Lab Alumni

Julia Charlebois

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.

Marina Torreblanca

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.

Gabrielle Forget

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!

Dr. Michael Stastny

PDF (2012-16) Michael is interested in plant-animal interactions, especially herbivory. He is now a research scientist at NRCAN's Canadian Forestry Research Centre in Fredericton, NB, working on plant antagonists such as spruce budworm.

Christina Thomsen

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.

Excedera St. Louis

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.

Jake Russell-Mercier

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.

Lisa O’Donnell (formerly Hensel)

MSc (2011) Lisa studied the role of local diversity on pollen limitation in Trillium grandiflorum communities. She won a poster prize for her thesis work at the Banff CSEE meetings, and is currently working on her doctorate at the University of Calgary.

Vashti King

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.

Elizabeth da Silva

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.

Cory Barker

MSc (2018). Cory studied the impacts of urbanization on pollination services. Cory discovered that urbanization may actually lead to lower levels of pollen limitation in Jewelweed. Cory is currently working as a biologist for the Nunavut Wildlife Board.