PRESENT STUDENTS

 
 

Graduate Students

 
 

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Michelle Loranger (MSc student - Fall 2013/Present)
Michelle just joined the lab and is currently running a study on the quantitative genetics of acoustic signalling. She plans to also explore neighbour influences on aggression or mating preferences.



 
 

Sarah Harrison (PhD student - Fall 2010/Present) 
Many studies in behavioural ecology have identified diet as an important determinant of organism phenotype, where for instance, levels of certain nutrients or diet quantity have been found to explain some of the variation in behaviours within a species. However, very few studies have comprehensively examined how the balance of multiple nutrients in the diet affects organism phenotype. Sarah's research explores how the ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and phosphorus in the diet affects reproductive behaviors and fitness related life history traits in field crickets. Questions she is asking include: Which nutrient ratios result in attractive mating calls in males, highest egg output in females, greatest body condition, and longest survival? Do males and females differ in their nutritional requirements for optimal fitness? If, given a choice between multiple diets, do field crickets select a diet that optimizes their fitness? Do females sexually cannibalize potential mates when their diets are lacking in certain nutrients?

 
 

Genevieve Ferguson (PhD student - Fall 2011/Present) 
As humans further encroach on wild habitats we become responsible for understanding how our footprint affects the animals inhabiting these areas. Current research documents many instances of adaptive responses by animals to human occupancy.  Genevieve’s current research interests focus on the interactions and consequences of human habitation to animal behaviour, especially acoustic communication and adult mating behaviour and how this relates to sexual selection pressures. Additionally, as much of adult behaviour is dependent on developmental environment, she is also interested in changes that occur within the acoustic rearing environment, and how these changes alter adult mating behaviour. Genevieve’s Ph.D. project will examine (1) differences between lab reared and wild caught Gryllus pennsylvanicus populations and the necessity of breaking diapause in lab-reared colonies; (2) how acoustic rearing environment affects later adult mating behaviour (in both males and females) in two local field cricket species, Gryllus pennsylvanicus and Gryllus veletis; and (3) if and how these species are affected by anthropogenic noise throughout different life periods.  

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

 
 

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?
 
    Savanna Boutin (BIOL 4901 Independent Researcher)
How does dietary phosphorus, carbohydrates and protein influence same-sex courtship behaviour?
 
    Francis Wong (iCUREUS Researcher and Work Study Student)
How does dietary phosphorus, carbohydrates and protein influence dominance behaviour?
 
    Dana Kolenich (Work Study Student)
Cricket husbandry, constraints project, general researcher
 
    Zachary Cronk (Work Study Student)
Cricket husbandry, constraints project, general researcher
 
 

PAST LAB MEMBERS

 
 


Graduate Students

 
 

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Karen 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".

 
  lpf Lauren 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? 
 
 

Ian 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".

 
  Vanessa 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.
 
  l Laksanavadee (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"
 
  Crystal 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).
 
  Emily 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".
 
 


Undergraduate Students

 
 


Honours Thesis Students

 
 

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

 
 

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)