)
  • B.Sc. Honours ENSC502 candidate. 2017-18 (Environmental Studies). Provisional thesis title: Using eDNA to evaluate distributions of Microcystis.
  • email: 15jj14@queensu.ca

Past

Postdoctoral Fellows

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Thesis Students

Past Visiting Scientists

Work Study Students & Lab Volunteers

International Internship Students

Research Associates

(from St. Lawrence College)