Welcome to the Sherratt Lab

The different members of the Sherratt lab have a range of interests spanning evolutionary biology and ecology, mainly using insects as model organisms.  If you would like to find out more about what we do, please click the links above and to the left.

from l-r: David, Tammy, Casey, Tom, Sophie & Richard

Lab news

10/09/2014 Times they are a’ changing.  Casey Peet-Pare and Tammy Duong join the lab as MSc students, while Sophie Potter joins as a PhD student (co-supervised with Jean-Guy Godin). 
02/06/2014 Justin Carroll and Tom Sherratt win the Inaugural “Paper of the Year” award from the Journal of Zoology.  . Well done!

24/04/2014 - Tom H. successfully defended his Ph.D. Congratulations to Tom for successfully completing his Ph.D. exam on caterpillar eyespots! External examiner Martin Stevens from Exeter, UK. Well done Tom, and well done for scooping an OCIB prize for best talk a few days later!  

01/01/2014 - David Kikuchi joins the lab. David Kikuchi (PhD UNC)  joined the lab on a two year NSF Fellowship where he will be developing models and testing them in collaboration with Johanna Mappes' group in Finland.  
from l-r: Tom Hossie, Justin Carroll, Chris Hassall, Elena, Rich Webster, Jennette Fox, Ian McLean, Tom Sherratt, Brent, Heather Penney, Jen, Kevin Abbott, Francina.
16/10/2013 - Richard successfully defended his Ph.D.  Congrats to Richard who  completed his doctorate the same week that his eye tracking paper on disruptive coloration was published in Biology Letters. See Richard's Three Minute Thesis video of as an overview of this work.

10/09/2013 - Jennette successfully defended her M.Sc. !  Well done to Jennette and good luck teaching in Sweden.

01/08/2013 - Justin successfully defended his Ph.D. !  Well done to Justin and good luck in your new job with the Ontario government doing data analysis and policy.

15/06/2012 - Tom's work appears on the BBC Nature website!  
Tom was approached by a member of the BBC Natural History team who published a series of photos illustrating his caterpillar eyespot experiments on the BBC website.

14/05/2012 - Isabelle is awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for her MSc project!  Congratulations, Isabelle!

09/05/2012 - Jennette is awarded a Certificate of Merit from Let's Talk Science!  Jennette was given the award for her work promoting science education in Ottawa and the North West Territories.

16/04/2012 - Tom H has his first PhD thesis chapter accepted for publication at Animal Behaviour!
 Congratulations, Tom, that's one down!

30/03/2012 - The lab's Nature paper is recommended by the Faculty of 1000.  

22/03/2012 - Tom, Chris and Kevin's paper is published and the media pick it up!  
The paper is published in this week's Nature journal and received a News and Views story as well.  We were covered by the BBC, The New York Times and Science.

21/03/2012 - Tom H has his NSERC Scholarship upgraded to an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D3)!  These awards are only given to the top-ranked doctoral candidates in Canada.

02/03/2012 - Jennette is awarded the Wyndham Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student in Biology!  Jennette has also been nominated for the Let's Talk Science National Volunteer Award, about which she'll hear shortly.

17/02/2012 - Tom, Chris and Kevin have a paper accepted to Nature!  
The study was based on Heather Penney's MSc research.  More details to follow after the press embargo...

25/01/2012 - The Sherratt Lab hosts the "MUGS"!  The Manotick Ugly Grumpy Seniors came along to hear a bit about the work that we do and for a tour around Carleton's Biology Department.


13/01/2012 - Kevin Abbott interviewed on CTV Ottawa!
Kevin was talking about his and Tom's work on the evolution of superstition in relation to Friday 13th.