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Graduate Students

Michelle LorangerMichelle Loranger, MSc (2013-2015)

Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Queens University.  Her MSc research was on: The effect of male-male fight observation on female choice and offspring quality in Gryllus assimilis. Michelle is currently working at the Museum of Nature in the Education division and exploring options for a PhD.

karenKaren Pacheco, MSc (2011-2013)

Karen received her undergraduate degree from University of Toronto. Her MSc resarch was on: “Quantifying female mate attraction preferences for acoustic mate attraction signals”. Karen currently works as an Administrator and Research Coordinator in Infectious Diseases at the Ottawa Hospital.

Lauren FitzsimmonsLauren Fitzsimmons, PhD (2007-2012)

Lauren received her MSc degree from the University of Windsor. Central questions of her PhD research included: do males honestly signal their quality to females, do males experience trade-offs in components of sexual behaviour (e.g. aggression and signaling effort), and do individuals behave differently when being watched by others? Lauren is currently a postdoc at University of Windsor.

Ian ThomsonIan Thomson, MSc (2010-2012)

Ian received his undergraduate degree from Carleton University. His MSc research was on: “Variation in cricket acoustic signaling explained by body morphology, energy stores, and muscle enzymes”. Ian is currently in medical school at Queens University.

VanessaVanessa Rook, MSc (2008-2010)

Vanessa received her undergraduate degree from Carleton University. Her MSc research focusses on acoustic mate signalling, aggression, post conflict displays using Gryllus veletis as a model organism. Vanessa is exploring whether inter-sexual and intra-sexual behaviours are correlated. Vanessa is a high school science teacher.

LilyVLaksanavadee (Lily) Visanuvimol, MSc (2007-2009)

Lily received her undergraduate degree from Carleton University. Her MSc research was on: “How differences in dietary phosphorus content influence insect fitness”. Lily is the coordinator of the Science Student Success Centre at Carleton.

Crystal VincentCrystal Vincent, MSc (2007-2009)

Crystal received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. Her MSc research was on: “The avoidance of parasitism by the parasitoid flyOrmia ochracea (Diptera: Tachinidae) in the Texas field cricket, Gryllus texensis (Orthoptera: Gryllidae). Crystal obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto and is currently a postdoc in England.

EmilyEmily M. Whattam, MSc (2007-2009)

Emily received her undergraduate degree from Carleton University. Her MSc research was on: “A test of multiple male sexual signals as multiple messages and their role in female preference in two species of field crickets”. Emily is currently conducting her PhD at Simon Fraser University.

Undergraduate Students

Honours Thesis Students

2014/15

Miriam Tepper (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
How mating preference influences offspring fitness
Savanna Boutin (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Same sex sexual behaviour in crickets
Dana Kolenich (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Effects of diet on resource defense on field cricket mating behavior

2013/14

Deb Corlett (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Mating preferences in Gryllus assimilis
Mykell Reifer (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Do constrained individuals lay more eggs?
Kaitlyn Montroy (ENVS 4908 Honours Student)
How female audience influences fights and victory displays
Krista McConnell (INSC 4908 Honours Student)
Do lab-reared sons behave and look like field-captured fathers?
Emily Burd (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
How does dietary phosphorus, carbohydrates and protein influence aggression?

2012/13

Eric Chin (Cal Poly Research Student)
Giardinus metallicus mating behavior. Co-Supervised with Professor Gita Kolluru
Catalina Dunmeyer (Cal Poly Research Student)
Giardinus metallicus mating behavior. Co-Supervised with Professor Gita Kolluru

2011/12

Chris Séguin (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Relationship between ploidy and signaling
Sami Majdalany (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Relationship between metabolic rate and signaling
Josh Profitt (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Relationship between energy stores and residual mass

2010/11

Louis Gagnon (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
The effects of high effort mating behaviours on male Bufo americanusmating success
Robert Watkins (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
The mechanics of the split-pulse in Gryllus veletis
Hailey Masiero (INSC 4908 Honours Student)
Factors influencing science student success in mathematics
Susan Boratynska (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Variation in sperm traits and potential trade-off between pre- and post-copulatory mechanisms of sexual selection in the spring field cricket, Gryllus veletis
Paul Khazzaka (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Victory displays and audience effects in the spring field cricket, Gryllus veletis

2009/10

Valerie Nichols (INSC 4908 Honours Student)
Influence of fertilizers on crop and insect pest growth and development)
Samantha Klaus (BIOL 4908 Honours Student)
Relationship between pre- and post-copulatory sexual selection in Gryllusspecies
Katrina Williams (INSC 4908 Honours Student)
Factors predicting success in first year mathematics courses

2008/09

Ian Thomson (NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Assistant: Cricket calling physiology; and BIOL 4908 Honours Student: Cricket and fly host parasitoid interactions)
Moyosore (Moyo) Abimboye (BIOL 4908 Honours Student: influence of dietary phosphorus on insect fecundity)
Kenneth Belanger (BIOL 4908 Honours Student: behavioural syndromes and fitness)
Valerie Nichols (BIOL 4908 Honours Student: Function of multiple sexual signals in Gryllus texensis)

2007/08

Tsone Boyo (BIOC 4908 Honous Student: Acoustic mate attraction signalling and anatomy in crickets)
Amanda Smith (BIOL 4908 Honous Student: Influence of dietary phosphorus on cricket acoustic mate attraction signalling and survival)
Laura Haley (BIOL 4908 Honours Student: Do crickets give victory displays following agressive interactions between conspecific males?)

2006/07

Ryan O’Meara (BIOL 4908 Honours Student: How neighbours’ influence male cricket sexually selected traits)
Amber Zabarauskas (BIOL 4908 Honours Student: Influence of diet on cricket mate preferences).
Rachel Bennett (NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Assistant: Behavioural Syndromes and Phosphorus Signalling; and BIOL 4908 Honours Student:Dietary influences on female cricket lifetime reproduction).
Laksanavadee (Lily) Visanuvimol (Summer Research Assitant: Behavioural Syndromes and Phosphorus Signalling; and BIOL 4908 Honours Student: Influence of diet on cricket body lipid stores)
Emily M. Whattam (NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Assistant: Behavioural Syndromes and Phosphorus Signalling; and BIOL 4908 Honours Student: Influence of dietary phosphorus on cricket calling behaviour).

Research Assistants

2015/16

Synclair Calder (Work-Study)
Alicia Cable (Work-Study)
Karla Martinez-Silva (Work-Study)
Natasha Osborne (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Maryann Wu (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Alexa Derksen (NSERC USRA)
Deepro Chowdhury (NSERC USRA)

2014/15

Synclair Calder (Work-Study)
Alicia Cable (Work-Study)
Rebekah Vice (Work-Study)
Zachary Cronk (Work Study)
Katie Petrie (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Sarah Endenburg (NSERC USRA)
Michelle Vala (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Savanna Boutin (NSERC USRA)

2013/14

Savanna Boutin (BIOL 4901 Independent Researcher)
Francis Wong (iCUREUS Researcher and Work Study Student)
Dana Kolenich (Work-Study Student)
Zachary Cronk (Work-Study Student)
Mykel Reifer (Research Credit)
Deb Corlett (Research Credit)
Krista McConnell (Research Credits)
Kathryn Dufour (NSERC USRA)

2012/13

Ashley Millar (Work-Study)
Nathan Robertson (Work-Study)
Kathryn Dufour (NSERC USRA Fellow)

2011/12

Susan Boratynska (I-CUREUS Student)
Kathryn Dufour (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Louis Gagnon (Work-Study)
Ashley Millar (Work-Study)

2010/11

Robert Watkins (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Christopher Gillen (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Andrew Mikhail (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Jaijia Liu (Volunteer)
Owen Hovey (Volunteer)
Haroun Zayed (Volunteer)
Maru Karuneswaran (Work-Study)
Oghenetega Enauhwo (Work-Study)

2009/10

Andrew Mikhail (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Sarah Harrison (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Samantha Klaus (CFI/ORF Fellow)
Gary Bourque (Volunteer)
Ian Thomson (Volunteer)
Michael Francisco (Volunteer)

2008/09

Ian Thomson (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Bourne August (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Christopher Gillen (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Amisha Agarwal (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Heather Bocz (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Andrew (Drew) Rouble (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Kanchan Gautam (Volunteer)
Samantha Klaus (Volunteer)
Louis Gagnon (Volunteer)
Brent Thompson (Work-Study)
Nop (Moo) Ariyaphanneekun (Work-Study / Grant Funded)
Xuejing Xing (Work-Study)

2007/08

Ian Thomson (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Bourne August (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Christopher Gillen (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Christopher Séquin (Dean’s Summer Research Intern)
Ioana Nicolau (Volunteer)
Nop (Moo) Ariyaphanneekun (Work Study / Grant Funded)
Amanda Goth (Grant Funded)

2006/07

Emily Whattam (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Rachel Bennett (NSERC USRA Fellow)
Nop (Moo) Ariyaphanneekun (Work-Study / Grant Funded)
Christopher Lauzon (Work-Study / Grant Funded)
Laksanavadee (Lily) Visanuvimol (Grant Funded)
Amanda Goth (Grant Funded)