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.
Joe Moran - MSc (co-supervised with Dr. Nicolas Lecomte)
My research interests focus on the spread and management of disease in wildlife populations. Such work is relevant to a wide array of disciplines, from public health to conservation. My current research is on the spread and persistence of rabies in the arctic. I use mathematical modeling and computer simulations to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze this system. The goal of my research is to understand how spatial and temporal factors influence endemic rabies in arctic fox.
Joey Smokey - PhD
I am a quantitative ecologist, and investigate animal populations using spatially-explicit modeling approaches. I enjoy using the intersection between movement ecology, demography, and population biology as a tool to answer conservation questions for species of concern. My M.S. research developed a spatially-explicit agent-based model to evaluate the impacts of fire disturbance on an endangered butterfly metapopulation. My Ph.D. research utilizes integrodifference equations to build theory in population biology with spatially-heterogeneous dispersal kernels, and applying it to species of concern such as green crab in Newfoundland. Teaching is just as important to me as research, and I particularly enjoy instructing introductory and non-majors science courses using active learning and flipped classroom pedagogy. In my free time, I enjoy many outdoor activities, reading fiction novels, playing video games, and spending time with my boyfriend and my cat.
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Josie Hughes (2013-16)
Fabio Frazao (2015-17)
Sovit Chalise (2014-16)
Matt Rittenhouse (2013-15)
Kevin Bell - MUCEP (Spring 2018)
Arielle Przybysz - MUCEP (Spring 2018)
Sarah Baillie - MUCEP (Spring 2018)
Alec Robitaille - MUCEP (2017)
Ariel Hannaford - MUCEP (2014)
Greg Brushett - MUCEP/Summer Research (2014)
Chinedu Okonkwo - MUCEP (2013)
Alice Lin - Summer Research (2012)