Faculty

Faculty appointed to the Graduate Program in Biology

Molecular and Cell Biology

Professor Gerald Audette headshotGerald Audette (Chemistry)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas:  Protein Crystallography, Bionanotechnology, Nanomedicine, Structural Biochemistry

Description: Understanding the structural and functional basis of lateral gene transfer, bacterial pathogenesis and the development and characterization of protein-based nanosystems.


photo of Professor Peter BackxPeter Backx

Professor
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Research Areas: physiology, cardiac electrophysiology, arrhythmias, ion channel biophysics, gene regulation, stem cell physiology, cardiac development

Description: Examining the role of ion transport, ion channels and myocardial signaling in the initiation and progression of heart disease with a particular interest in atrial fibrillation. Our research also involves the use of stem cell technologies to model human disease.


Mark Bayfield

Associate  Professor
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Research Areas: Microbiology, RNA Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Description: Research focuses on how conserved mechanisms in RNA metabolism function in both general cellular processes and adaptations to stress.


Sam Benchimol

Professor
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Research Areas:   p53 Tumour Suppressor Gene, Apoptosis, Senescence, Cancer and Progeria

Description: Research is directed at understanding how the p53 tumour suppressor protein regulates cell cycle progression and apoptosis in mammalian cells; and understanding the signalling pathways that lead to cell survival.


Peter Cheung

Associate  Professor
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Research Areas: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Chromatin and Epigenetics

Description: Our research focuses on histone phophorylation, methylation and ubiquitylation, processes that act as molecular switches to both regulate and fine-tune gene transcription.


Dorota Crawford headshotDorota A. Crawford (Kinesiology)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Genetics, Molecular Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment

Description: Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying brain function in neurodevelopmental disorders


Logan W.F. Donaldson

Professor
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Research Areas: Cell Biology, Protein Biochemistry, Structural Biology

Description:  Molecular and structural basis of virus-host relationships and brain cell signaling.

 


photo of Arthur Forer and his granddaughterArthur Forer

Professor Emeritus
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Research Areas: Cell Biology

Description: T.B.A.

 


Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh

Assistant Professor
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Research areas: Integrated Biosensors, Microfluidics for cellular and molecular biology, Automated Biological Laboratory


Professor Dasantila Golemi-Kotra headshotDasantila Golemi-Kotra (Chemistry)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Molecular, Cellular and Chemical Biology of microbial infections

Description: Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria and viral fusion to host cells.


j-grigullJoerg Grigull (Mathematics)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Bioinformatics, computational biology, gene regulation, biostatistics & epidemiology

Description: Post-transcriptional gene regulation and mRNA transcript stability in eukaryotes, microarrays, computational techniques for inferring and predicting factors in gene expression.


Arthur J. Hilliker

Professor
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Research Areas:  Cytogenetics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Description: Studies on relationships between chromosome structure and genetic organization in higher eukaryotes; gene expression and its regulation; meiotic recombination; developmental genetics and the organization of the functional interphase nucleus.


Professor Katalin Hudak headshotKatalin A. Hudak

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Biotechnology

Description:  The mechanisms by which plants defend against viral pathogens and the transcriptome-wide study of plant response to environmental stress.

 


Professor Philip Johnson headshotPhilip Johnson (Chemistry)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Structural Biology

Description: Understanding the structural basis of protein-RNA interactions.

 


Professor Sergey Krylov headshotSergey Krylov (Chemistry)

Canada Research Chair and Professor
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Research Areas:  Biomolecular interactions, Personalized cancer medicine, High-throughput drug screening, Continuous-flow chemistry, Ultra-sensitive chemical analysis.

Description:   Development of rugged technologies for: cancer sub-typing, screening of drug candidates, and continuous-flow production of drug leads. Study of mechanisms of multi-drug resistance of cancers.



t-kubiseskiTerrance Kubiseski

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and biochemistry, signaling pathways, oxidative damage.

Description: Signaling pathways from guidance receptors to the cytoskeleton during development.


photo of Raymond KwongRaymond W.M. Kwong

Assistant Professor
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Research Areas: Environmental toxicology; Molecular Physiology; Neuroendocrinology; Functional genetics

Description: The molecular and physiological effects of environmental stressors (i.e., natural and anthropogenic stressors), and the fundamental mechanisms that regulate the homeostatic functions in aquatic animals.


photo of Dr. Patricia Lakin-ThomasPatricia Lakin-Thomas

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chronobiology

Description: Molecular mechanisms of circadian rhythmicity in the fungus Neurospora crassa.


John C. McDermott headshotJohn C. McDermott

Professor and McLaughlin Research Chair
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Research Areas:  Animal Biology/Physiology, Cell-Signaling, Molecular Biology

Description: Molecular regulation of muscle specific gene regulation; development and regeneration.


c-pengChun Peng

Professor
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Research Areas:   Molecular and Cellular Biology,  Physiology, Reproduction.

Description: Transforming growth factor-beta signalling in ovarian cancer, pregnancy and oocyte maturation.


Professor Emanuel Rosonina headshortEmanuel Rosonina

Assistant Professor
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Research Areas:   Microbiology, RNA Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Description: Regulation of gene expression in eukaryotic cells. RNA Polymerase II transcription and control of gene expression through SUMO post-translational modifications are studied.


Professor Vivian Saridakis headshotVivian Saridakis

Associate Professor
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Research Areas:  Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Cellular Biology

Description: T.B.A.

 


Michael Scheid headshotMichael Scheid

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Cancer biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology

Description: Signal transduction pathways regulating growth, survival and metabolism of mammalian cells.


Yi Sheng headshotYi Sheng

Assistant Professor
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Research Areas: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Structural Biology

Description: Biochemical and structural characterization of proteins involved in ubiquitylation pathway.


K.W. Michael Siu headshotK.W. Michael Siu (Chemistry)

Professor and NSERC/MDS SCIEX Chair
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Research Areas: Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry

Description: Identifying proteins and their functions using proteomics tools; developing novel proteomics techniques and methodologies.

 


Professor Andrew White headshotK. Andrew White

Professor
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Research Areas:   Virology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Transcription, Translation, and RNA structure/function

Description: Molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription and translation of a plus-sense RNA plant virus.


Professor Derek Wilson headshotDerek Wilson (Chemistry)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Protein dynamics, function, aggregation (amyloidosis); Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry, NMR

Description: We study biological macromolecules at the molecular and atomic levels, linking structural and dynamic features to misfunction and diseases such as Alzheimer's and Senile Systemic Amyloidosis. We also develop Mass Spectrometry and NMR-based analytical tools to study protein folding and dynamics on a rapid timescale.


Muhammad N. Yousaf headshotMuhammad N. Yousaf (Chemistry)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Surface Chemistry, Biomaterials Nanoscience, Biological Chemistry, Organic Synthesis

Description: Research program is Interdisciplinary in nature and currently focuses on 4 separate research programs based in chemistry that interface organic, bioanalytical, chemical biology and biomaterials research.


Adjunct Faculty in Molecular and Cell Biology

Imogen Coe (Ryerson)

Adjunct Professor
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Research Areas: Molecular biology and biochemistry, cell biology

Description: Membrane transport of nucleosides and anti-cancer drugs: hormonal regulation of transport mechanisms.


Marie Killeen headshotMarie Killeen (Ryerson)

Adjunct Professor
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Research Areas: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Developmental Biology

Description: My research interest is the elucidation of the molecules and mechanisms involved in the establishment of a functional nervous system during development. My group is using the microscopic nematode C. elegans as an animal model to find new axon outgrowth and guidance molecules and to understand their functions in both worms and higher organisms using tools that include genetics, molecular biology, microscopy and biochemistry.


Physiology and Neuroscience

photo of Professor Peter BackxPeter Backx

Professor
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Research Areas: physiology, cardiac electrophysiology, arrhythmias, ion channel biophysics, gene regulation, stem cell physiology, cardiac development

Description: Examining the role of ion transport, ion channels and myocardial signaling in the initiation and progression of heart disease with a particular interest in atrial fibrillation. Our research also involves the use of stem cell technologies to model human disease.


photo of professor Christopher BergevinChristopher Bergevin

Assistant Professor
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Research Areas: auditory biomechanics, sensory neuroscience, multi-sensory integration, speech and hearing, acoustics

Description: My primary research interests deals with the auditory system, chiefly in the context of how sound is transduced by the ear into neural impulses going to the brain. Remarkably, somehow in the process of being a very sensitive detector, the (healthy) ear generates and subsequently emits sounds that can be detected non-invasively using a sensitive microphone. These sounds, known as otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), reveal many aspects of the inner workings of the ear and also have many translational applications (e.g., clinical audiology). Our lab combines both experimental (acoustic and neurophysiological) and theoretical/modeling approaches across a broad comparative framework (humans, birds, lizards) so to help us better understand OAEs and thereby the key biophysical processes at work that allow us to hear the world around us.


Carol Bucking

Assistant Professor
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Research Areas: Animal Physiology, environmental adaptation, integrative physiology, molecular biology

Description: Integrative and comparative physiology exploring the environmental effects on the gastrointestinal tract and digestion in fish species.


J. Douglas Crawford (Psychology)

Distinguished Research Professor and Canada Research Chair
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Research Areas: Neurophysiology, animal biology and physiology

Description: Motor control, computational neuroscience. Neural mechanisms and computational principles used by the brain to generate accurate movements in 3-dimensional space.


Joseph Francis Desouza (Psychology)

Assistant Professor
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Research Areas: Neurophysiology, Animal Biology and Physiology

Description: A system neuroscience approach to examine eye movement, motion processing and attentional networks using electrophysiology and functional MRI.


Andrew Donini

Associate  Professor
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Research Areas: Ion-regulatory Physiology of Aquatic Dipteran Larvae

Description: Mosquito and midge larvae adapt well to changes in habitat salinity. Our research studies the ion transport mechanisms, and their regulation, in organs of these insects.


Mazyar Fallah (Kinesiology)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Neurophysiology of attention and perception

Description: Single unit and local field potential electrophysiology, microstimulation, and behavioral studies in animals and humans investigating the neural mechanisms of visual attention and perception.


tara haas headshotTara L. Haas (Kinesiology)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Animal Biology/Physiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Description: Animal Physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry. Regulation of the growth of new blood vessels, angiogenesis, in skeletal muscle.


Professor Laurence Harris headshotLaurence R. Harris (Psychology)

Professor
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Research Areas:  multisensory perception, orientation, vestibular contributions to perception and the representation of the body.

Description: Neuroscience, oculomotor, vestibular and sensory physiology and psychophysics. "How can we see and move at the same time?"


Professor Kari Hoffman headshotKari L. Hoffman (Psychology)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Neurophysiology, Animal behavior

Description: Systems and Behavioural Neuroscience, including: Perception of faces and social signals, memory formation and consolidation, plasticity in cortical circuits, sleep rhythms, computational neuroscience.


David Hood headshotDavid A. Hood (Kinesiology)

Canada Research Chair and Professor
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Research Areas: Animal biology and physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry

Description: Molecular aspects of mitochondrial biogenesis in mammalian skeletal and cardiac muscles.


Scott P. Kelly

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Animal Physiology, Endocrinology, Environmental Biology

Description: Comparative and integrative physiology with a focus on the endocrine control of hydromineral balance and the endocrine control of energy balance/appetite in teleost fish.


Jean-Paul Paluzzi headshotJean-Paul Paluzzi

Assistant Professor
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Research Areas: Neuroendocrinology, Animal physiology, G protein-couple receptors, Hormones, Neuropeptides, Ion and water balance

Description: Ticks and mosquitoes are chief vectors of various human and animal diseases. Our research elucidates and characterizes the role of endocrine signalling systems which control physiological processes related to blood-feeding in these animals.


Shayna Rosenbaum headshotShayna Rosenbaum (Psychology)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas:  Brain, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Processes, Dementia, Elderly, Memory, Behavioural Sciences, Assessment, Neuroscience

Description: Dr. Rosenbaum combines patient and fMRI studies to investigate the organization of spatial, episodic, and semantic memory, and the relationship between remote memory and non-mnemonic abilities. Her work is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. She is a recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award.


Anthony Scimè

Assistant Professor
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Research Areas: Stem cells, Muscle and Adipose Biology, Obesity, Cell and Molecular Biology, Diabetes, Metabolism

Description: Understanding muscle and adipose stem cell differentiation.


Colin G.H. Steel

Professor Emeritus
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Research Areas: Animal biology and physiology

Description: Endocrinology of growth and development using insects and crustaceans as model systems; physiology of circadian rhythms.


Jennifer Steeves (Psychology)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Physiology and Cognitive Neuroscience

Description: Motion perception and oculomotor control in patients with a turned-eye (strabismus). Face and scene processing in neurologically-compromised and one-eyed individuals. Techniques include psychophysics, eye movement measurements and fMRI.


Martin J. Steinbach (Psychology)

Distinguished Research Professor
Not accepting graduate students.

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Research Areas: Animal biology and physiology

Description: Visual processing and oculomotor control in visually-disabled humans.


Gary Sweeney

Professor
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Research Areas: Medical Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Biotechnology

Description:   Our research focus is on the molecular mechanisms underlying the association of obesity with diabetes and heart failure. We are currently studying the role played by adiponectin and lipocalin-2 in skeletal muscle metabolism and remodeling of the heart. Our work may aid the development of therapeutic strategies for the treatment of diabetes and heart failure in obesity.



Robert Tsushima

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Animal Physiology, Cell Biology, Ion Channels, Heart Disease, Diabetes

Description: Examine the basis of heart disease and diabetes.


Laurie Wilcox (Psychology)

Professor
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Research Areas:  Vision science, systems neuroscience, binocular vision, animal physiology, psychophysics

Description: Cortical mechanisms of stereoscopic vision in humans.


Hugh R. Wilson

Professor  Emeritus

Research Development Challenge Fund Professor of Biological and Computational Vision
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Research Areas: Visual psychophysics of form and motion perception, neural theory and modeling of visual system function

Description: Our current work is focused on understanding the neural basis of higher level cortical form vision.


Thilo Womelsdorf

Associate  Professor
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Research Areas: Cognitive Neuroscience, Attention, Decision Making, Learning, Animal Physiology

Description: Neuronal mechanisms of attentional control, Neuronal communication between brain cells and brain areas, Computational Neuroscience of higher cognitive functions and decision making, Reinforcement learning.


Georg R. Zoidl headshotGeorg Zoidl

Professor and Canada Research Chair for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
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Research Areas:  Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Visual System, Synaptic Plasticity, Learning and Memory, Imaging, Transgenic Animals, Electrophysiology, Functional Genomics, Neurological Disorders

Description: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Visual System, Synaptic Plasticity, Learning and Memory, Imaging, Transgenic Animals, Electrophysiology, Functional Genomics, Neurological Disorders, Function(s) of electrical synapses in health and disease.


Ecology and Evolution

Dawn R. Bazely

Professor
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Research Areas: Ecology, Herbivory, Plant-Animal Interactions, Restoration Ecology, Forest Management, Invasive Species, Non-indigenous Plants, Prescribed Burning, Fungal Endophytes, Plant Defences, Science Policy, Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystems, Sustainability, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Urban Ecology Plant Population Biology, Restoration Ecology

Description: Please see the Bazely Lab website for a full description of our Research Activities.


photo of Shiela CollaShiela Colla

Assistant Professor (Environmental Studies)
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Research Areas: Ecology, conservation biology, environmental policy, sustainable agriculture.

 

 

 


Gail S. Fraser (Faculty of Environmental Studies)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Avian Ecology, Wildlife Management, Behavioral Ecology

Description: Population ecology of colonial waterbirds and the application of behavioral ecology to conservation.


lortieChristopher Lortie

Professor
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Research Areas: Community ecology, seedbanks, invasive species, meta-analysis, social ecology,  theory development.

Description: Understanding system theory, structure, and dynamics of communities
including plants, animals, and people.


Suzanne E. MacDonald (Psychology)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Ecology and population biology, animal behaviour, comparative
cognition.

Description: Cognitive mechanisms involved in foraging behaviour;  spatial memory;
primates and pigeons.


Jocelyn Martel (Glendon)

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Ecology and evolution

Description: Ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions. Effects of environmental stress on plant-insect interactions.


photo of Laura McKinnonLaura McKinnon

Assistant Professor
Bilingual Biology Program
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Research Areas: Animal behavior, community ecology, climate change.

 

 

 

 


Lewis A. Molot (Faculty of Environmental Studies)

Professor
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Research Areas:   Eutrophication and cyanobacteria bloom formation

Description: Fate of dissolved organic carbon as it moves from forested catchments through streams and lakes.


Laurence D. Packer

Professor
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Research Areas:  Behaviour, ecology, evolutionary biology and systematics of bees with special emphasis on the evolution of social behaviour, bee biogeogaphy and biodiversity; biodiversity of oak savannah habitats; insect systematics.

Description: Evolution of social behaviour in bees, phylogenetic systematics of bees and wasps, speciation and population structure, biodiversity.


Professor Roberto QuinlanRoberto Quinlan

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Aquatic Ecology, Limnology and Paleoecology

Description: Limnology and paleolimnology, aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, stressors on lake and pond systems including human activities and recent climate change.

 


Jan Sapp

Professor
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Research Areas:   Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbial Evolution, Symbiosis, and Ecology – from an Historical Perspective

Description: History of: genetics, molecular and cell biology, developmental and evolutionary biology, microbial phylogeny and molecular evolution, symbiosis, and ecology.


small photo of professor Valerie SchoofValérie A.M. Schoof

Assistant Professor in the Bilingual Biology Program, Glendon College
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Research Areas: Primate behavioural ecology, socioendocinology, competition and cooperation, reproductive success, life-history trade-offs

Description: My research program is aimed at testing the hypothesized trade-offs between growth/health and reproductive effort in an effort to answer how and why some males obtain and maintain high dominance status despite the potential costs.


Sapna Sharma

Associate  Professor
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Research Areas: Aquatic Ecology, Limnology, Community Ecology, Qantitative Ecology, Multivariate Statistics, Climate Change

Description: Predicting the effects of environmental stressors, such as climate change, invasive species and habitat alteration on ecosystems and improving the use of quatitative approaches used to generate these predictions.


Joel S. Shore

Professor
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Research Areas:  Evolutionary Biology,  Population Biology,  Genetics,  Plant Biology

Description: Genetics and evolution of plant breeding systems.


Graduate Program Director Bridget Stutchbury headshotBridget J. Stutchbury

Distinguished  Research  Professor and Graduate Program Director
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Research Areas:   Ecology, population biology, conservation biology

Description: Behaviour ecology, and conservation biology. Evolution of behaviour in birds.


Gregory W. Thiemann (Faculty of Environmental Studies)

Assistant Professor
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Research Areas: Foraging Ecology, behavioural ecology, wildlife conservation

Description: Ecology of polar bears and other Arctic carnivores. Effects of climate change on food web dynamics.


Amro Zayed headshotAmro Zayed

Associate Professor
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Research Areas: Population genetics, Genomics, Behavioural Genetics

Description: Our work examines how genetic variation affects complex phenotypes such as behaviour, and how phenotypes evolve.


Adjunct Faculty in Ecology and Evolution

head shot of Professor Michael ArtsMichael T. Arts (Ryerson)

Adjunct Professor
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Research Areas: Ecology, Limnology, Physiology, Photobiology

Description: T.B.A.

 


Keith M. Somers (Ontario Ministry of Environment)

Adjunct Professor
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Research Areas: Aquatic Ecology, Limnology, Community and Population Ecology, Multivariate Biometry, Bioassessment, Crayfish, Benthos, Fish

Description: Aquatic community ecology, specifically understanding, modelling, and predicting the response of aquatic communities to natural and anthropogenic environmental gradients.