Amy Chabot Project: Conservation genomics of loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus). African Lion Safari and Queen’s University.
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.
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.
Danielle Beaulne (M.Sc. started 2015) Provisional thesis title: TBA 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.
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.
Amanda Cicchino (M.Sc. started 2015) Provisional thesis title: Sexual selection and gene flow: Pseudacris crucifer interactions in secondary contact.
BIO: Amanda received her B.Sc. at Queen’s University, completing an Honour’s thesis with Steve on the call evolution of the Spring Peeper. Her interests in evolutionary biology and animal mating systems were strengthened throughout her thesis, leading her to pursue an M.Sc. further investigating the Spring Peeper complex. When she’s not knee-deep in a marsh recording frogs, Amanda enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, beating lab-mate Becky at squash, and attending the occasional gala.
Wenxi Feng (M.Sc. started 2014; switch to PhD 2016) Provision thesis title: eDNA approaches to quantifying species distributions.
BIO: Wenxi Feng 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.
Megan Hazell (Ph.D. started 2015) Provision thesis title: Spatial genomics and conservation of temperate snakes.
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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 bachelor of forensic science degree from the University of 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 Master’s degree under the supervision of 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 southern Ontario. During her MSc. she was afforded the opportunity to spend a year in Texas working under the mentorship of Dr. Tomberlin at Texas A&M University. She moved to Queen’s University to undertake a PhD with Drs. Bill Nelson & Steve Lougheed using cowpea weevils in the lab to address issues in evolutionary ecology related to competition & predation.
Michael Patrikeev (Ph.D. started 2012) Provisional thesis title: Diversification of anurans in the Atlantic Coastal Forests of Brazil.
BIO: Michael received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of St. Petersburg, Russia where he studied nesting biology of birds of prey. After graduation he did research on birds in Russia and Azerbaijan, and since 1992 has lived in Canada. He has worked for the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and is currently an ecosystem scientist with Parks Canada. His main interests are Neotropical birds and amphibians, but he is also interested in other vertebrates, both terrestrial and marine, and conservation biology in general.
Megan Snetsinger (M.Sc. started 2014) Provision thesis title: Landscape genetics of the Butler’s gartersnake.
BIO: Megan got her B.Sc. in Biology and Mathematics at Queen’s University, which culminated with an honours thesis on Daphnia predator response in Dr. Shelley Arnott’s lab. For her graduate work she changed directions, looking at spatial ecology through the lens of genetics. Since joining the Lougheed Lab, Megan has spent her time catching snakes in the field and processing thousands of tiny tubes in the lab. Outside of the academic scene, Megan’s personal pursuits include swing dancing, knitting, and geocaching.
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.
Zhengxin Sun (works with many other EEB faculty and students as well). He mans our EEB Core Lab.
Undergraduate Thesis Students
B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2016-17. Provisional thesis title: Biotic & abiotic predictors of frog breeding phenology and habitat occupancy.
B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2016-17. Provisional thesis title: Niche modelling & predictors of habitat occupancy for loggerhead shrikes.
B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2016-17. Provisional thesis title: Stock genomics of arctic char in the Lower Northwest Passage.
B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2016-17. Provisional thesis title: Phylogeography of the mink frog and its co-distributed congeners. Comparing genealogical patterns of primary vs. secondary post-glacial colonizers.
Frances Bonier (at Virginia Tech with Ignacio Moore. 2007-2009). Now an Assistant Professor in Biology, Queen’s University. | web site |
Leonardo Campagna (Senate Advisory Research Committee Postdoctoral Fellowship. Working on an array of topics related to genetic bases of speciation, particularly in Neotropical birds). Now a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Rute Clemente-Carvalho (Government of Canada Postodctoral Fellow. 2011-12) Research focus: landscape genetics of Storeria snakes. Diversification of Melanophryniscus toads of Northwestern Argentina. Now at the Universidade Vila Velha, Espírito Santo, Brazil.
Paul Martin (2006-07). Research focus: latitudinal diversity gradients in the Americas. Now an Associate Professor in Biology at Queen’s University. | web site |
Michael Colley (M.Sc. 2015) Provisional thesis title: The influence of mitigation structures on Sistrurus catenatus in Killbear Provincial Park. Co-supervised with Jackie Litzgis.
Hayley Roberts (M.Sc. 2015) Thesis title: Female breeding phenology of temperate frogs in Eastern Ontario.
Samantha Klaus (M.Sc. 2012). Thesis title: Correlates and temporal variation in call phenology of Eastern Ontario frogs. Now an analyst with Health Canada.
Kat Stewart (Ph.D. 2012) Thesis title: Contact zone dynamics and the evolution of reproductive isolation in a North American treefrog, the spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). Starting as an Assistant Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai.
Nicola Banger (M.Sc. 2012 – Co-supervised with Gabriel Blouin-Demers). Thesis Title: Consequences of multiple paternity for female fitness in an Ontario population of northern map turtles, Graptemys geographica.
Amanda Xuereb (M.Sc. 2012) Thesis title: Characterizing population genetic structure and inferring the influence of landscape features on gene flow in a temperate snake species. Now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto.
Jeff Row (Ph.D. 2011) Thesis title: Testing for the imprint of historical and contemporary processes on genetic and ecological diversity of eastern foxsnakes across multiple spatial scales. Now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo. | web site |
Gabriela Ibarguchi (Ph.D. 2011 – co-supervised with Vicki Friesen). Thesis title: Biogeography and diversification of Andean seedsnipes (Thinocoridae): An Antarctic avian lineage?
Markus Dyck (Ph.D. candidate – co-supervised with W. Nelson) Research focus: foraging ecology and bioenergetics in temporally and spatially heterogeneous landscapes. Withdrawn to serve as the primary polar bear biologist for Nunavut.
Amy Chabot (Ph.D. 2010) Thesis title: The Impact of Migration on the Evolution and Conservation of an Endemic North American Passerine: Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus).
Michelle DiLeo (M.Sc. 2010) Thesis title: The influence of landscape on genetic structure of a threatened reptile. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto. Mississauga. | web site |
Alex Little (M.Sc. 2009 – co-supervised with C. Moyes) Research focus: Evolution of oxidative metabolism in fishes.
Kathryn Elmer (Ph.D. 2006). Thesis Title: Genetic diversity across spatial and evolutionary scales in some neotropical amphibians. Now a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. | web site |
Briar Howes (Ph.D. 2006). Thesis Title: Genetic and ecological analysis of a species’ range. Now a Critical Habitat Biologist with Parks Canada (Gatineau, Quebec).
Laura Nagel (Ph.D. 2006) Thesis Title: Evolutionary divergence in a common ectoparasite of coral reef fishes. (Co-supervised with Bob Montgomerie). Now a adjunct professor and instructor at Queen’s University.
Daria Koscinski (M.Sc. 2003) Thesis Title: The relative importance of geographic isolation vs. ecological gradients in diversification of an Andean treefrog, Hyla andina. Now a conservation biologist with Carolinean Canada | web site |
Anne Dalziel (M.Sc. 2003). Thesis Title: Evolution of aerobic energy metabolism in high performance fish: origins of variation in mitochondrial content. (Co-supervised with C. Moyes). Now a postdoctoral fellow at Laval University.
James Austin (Ph.D. 2003). Thesis Title: Multi-scale perspectives on the genetic structure of a widespread amphibian, the North American Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana. (Co-supervised with P. Boag). Now an Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida (Gainseville). | web site |
Emily Croteau (M.Sc. 2002). Thesis Title: Conservation genetics of northern populations of a declining songbird, the Brewer’s Sparrow (Spizella breweri breweri) in a fragmented landscape. (Co-supervised with P. Boag). Now an Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University. | web site |
Mary Vallianatos (M.Sc. 1999). Thesis Title: Conservation genetics and population structure of the Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) in Central and Eastern North America. (Co-supervised with P. Boag). Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice-President of Health Affairs, University of Florida.
Undergraduate Thesis Students
Will Twardek (B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2016) Thesis title: Fishing for answers: Do protected areas prevent the selective removal of the “best” largemouth bass dads?
Ashley Bramwell (B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2014) Thesis title: The implications of introgression on the speciation of crowned-sparrows (Zonotrichia atricapilla and Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Carmen Gemmell (B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2014) Thesis title: Temporal and spatial habitat partitioning among anuran species of Eastern Ontario.
Henry Wang (B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2014) Thesis title: The Genetics of Postglacial Colonization and Peripherality in Northwestern Populations of the Spring Peeper, Pseudacris crucifer.
Matthew Kahansky (B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2014) Thesis title: The effect of habitat on transmission of Ontario anuran advertisement calls
Austeja Vaskeviciute (B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2015) Thesis title: Secondary contact and introgression between previously isolated populations of the spring peeper.
Amanda Cicchino (B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2015) Thesis title: Call evolution in the spring peeper.
Anastasia Savrova (B.Sc. Honours . 2014) Thesis title: Variation in development among wetland types of different temperate anurans.
Mark Szenteczki (B.Sc. Honours . 2014) Thesis title: Using Approximate Bayesian computation to understand the distribution of genetic diversity in massasauga rattlesnakes.
Melissa Lucas (B.Sc. Honours. 2014) Thesis title: Landscape genetics of spring peepers: The scale of evolutionary equilibrium in a heterogenous environment.
Erica Lovett (B.Sc. Honours. 2013) Thesis title: Seasonality of variation in the clock gene in a South American sparrow. Co-supervised with V. Friesen.
Janet Greenhorn (B.Sc. Honours. 2013) Thesis title: Testing the importance of freshwater islands in differentiation of temperate snakes.
Emma Bothwell (B.Sc. Honours 2012) Thesis title: Secondary contact and character displacement in body size in birds. Co-supervised with P. Martin.
Japteg Singh (B.Sc. Honours 2012) Thesis title: Impact of larval competition on life history attributes of the cowpea weevil. Co-supervised with W. Nelson.
Rachel Wang (B.Sc. Honours 2012) Thesis title: Impact of hybridization on sperm morphology in a contact zone. Co-supervised with R. Montgomerie.
Jordan Quan (B.Sc. Honours 2012) Thesis title: Gene flow, freshwater islands and genetic distinctiveness of the eastern gartersnake.
Fiona Munro (B.Sc. Honours ENSC 2011) Thesis Title: A geographical perspective and analysis of research on Queen’s University Biological Station Lands: Past trends and present significance.
Surbhi Jain (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis Title: A study of male agonistic interactions and competitor recognition between allopatric and secondary contact populations of a temperate frog species: The spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer).
Caroline Jamison (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: Population structure and connectivity in a small woodland snake.
Louise Lam (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: The effects of food abundance on dispersal of cowpea weevils Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Co-supervised with W. Nelson.
Jenna Sui (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: Evaluating the population structure and conservation in the northern range of the prairie skink, Plestidon septentrionalis. Co-supervised with P. Rutherford (Brandon University).
Aarani Sivasekarum (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: The use of new Bayesian methods in detecting sex-biased dispersal.
Cally Toong (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: Asymmetrical gene flow at a species range limit.
Dana Drumm (B.Sc. Honours – Co-supervised with Fran Bonier 2010). Research focus: Long-term population trends in tree swallows.
Mari Glynn-Morris (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: the relationship between parasitism, growth rates and habitat fragmentation in eastern foxsnake.
Jayda Guy (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: microhabitat selection in small temperate snakes of the genus Storeria.
Cameron Hudson (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: Male calling behaviour in spring peepers.
Georgia Lloyd-Smith (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: The relationship between parasitism, growth rates and habitat fragmentation in eastern foxsnakes.
Amanda Xuereb (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: The relationship between parasitism, growth rates and habitat fragmentation in eastern foxsnakes.
Lily Zeng (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: Landscape genetics of red-bellied snakes.
Roslyn Howell (B.Sc. Honours 2009) Thesis Title: Microclimatic predictors of frog chorusing in southeastern Ontario.
Stephanie Johnson (B.Sc. Honours 2009) Thesis Title: Partitioning of acoustic resource space in neotropical anuran communities.
Michelle DiLeo (B.Sc. Honours 2009) Thesis Title: Comparative landscape genetics of two sympatric snake species.
Krysta Andrews (B.Sc. Honours 2009. Co-supervised with Paul Martin) Thesis Title: Character displacement in the drumming of sympatric species of Campephilus woodpeckers.
Laura Lockhart (B.Sc. Honours 2009. Co-supervised with Fran Bonier) Thesis Title: Body condition matters: The effects of resource availability on resource allocation patterns in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).
Cam Robertson (B.Sc. Honours 2008) Thesis Title: Sex-biased dispersal patterns of Eastern Foxsnakes (Elaphe gloydi) in Ontario.
Roz Lougheed (B.Sc. Honours 2008) Thesis Title: The relation between variation in phenotypic fitness proxies and putatively neutral DNA microsatellites in eastern foxsnakes (Elaphe gloydi).
Laura King (B.Sc. Honours 2008) Thesis Title: Diversification and Phylogeography of a Northwestern Argentine toad, Melanophryniscus rubriventris (Anura: Bufonidae).
Katherine McKereghan-Dares (B.Sc. Honours 2008) Thesis Title: Diversification and speciation of crowned-sparrows, genus Zonotrichia, in the New World.
Chris Morrow (B.Sc. Honours 2008) with Dr. Heather Stuart (Community Health & Epidemiology) Thesis Title: Determinants of Underservicing in Southeastern Ontario’s Community Mental Health System.
Katie Geale (B.Sc. Honours 2007) Thesis Title: Molecular phylogeny of sierra-finches (Phrygilus): Diversification among plumage groups in the Andes Mountains.
Anita Melnyk (B.Sc. Honours 2007) Thesis Title: The effect of data partitioning on Bayesian phylogenetic inference of the Lithobates catesbeiana species group.
Juliana Agostino (B.Sc. Honours 2006) Thesis Title: Effective population size and temporal changes in genetic diversity in the American bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana.
Bethany Lindsay (B.Sc. Honours 2004) Thesis Title: Phylogeography of the five-lined skink, Eumeces fasciatus.
Ramsey Wright (B.Sc. Honours 2004) Thesis Title: Phylogeography, life history and the genetic structure of western Amazonian anurans: A preliminary study.
Julie Lee-Yaw (B.Sc. Honours 2003) Thesis Title: Habitat use and genetic population structure at fine geographic scales in a northern population of five-lined skink, Eumeces fasciatus.
Daniel Liadsky (B.Sc. Honours 2003) Thesis Title: Call variation in the Andean treefrog, Hyla andina.
Sarah Sharp (B.Sc. Honours 2003) Thesis Title: Phylogeographic perspectives and hybrid zone dynamics in two species of the Hyla pulchella Group.
Tanya Da Sylva (B.Sc. Honours 2002) Queen’s Thesis Title: High-resolution DNA markers for the study of microgeographic genetic variation in Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper).
Liem Vien (B.Sc. Honours 2002) Queen’s Thesis Title: Conservation genetics of the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike. A microsatellite study.
Rob Ness (B.Sc. Honours 2002) Queen’s Thesis Title: Evolution of apomictic asexual reproduction in Antennaria parlinii: a phylogenetic investigation. (Co-supervised with C. Eckert)
Jennifer Gibson (B.Sc. Honours 2001) Queen’s. Thesis Title: The patterns of genetic diversity in the hybridizing toad species Bombina bombina and B. variegata.
Charles Macmichael (B.Sc. Honours 2001) Queen’s. Thesis Title: Temporal changes in mitochondrial control region of Lanius ludovicianus migrans: conservation perspectives. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)
Daria Koscinski (B.Sc. Honours 2000) Queen’s. Thesis Title: Historical and ecological correlates of diversification in an Amazonian frog. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)
Anne Curtner (B.Sc. Honours 1998) Queen’s. Thesis Title: Sensitivity analysis for tests of rates of phenotypic change: selection and drift in model systems. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)
Lindsey Neidrauer (B.Sc. Honours 1998) Queen’s. Thesis Title: Phylogeography of a North American tree frog, Pseudacris crucifer. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)
Cathryn Abbott (B.Sc. Honours 1997) Queen’s. Thesis Title: Using microsatellites to determine the population structure of Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala). (Co-supervised with P. Boag)
Bev Bateman (B.Sc. Honours 1996) Queen’s. Thesis Title: Phylogeny of anemonefishes inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences: a perspective on the evolution of host specificity. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)
Kylie Tanner (B.Sc. Honours 1996) Queen’s. Thesis Title: An enigmatic neotropical frog: can 16S rRNA gene sequence data resolve evolutionary affinities? (Co-supervised with P. Boag)
Tanya Shaw (B.Sc. Honours 1995) Queen’s. Thesis Title: MtDNA control region sequence variation in two geographically restricted songbirds: a pilot study. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)
Michael Warbeck (B.Sc. Honours 1995) Queen’s. Thesis Title: Postglacial history of a South American songbird as inferred by mitochondrial cytochrome b sequence data. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)
Azilah Kazim (B.Sc. Honours 1992) Brock. Thesis Title: Strategies for conservation of biodiversity: large versus small reserves.
Ellen Olsen (B.Sc. Honours 1992) Brock. Thesis Title: Ecological correlates of plumage variation in northwestern Argentine populations of the Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis.
Stephen Yezerinac (B.Sc. Honours 1991) Western Ont. Thesis Title: Measurement error and morphometric studies: an assessment of statistical power and the effect of observer experience using avian skeletons. (Co-supervised with P. Handford)
Past Visiting Scientists
Isabel Bisson (then a Ph.D. student, York University. Supervisor: B. Stutchbury). Thesis Title: Genetic and evolutionary consequences of migration in the Cassin’s Kingbird.
Octavio Soto Rojas (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo).
Sesangari Galvan Quesada (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo).
Luciano Calderon (Ph.D. candidate. Principla Supervisor Pablo Tubaro. Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernadino Rivadavia”, Buenos Aires).