Skip to main content

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.

Jennifer Baltzer

  • Comparative tree biology and responses of forests to global change.

Mihai Costea

  • Systematics, biodiversity and biogeography of angiosperms.

Stephanie DeWitte-Orr

  • Investigating innate immune responses to virus infections with a focus on dsRNA-mediated responses.

Derek Gray

  • Impacts of environmental stressors on lakes.
  • Plankton ecology.

Frédérique Guinel

  • Development and hormonal regulation of root symbiosis.

Tristan Long

  • Sexual selection and conflict, genetics of behaviour and speciation.

Deborah MacLatchy

  • Determining source, identity, and mechanisms of action of anthropogenic contaminants on fish reproduction, development and growth.

Allison McDonald

  • Environmental stress physiology and biochemistry.
  • Role of terminal oxidases in respiration and photosynthesis.

Jim McGeer

  • Stress physiology of aquatic animals.
  • Environmental toxicology and risk assessment of metals.

Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb

  • Comparative and functional genomics.
  • Stability and evolution of genetic functional modules.

Scott Ramsay

  • Reproductive ecology of songbirds.

Robin Slawson

  • Survival and persistence of natural populations of potential pathogens from surface waters.

Matthew Smith

  • Mechanisms of protein targeting and import into chloroplasts.

Kevin Stevens

  • Wetland plant ecology.
  • Plant growth in wet areas.

Joel Weadge

  • Microbial glycobiology: Structure-function analysis of proteins that synthesize and export bacterial cellulose.

Michael Wilkie

  • Environmental physiology and toxicology of aquatic vertebrates.

Jonathan Mark Wilson

  • Fish molecular physiology with a focus on elucidating the mechanisms of ion regulation within evolutionary and environmental contexts.

Contact Us:

Melanie Whitwell, Senior Administrative Assistant

E: mwhitwell@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2905
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, Room BA401, Waterloo campus