MA student (since 2016), Archaeology
Research Interests: I am interested in the effect the morphology of points has on their penetration and wound characteristics. To explore this I will be using computer simulations and comparing those with experimental data.
M.Sc. Candidate (since 2015), Mooers Lab
Research Interests: As the need for conservation action becomes more urgent, I am interested in the role that zoological institutions can play in species conservation. In particular, I am exploring the potential of Canadian institutions to become centers of ex situ conservation for threatened amphibians and reptiles who are dependent on management for their survival. NSERC gave me a scholarship too.
Research Interests: My research characterizes the diversity and the selection that acts on gamete recognition genes involved in different parts of the fertilization process in a variety of species.
Jayme M.M. Lewthwaite
Research Interests: I’m a biogeographer and macro-ecologist and my research focuses on phylogenetic and functional diversity patterns – of mammals at global scale but also on mammalian gut microbiota at a micro scale. In Vancouver, I’ll be focused on linking phylogenetic and functional diversity to conservation.
Postdoctoral fellow (since ), Crespi Lab
Research Interests: My experimental, theoretical and applied research work all seek to understand the evolutionary ecology of conflicts by focusing on the genetic, physiological and behavioral differences between individuals. This integrative research is encompassed in five broad themes that address how genetic variation is maintained in the face of adaptation and maladaptation to the environment.
M.Sc. Candidate (since 2013), Mooers Lab
Research Interests: I’m interested in studying phylogeny-based measures that are being used in conservation planning to figure out what we actually are preserving based on those measures. The idea is to recognize or develop a metric that is able to rank species based on their evolutionary heritage (i.e. their degree of isolation on the tree of life) and at the same time shows degrees of correlation with other aspects of biodiversity, which are thought to enhance species chance of survival in ambiguous future.
Tanya L Procyshyn
Postdoctoral fellow, Collard Lab
Research Interests: My primary research interests lie in the Viking Age and the archaeology of conflict, violence and warfare. My postgraduate research focused primarily on the archaeology of Viking Age England. Since then I have been expanding my interests to investigate themes such as conflict, identity and religion within the wider context of the Viking world. As part of HESP I am currently investigating the biocultural effects of religious change among Scandinavian societies during the Viking Age.