CURRENT STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS
Joany Marino - PhD (co-supervised with Dr. Suzanne Dufour)
Symbiosis is one of the key evolutionary driving forces in interacting organisms, yet its dynamics and the consequences it may have for the symbionts are not entirely understood; studying the mechanisms behind these processes is my main interest. My research focuses on chemosymbiosis, and my model system is a group of thyasirid bivalves that inhabit the fjords in western Newfoundland. As frameworks, I use optimal control theory and dynamic energy budget theory, which together allow me to explore and formally articulate different aspects of the population dynamics and evolutionary ecology of chemosymbiosis in these bivalves.
Abdou Fofana - PhD
I am a PhD student in mathematical biology. I’m interested in the ecology of infectious diseases and the evolution of parasite life history traits. The aim of my research project is to explain how animal movement might affect the spread of infectious diseases and ultimately the evolution of virulence & transmissibility. To achieve this goal, I use mathematical tools. I expect that my research will help in understanding a fundamental question, “Why do parasites harm their host?” Also, this research can help in designing more effective public health policies.
Fabio Frazao - MSc
My research addresses the cascading effects of selective-logging in the Brazilian Amazon. Using individual-based models, I am investigating how timber extraction affects movement and seed dispersal by monkeys and dung beetles, as well as some of the long term consequences for the dynamics of the tree community. More broadly, I am interested in how behaviors and interactions that take place at the individual level emerge into ecosystem functions and services, and in the application of this knowledge to tropical forest conservation.