People

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Contact Information:

Stephen C. Lougheed
Department of Biology, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
Telephone: 613-533-6128
FAX: 613-533-6617
email: steve.lougheed@queensu.ca


Present:

Graduate students

MEGAN SENTSINGER (M.Sc. started 2014) Provisional thesis title: Conservation & landscape genetics of Butler's garternsakes.

NICK CAIRNS (Ph.D. started 2013) Provisional thesis title: Phylogenomics of temperate frogs.

LESLIE HOLMES (Ph.D. started 2012) Provisional thesis title: Evolution of the cowpea weevil, Callosobruchus maculates, in response to stress in the face of predation and competition. Co-supervised with Bill Nelson.

MICHAEL PATRIKEEV (Ph.D. started 2012) Provisional thesis title: Diversification of anurans in the Atlantic Coastal Forests of Brazil.

HAYLEY ROBERTS (M.Sc. started 2013) Provisional thesis title: Female breeding phenology of temperate frogs in Eastern Ontario.

Research Associates

ZHENGXIN SUN (works with many other EEB faculty and students as well). He mans our EEB Core Lab.

Undergraduate thesis students

AUSTEJA VASKEVICIUTE (B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2015) Provisional thesis title: Patterns of introgression and differentiation across a contact zone.

AMANDA CICCHINO (B.Sc. Honours candidate. 2015) Provisional thesis title: Phylogenetic perspectives on call evolution in the spring peeper.

Past:

Postdoctoral Fellows

FRANCES BONIER (at Virginia Tech with Ignacio Moore. 2007-2009). Now an Assistant Professor in Biology, Queen's University. | web site |

LEONARDO CAMPAGNA (Senate Advisory Research Committee Postdoctoral Fellowship. Working on an array of topics related to genetic bases of speciation, particularly in Neotropical birds). Now a Postdoctoral Research Associate
at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

RUTE CLEMENTE-CARVALHO (Government of Canada Postodctoral Fellow. 2011-12) Research focus: landscape genetics of Storeria snakes. Diversification of Melanophryniscus toads of Northwestern Argentina. Now at the Departamento de Biologia Animal, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil.

PAUL MARTIN (2006-07). Research focus: latitudinal diversity gradients in the Americas. Now an Associate Professor in Biology at Queen's University. | web site |

Graduate students

JAMES AUSTIN (Ph.D. 2003). Thesis Title: Multi-scale perspectives on the genetic structure of a widespread amphibian, the North American Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana. (Co-supervised with P. Boag). Now an Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida (Gainseville). | web site |

LEONARDO CAMPAGNA (Ph.D. 2012. Principle Supervisor Pablo Tubaro. Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernadino Rivadavia", Buenos Aires). Thesis title: Evolución de una radiación reciente en el género Sporophila (Aves, Passeriformes). Now a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

AMY CHABOT (Ph.D. 2010) Thesis title: The Impact of Migration on the Evolution and Conservation of an Endemic North American Passerine: Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus). Now a self-employed environmental consultant.

EMILY CROTEAU (M.Sc. 2002). Thesis Title: Conservation genetics of northern populations of a declining songbird, the Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri breweri) in a fragmented landscape. (Co-supervised with P. Boag). Now an Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University. | web site |

ANNE DALZIEL (M.Sc. 2003). Thesis Title: Evolution of aerobic energy metabolism in high performance fish: origins of variation in mitochondrial content. (Co-supervised with C. Moyes). Now a postdoctoral fellow at Laval University.

MARKUS DYCK (Ph.D. candidate - co-supervised with W. Nelson) Research focus: foraging ecology and bioenergetics in temporally and spatially heterogeneous landscapes. Temporarily withdrawn to serve as the primary polar bear biologist for Nunavut.

MICHELLE DILEO (M.Sc. candidate. 2010. NSERC Scholar) Thesis title: The influence of landscape on genetic structure of a threatened reptile. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto. Mississauga. | web site |

KATHRYN ELMER (Ph.D. 2006). Thesis Title: Genetic diversity across spatial and evolutionary scales in some neotropical amphibians. Now a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. | web site |

BRIAR HOWES (Ph.D. 2006). Thesis Title: Genetic and ecological analysis of a species' range. Now a Critical Habitat Biologist with Parks Canada (Gatineau, Quebec).

GABRIELA IBARGUCHI (Ph.D. 2011 - co-supervised with Vicki Friesen). Thesis title: Biogeography and diversification of Andean seedsnipes (Thinocoridae): An Antarctic avian lineage?.

SAMANTHA KLAUS (M.Sc. 2012). Thesis title: Correlates and temporal variation in call phenology of Eastern Ontario frogs. Now an analyst with Health Canada.

DARIA KOSCINSKI (M.Sc. 2003) Thesis Title: The relative importance of geographic isolation vs. ecological gradients in diversification of an Andean treefrog, Hyla andina. Now a conservation biologist with Carolinean Canada | web site |

ALEX LITTLE (M.Sc. 2009 - co-supervised with C. Moyes) Research focus: molecular evolution of cytochrome oxidaxes in sharks and tunas. Now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia.

LAURA NAGEL (Ph.D. 2006) Thesis Title: Evolutionary divergence in a common ectoparasite of coral reef fishes. (Co-supervised with Bob Montgomerie). Now a postdoctoral fellow at Queen's University.

JEFF ROW (Ph.D. 2011) Thesis title: Testing for the imprint of historical and contemporary processes on genetic and ecological diversity of eastern foxsnakes across multiple spatial scales. Now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo. | web site |

KAT STEWART (Ph.D. 2012) Thesis title: Contact zone dynamics and the evolution of reproductive isolation in a North American treefrog, the spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). Starting as an Assistant Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai.

MARY VALLIANATOS (M.Sc. 1999). Thesis Title: Conservation genetics and population structure of the Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) in Central and Eastern North America. (Co-supervised with P. Boag). Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice-President of Health Affairs, University of Florida.

AMANDA XUEREB (M.Sc. 2012) Thesis title: Characterizing population genetic structure and inferring the influence of landscape features on gene flow in a temperate snake species. Now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto.

Undergraduate thesis students

ANASTASIA SAVROVA (B.Sc. Honours. 2014) Thesis title: Variation in development among wetland types of different temperate frogs.

MARK SZENTECZKI (B.Sc. Honours. 2014) Thesis title: Using Approximate Bayesian computation to understand the distribution of genetic diversity in massasauga rattlesnakes.

MELISSA LUCAS (B.Sc. Honours. 2014) Thesis title: Landscape genetics of spring peepers: The scale of evolutionary equilibrium in a heterogenous environment.

ERICA LOVETT (B.Sc. Honours. 2013) Thesis title: Seasonality of variation in the clock gene in a South American sparrow. Co-supervised with V. Friesen.

JANET GREENHORN (B.Sc. Honours. 2013) Thesis title: Testing the importance of freshwater islands in differentiation of temperate snakes.

EMMA BOTHWELL (B.Sc. Honours 2012) Thesis title: Secondary contact and character displacement in body size in birds. Co-supervised with P. Martin.

JAPTEG SINGH (B.Sc. Honours 2012) Thesis title: Impact of larval competition on life history attributes of the cowpea weevil. Co-supervised with W. Nelson.

RACHEL WANG (B.Sc. Honours 2012) Thesis title: Impact of hybridization on sperm morphology in a contact zone. Co-supervised with R. Montgomerie.

JORDAN QUAN (B.Sc. Honours 2012) Thesis title: Gene flow, freshwater islands and genetic distinctiveness of the eastern garter snake.

FIONA MUNRO (B.Sc. Honours ENSC 2011) Thesis Title: A geographical perspective and analysis of research on Queen’s University Biological Station Lands: Past trends and present significance.

SURBHI JAIN (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis Title: A study of male agonistic interactions and competitor recognition between allopatric and secondary contact populations of a temperate frog species: The spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer).

CAROLINE JAMISON (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: Population structure and connectivity in a small woodland snake.

LOUISE LAM (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: The effects of food abundance on dispersal of cowpea weevils Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Co-supervised with W. Nelson.

JENNA SUI (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: Evaluating the population structure and conservation in the northern range of the prairie skink, Plestidon septentrionalis. Co-supervised with P. Rutherford (Brandon University).

AARANI SIVASEKARUM (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: The use of new Bayesian methods in detecting sex-biased dispersal.

CALLY TOONG (B.Sc. Honours 2011) Thesis title: Asymmetrical gene flow at a species range limit.

DANA DRUMM (B.Sc. Honours - Co-cupervised with Fran Bonier 2010). Research focus: Long-term population trends in tree swallows.

MARI GLYNN-MORRIS (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: the relationship between parasitism, growth rates and habitat fragmentation in eastern foxsnake.

JAYDA GUY (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: microhabitat selection in small temperate snakes of the genus Storeria.

CAMERON HUDSON (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: Male calling behaviour in spring peepers.

GEORGIA LLOYD-SMITH (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: The relationship between parasitism, growth rates and habitat fragmentation in eastern foxsnakes.

AMANDA XUEREB (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: The relationship between parasitism, growth rates and habitat fragmentation in eastern foxsnakes.

LILY ZENG (B.Sc. Honours 2010) Research focus: Landscape genetics of red-bellied snakes.

ROSLYN HOWELL (B.Sc. Honours 2009) Thesis Title: Microclimatic predictors of frog chorusing in southeastern Ontario.

STEPHANIE JOHNSON (B.Sc. Honours 2009) Thesis Title: Partitioning of acoustic resource space in neotropical anuran communities.

MICHELLE DILEO (B.Sc. Honours 2009) Thesis Title: Comparative landscape genetics of two sympatric snake species.

KRYSTA ANDREWS (B.Sc. Honours 2009. Co-supervised with Paul Martin) Thesis Title: Character displacement in the drumming of sympatric species of Campephilus woodpeckers.

LAURA LOCKHART (B.Sc. Honours 2009. Co-supervised with Fran Bonier) Thesis Title: Body condition matters: The effects of resource availability on resource allocation patterns in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).

CAM ROBERTSON (B.Sc. Honours 2008) Thesis Title: Sex-biased dispersal patterns of Eastern Foxsnakes (Elaphe gloydi) in Ontario.

ROZ LOUGHEED (B.Sc. Honours 2008) Thesis Title: The relation between variation in phenotypic fitness proxies and putatively neutral DNA microsatellites in eastern foxsnakes (Elaphe gloydi).

LAURA KING (B.Sc. Honours 2008) Thesis Title: Diversification and Phylogeography of a Northwestern Argentine toad, Melanophryniscus rubriventris (Anura: Bufonidae).

KATHERINE McKEREGHAN-DARES (B.Sc. Honours 2008) Thesis Title: Diversification and speciation of crowned-sparrows, genus Zonotrichia, in the New World.

CHRIS MORROW (B.Sc. Honours 2008) with Dr. Heather Stuart (Community Health & Epidemiology) Thesis Title: Determinants of Underservicing in Southeastern Ontario's Community Mental Health System.

KATIE GEALE (B.Sc. Honours 2007) Thesis Title: Molecular phylogeny of sierra-finches (Phrygilus): Diversification among plumage groups in the Andes Mountains.

ANITA MELNYK (B.Sc. Honours 2007) Thesis Title: The effect of data partitioning on Bayesian phylogenetic inference of the Lithobates catesbeiana species group.

JULIANA AGOSTINO (B.Sc. Honours 2006) Thesis Title: Effective population size and temporal changes in genetic diversity in the American bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana.

BETHANY LINDSAY (B.Sc. Honours 2004) Thesis Title: Phylogeography of the five-lined skink, Eumeces fasciatus.

RAMSEY WRIGHT (B.Sc. Honours 2004) Thesis Title: Phylogeography, life history and the genetic structure of western Amazonian anurans: A preliminary study.

JULIE LEE-YAW (B.Sc. Honours 2003) Thesis Title: Habitat use and genetic population structure at fine geographic scales in a northern population of five-lined skink, Eumeces fasciatus.

DANIEL LIADSKY (B.Sc. Honours 2003) Thesis Title: Call variation in the Andean treefrog, Hyla andina.

SARAH SHARP (B.Sc. Honours 2003) Thesis Title: Phylogeographic perspectives and hybrid zone dynamics in two species of the Hyla pulchella Group.

TANYA DA SYLVA (B.Sc. Honours 2002) Queen's Thesis Title: High-resolution DNA markers for the study of microgeographic genetic variation in Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper).

LIEM VIEN (B.Sc. Honours 2002) Queen's Thesis Title: Conservation genetics of the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike. A microsatellite study.

ROB NESS (B.Sc. Honours 2002) Queen's Thesis Title: Evolution of apomictic asexual reproduction in Antennaria parlinii: a phylogenetic investigation. (Co-supervised with C. Eckert)

JENNIFER GIBSON (B.Sc. Honours 2001) Queen's. Thesis Title: The patterns of genetic diversity in the hybridizing toad species Bombina bombina and B. variegata.

CHARLES MACMICHAEL (B.Sc. Honours 2001) Queen's. Thesis Title: Temporal changes in mitochondrial control region of Lanius ludovicianus migrans: conservation perspectives. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)

DARIA KOSCINSKI (B.Sc. Honours 2000) Queen's. Thesis Title: Historical and ecological correlates of diversification in an Amazonian frog. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)

ANNE CURTNER (B.Sc. Honours 1998) Queen's. Thesis Title: Sensitivity analysis for tests of rates of phenotypic change: selection and drift in model systems. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)

LINDSEY NEIDRAUER (B.Sc. Honours 1998) Queen's. Thesis Title: Phylogeography of a North American tree frog, Pseudacris crucifer. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)

C. ABBOTT (B.Sc. Honours 1997) Queen's. Thesis Title: Using microsatellites to determine the population structure of Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala). (Co-supervised with P. Boag)

BEV BATEMAN (B.Sc. Honours 1996) Queen's. Thesis Title: Phylogeny of anemonefishes inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences: a perspective on the evolution of host specificity. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)

KYLIE TANNER (B.Sc. Honours 1996) Queen's. Thesis Title: An enigmatic neotropical frog: can 16S rRNA gene sequence data resolve evolutionary affinities? (Co-supervised with P. Boag)

T. SHAW (B.Sc. Honours 1995) Queen's. Thesis Title: MtDNA control region sequence variation in two geographically restricted songbirds: a pilot study. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)

M. WARBECK (B.Sc. Honours 1995) Queen's. Thesis Title: Postglacial history of a South American songbird as inferred by mitochondrial cytochrome b sequence data. (Co-supervised with P. Boag)

A. KAZIM (B.Sc. Honours 1992) Brock. Thesis Title: Strategies for conservation of biodiversity: large versus small reserves.

E. OLSEN (B.Sc. Honours 1992) Brock. Thesis Title: Ecological correlates of plumage variation in northwestern Argentine populations of the Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis.

S. YEZERINAC (B.Sc. Honours 1991) Western Ont. Thesis Title: Measurement error and morphometric studies: an assessment of statistical power and the effect of observer experience using avian skeletons. (Co-supervised with P. Handford)

Past Visiting Scientists

ISABELLE BISSON (then a Ph.D. student, York University. Supervisor: B. Stutchbury). Thesis Title: Genetic and evolutionary consequences of migration in the Cassin's Kingbird.

OCTAVIO SOTO ROJAS (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo).

SESANGARI GALVAN QUESADA (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo).

LUCIANO CALDERON (Ph.D. candidate. Principla Supervisor Pablo Tubaro. Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernadino Rivadavia", Buenos Aires).

JOSE A. DAVILA (from the Instituto de Investigación en. Recursos Cinegéticos, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain).

DARIO LIJTMAER Now CONICET Investigator at the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales.

ESTER SANCHEZ-BERMEJO (Ph.D. Instituto de Investigación en. Recursos Cinegéticos, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain).

EDUARDO MARTIN (Ph.D. Principle Supervisor Piter Blendinger. Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina).

ROCIO SANCHEZ (Ph.D. Principle Supervisor Piter Blendinger. Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina).

NICOLA BANGER (University of Ottawa. Supervisor. Gabriel Blouin-Demers).

LUCIANO CALDERÓN (Ph.D. Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernadino Rivadavia", Buenos Aires)

MARCOS VAIRA (CONICET Investogator. Oct - Dec 2011) Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, Argentina

Work study students & lab volunteers

JONATHAN DUBOFF

JUDY KIM

VENETIA MAH

NATALIE MORRILL

LIEM VIEN

SHERILEE HARPER

AARANI SIVASEKARUM

SURBHI JAIN

JENNA SIU

KAYLA FLAMENBAUM

MARK SZENTECZKI

CALLY TOONG

International Internship Students

ZOUBER MAOUZE

Research Associates (from St. Lawrence College)

BRAD ACKER

ANNE CURTIS

JASON KENNEDY

NATALIE ROY

NADINE SHARPE