Current Lab Members


Principal Investigator:

PhD Students


MSc Students

Past Lab Members


Postdoctoral fellows

Andrew VealeAndrew Veale (2014-2016)

Project titles: Genomic basis of life history evolution in sockeye salmon

Present position: Senior Scientist, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research




Claudia HollatzClaudia Hollatz (2010-2011)

Project title: Landsape genetics of lowland tapir ,mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm

Present position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minho




Anders Goncalves da SilvaAnders Gonçalves da Silva (2007-2009)

Project title: Conservation genetics of the lowland tapir in an Amazonian flooded forest; mechanisms of invasion success in the Monk parakeet ,mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm

Present position: Computational Evolutionary Biologist, University of Melbourne




PhD students

Matthew WaterhouseMatthew Waterhouse (2014-2017)

Thesis title: Biological consequences of rapid environmental change in the American pika (Ochotona princeps)

Present position: Professor of Biology, Okanagan College




Evelyn JensenEvelyn Jensen (2014-2017)

Thesis title: Learning from the past, examining the present and planning for the future: Genetic approaches to the conservation of giant Galápagos tortoises

Present position: Lecturer, Newcastle University




Yoamel Milian-GarciaYoamel Milian-Garcia (2010-2015)

Thesis title: Caracterización genética del género Crocodylus (Crocodylia: Crocodylidae) en Cuba mediante el empleo de marcadores nucleares y mitocondriales

Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Guelph




Matthew LemayMatthew Lemay (2011-2014)

Thesis title: Ecological genomics of kokanee salmon

Present position: Research Scientist, Hakai Institute




Philippe HenryPhilippe Henry (2007-2011)

Thesis title: Investigating the genetic basis of adaptation in a climate change sensitive species: the American pika

Present position: VP Research & Development, Flowr; Assistant Professor, University of Northern British Columbia




MSc students

Jessica Castellanos LabarcenaJessica Castellanos Labarcena  (2017-2019)

Project: Phylogenetics of New World Crocodiles; Genetic reconstructin of migratory-breeding grounds in Yellow-breasted chats

Present position: PhD student, University of Guelph




Lucas ElliottLucas Elliott (2017-2019)

Thesis title: There and back again: an investigation of the biological and genetic consequences of a sockeye salmon stocking program

Present position: PhD student, The Arctic University of Norway




Brett FordBrett Ford (2015-2017)

Thesis title: On the edge: a spatial and temporal analysis of genetic variation for endangered, peripheral American badger populations

Present position: Bioinformatics Research Associate, Embark Veterinary, Inc.




Kelsey RobsonKelsey Robson (2011-2013)

Thesis title: American pika population genetic structure, demographic history, and behavior in an atypical environment

Present position: Doctor of Arts in Biology, Idaho State University




Evelyn JensenEvelyn Jensen (2011-2013)

Thesis title: Genetic assessment of taxonomic uncertainty and conservation units in painted turtles, with a focus on the at-risk Chrysemys picta bellii in British Columbia

Present position: Lecturer, Newcastle University




Karen FrazerKaren Frazer (2009-2012)

Thesis title: Investigating the divergence of reproductive ecotypes in kokanee salmon

Present position: PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia (Vancouver)




Stephanie KirkStephanie (Kirk) deWaard (2007-2009)

Thesis title: Population genomics in species conservation: tools for the study of local adaptation and fisheries management in kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka)

Present position: Research Assistant, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario




BSc honours students

Megan WalwynMegan Walwyn (2018-2019)

Thesis title: eDNA as a species detection tool: A meta-analysis

Present position:




Vanessa SmithVanessa Smith (2014-2015)

Thesis title: Applying genomics to kokanee fisheries management: historical reconstruction of stock proportions pre- and post-fishery closure in Okanagan Lake

Present position:




Tal ShalevTal Shalev (2013-2014)

Thesis title: Adaptive or neutral: re-examining evidence for divergence among stream and pond-spawning ecotypes of the fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra)

Present position: PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia (Vancouver)




Clayton LambClayton Lamb (2011-2013)

Thesis title: SNP discovery and validation in the American pika (Ochotona princeps) reveals population structure among elevational transects at the northern range periphery

Present position: Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia




Jeanette MadsenJeanette Madsen (2011-2012)

Thesis title: Extirpation by introgression? Investigating the genetic consequence of released painted turtles on endangered Chrysemys picta bellii in British Columbia

Present position: MD (Resident), Memorial University




Dave DonnellyDavid Donnelly (2011-2012)

Thesis title: Harnessing next-generation DNA sequencing and genotyping technologies for adaptive marker development in natural populations

Present position: Research Assistant, Alberta Centre for Toxicology




Zijian SimZijian Sim (2009-2011)

Thesis title: Roads or distances: Investigating the barriers to gene flow in a species with limited dispersal ability

Present position: PhD candidate, University of Alberta




Daniell LalondeDanielle Lalonde (2007-2009)

Thesis title: Ex Situ Conservation Genetics of the Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) in Argentina

Present position: Web and graphic designer




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