MSc (2017) Julia discovered that the impact of invasives on pollinator-mediated interactions with natives was not as clear as had been previously described. Her work on this topic was recently published in Ecology Letters. Julia is now a PhD student with James Thomson and Spencer Barrett at the University of Toronto.
MSc (2017) Marina studied the impacts of two biocontrol agents, a leaf feeding herbivore and a flower feeding weevil, on reproductive and vegetative fitness of the invasive species, purple loosestrife. Marina has taken a position as the project co-ordinator for the environment for the City of Gatineau.
MSc (2016) Gabby studied how the impacts of invasive species are related to phylogenetic relationships among community members. Gabby will be using her MSc aquired R skills to examine economic models for the Bank of Canada - winning her the award for the most creative use of her MSc!
MSc (2014) Christina quantified pollinator-mediated selection of herbivore tolerance traits in the invasive wetland plant, purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). She is now working at AgriFood and Agriculture Canada.
MSc (2014) Excedera studied how the release of Neogalerucella for biocontrol has impacted purple loosestrife population demography, fitness and aspects of the surrounding plant community. Excedera is now working as a Species at Risk biologist for the government of British Columbia in Victoria.
MSc (2013) Jake's thesis work explored how how a beetle released to control Loosestrife impacts pollinator-mediated interactions in this system. Jake is now working at Environment and Climate Change Canada.
BSc (Hon) 2011 Vashti's Honours project examined how plant invasions influence pollinator foraging patterns and impact the fitness of native species. Vashti started medical school in September 2011 and is now a practicing doctor.
MSc (2010) Elizabeth found evidence for facilitation in pollinator-mediated interactions between the invasive species purple loosestrife and the native plant Decodon verticillatus. After her MSc, Elizabeth pursued a post-degree teaching program and is now a teacher in Ottawa.