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.
For current lab members: Guide to being a graduate student in the Hurford lab
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)