Current Students

PhD students

MSc students

Dr. Shelley E. Arnott

I’m interested in understanding how environmental conditions, priority effects, and dispersal of individuals across lakes influence community response to environmental change. 

We use a range of approaches (see student projects below), although our forte is conducting field experiments and surveys.

Undergraduate Thesis Students

Sarah Hasnain

Mike Lavender

Thesis title: From patterns to processes: Linking patterns of species association to the processes creating them


Co-advised by

Dr. Jim Rusak, OMOECC

Dr. Brandon Schamp, Algoma U.

Link to research interests

Post-doctoral Fellows

Martha Celis-Salgado

FLAMES lab Post-doctoral fellow

Project: Environmental toxicology

Caleb Yee

Thesis title: Hot or cold: Using climate niches to predict overlaps in habitat suitability between non-native fishes in Ontario


Co-advised by Tim Johnson (OMNRF)

Sara Baker

Thesis title: An investigation of adaptive life-history responses of Daphnia pulicaria to road salt

Alex McClymont

Danielle Greco

Thesis title: Effects of chloride and nutrients on freshwater zooplankton communities


Co-advised by Brandon Schamp (Algoma University)

Thesis title: Does Daphnia anti-predator response influence the impacts of the invasive spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) on zooplankton communities?

Co-advised by Dr. Troy Day



Xinyu Sun

Thesis topic: The effect of multiple stressors on water quality and aquatic ecosystems

Thesis title: Effects of chloride and temperature on freshwater zooplankton communities

Shrisha Mohit

Thesis topic: An investigation of the efficacy of decontamination strategies to prevent the spread of invasive species

Co-advised by Tim Johnson (OMNRF)

Anna Beckett

Thesis topic: Zooplankton responses to multiple environmental stressors in Lake Simcoe

Cassandre Pyne

Thesis title:

Brooke Rathie

Thesis title: Population and physiological responses of Daphnia pulicaria to road salt additions

Lauren Johnson

Thesis title: Nutrient limitation in phytoplankton and bacteria

A collaborative, multi-investigator study associated with NE-GLEON

Kathleen Waterston

Thesis title: Efficacy of herbicide to control European Water Chestnut

Co-supervisor: Kyle Borrowman, Ducks Unlimited