Faculty Research Interests
If you are a senior undergraduate student, graduate student or prospective graduate student looking for a thesis supervisor, give careful consideration to how your research interests match those of your prospective supervisor. If, for instance, you are accepted into the MSc in Integrative Biology program, you will be committing to a two-year relationship in their lab. If you become a PhD student in Biological and Chemical Sciences, it will be a four-year relationship. Consider making arrangements to come to Laurier to visit their lab and meet with their current students.
Be aware that individual faculty members may not be taking new students from time to time: for example, they may be going away on sabbatical or have no openings in their lab for the term in which you are thinking of starting.
- Comparative tree biology and responses of forests to global change.
- Systematics, biodiversity and biogeography of angiosperms.
- Investigating innate immune responses to virus infections with a focus on dsRNA-mediated responses.
- Impacts of environmental stressors on lakes.
- Plankton ecology.
- Development and hormonal regulation of root symbiosis.
- Sexual selection and conflict, genetics of behaviour and speciation.
- Determining source, identity, and mechanisms of action of anthropogenic contaminants on fish reproduction, development and growth.
- Environmental stress physiology and biochemistry.
- Role of terminal oxidases in respiration and photosynthesis.
- Stress physiology of aquatic animals.
- Environmental toxicology and risk assessment of metals.
- Comparative and functional genomics.
- Stability and evolution of genetic functional modules.
- Reproductive ecology of songbirds.
- Survival and persistence of natural populations of potential pathogens from surface waters.
- Mechanisms of protein targeting and import into chloroplasts.
- Wetland plant ecology.
- Plant growth in wet areas.
- Microbial glycobiology: Structure-function analysis of proteins that synthesize and export bacterial cellulose.
- Environmental physiology and toxicology of aquatic vertebrates.
- Fish molecular physiology with a focus on elucidating the mechanisms of ion regulation within evolutionary and environmental contexts.