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Addicott, J.F Ph.D. (Michigan) [Environmental Biology & Ecology; Systematics & Evolution, Plant Biology]
My research program focuses primarily on the ecology and evolution of the mutualistic interactions between aphids and ants, yuccas and yucca moths, and figs and fig wasps. We study the regulation of costs and benefits, the ecology and evolution of cheating, coevolution between plant and pollinator, and competition for mutualists in these mutualist systems. We also study the impact of environmental division and heterogeneity on ecological process.
Bayley, S, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University) [Ecology]

Biogeochemistry, ecology and management of wetlands and lakes. Interaction between hydrology and nutrient cycling in northern and prairie wetlands and lakes. Use of wetlands for wastewater treatment. Effects of fire and climate change in wetlands and streams. Alternative tropic states in shallow lakes. Fieldwork locations: Boreal Alberta, parkland region of Alberta, and Rocky Mountain Parks.

Ball, G.E., Ph.D. (Cornell) [Systematics & Evolution]
Research interests are in systematics, morphology, evolution and zoogeography. Currently working with carabid beetles, particularly the Neotropical fauna and its extensions into North America, using the methods of phylogenetic systematics and historical biogeography.
Bell, J.B., Ph.D. (Cornell) [Molecular Biology & Genetics]
Investigation of genes involved in wing development (vg and others) in Drosophila; tRNA genes and suppression, yeast and Drosophila.
Campbell, J.N.
Clifford, H.
Cass, D., Ph.D. (Oklahoma University) [Physiology, Cell & Developmental Biology; Plant Biology]
Have developed rapid techniques for sperm cell and embryo sac isolation in maize. Currently developing new procedure for in vitro fertilization and embryogenesis in several lines of maize. Reproductive biology and fertilization mechanisms of other flowering plants.
Cossins, E.A., Ph.D., D.Sc. (London) [Microbiology & Biotechnology; Molecular Biology & Genetics; Physiology & Cell Biology, Plant Biology]
Investigations of one-carbon metabolism and the biosynthesis of folate derivatives in plant and fungal species. Studies of folate-dependent enzymes. Cloning of folylpolyglutamate synthetase genes and use of Neurospora mutants to examine their expression.
Craig, D.A., Ph.D. (Canterbury) [Ecology; Systematics & Evolution]
Current research has focused on the hydrodynamics of evolution of body form in aquatic insects. Hydrodynamics of aquatic insects in relation to: hydraulic regimes, microhabitat selection, evolution of body form, filter feeding, ingestion of DOM, locomotion, escape mechanisms.
Currah, R, Ph.D. (University of Alberta) [Ecology; Systematics & Evolution]
Systematics, ecology and evolution of mutualistic and pathogenic relationships involving fungi and other organisms. Current research involves: 1. mycorrhizas of boreal timber species, arctic, alpine and subalpine plant communities, heath plants, temperate and tropical orchids; 2. keratinophilic fungi (primarily Onygenales and related anamorphs) associated with vertebrate animals and their habitations; 3. fossil fungi associated with plant remains from the Eocene; 4. monographic studies of Dikaryomycota of northwestern North America.
Evans, W.G. Ph.D. (Cornell) [Physiology, Cell & Developmental Biology]
The determination of stimuli invoking behavioral responses of insects to habitat resources i.e. the perception of heat, moist heat and carbon dioxide by testse flies, that is suggestive of their orientation behavior to warm-blooded hosts; the physiology of infrared radiation perception by Melanophila acuminata, an insect attracted to forest fires; chemical and physical orientation cues of feeding and resting sites of saline lakeshore carabid beetles.
Fedorak, P, Ph.D. (University of Alberta) [Microbiology and Biotechnology]
Anaerobic microbiology of oil sands waste waters. Biodegradation and analyses of naphthenic acids. Aerobic microbial degradation of hydrocarbons, sulfur- and nitrogen-heterocycles.
Foght, J., Ph.D.
Metagenomics of hydrocarbon-degrading microbial communities, especially under anaerobic conditions; biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons, particularly under adverse environmental conditions in fuel-contaminated Antarctic soils, cold groundwater and subsurface soils; fundamental studies on mechanisms of hydrocarbon transport across bacterial membranes, and the use of whole cell biocatalysts for biological upgrading of petroleum and refined products; isolation and characterization of cold-adapted bacterial communities that live underneath glaciers.
Fox, R.C., Ph.D. (Kansas) [Systematics & Evolution]
Evolution of Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and early Tertiary tetrapods. Directs the preparation and care of the vertebrate fossil collection.
Frost, L, Ph.D. (University of Alberta) [Microbiology and Biotechnology; Molecular Biology and Genetics]
Signaling mechanisms that initiate plasmid transfer: the role of the conjugative pilus in conjugation and phage infection; the events that lead to nicking at OriT on the plasmid DNA. Antisense RNA and RNA stability; regulation of transfer gene expression by F- and host-encoded factors during entry and exit from stationary phase and during extracytoplasmic stress.
Fuller, W.
Gooding R.H., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public Health) [Physiology, Cell & Developmental Biology; Systematics & Evolution]
Biochemistry and physiology of haematophagous insects and the genetics of hybrid sterility in insects including the genetics of several species of tsetse flies to elucidate the postmating barriers to gene flow between subspecies of Glossina morsitans and Glossina palpalis, and to explore the possibilities for genetic control of these insects.
Hannon, S.J., Ph.D. (University of British Columbia) [Ecology]
Population and behavioral ecology of northern birds and conservation biology. Research involves examining the impact of forest fragmentation on breeding and wintering bird populations; population ecology of black-capped chickadees; reproductive biology and life history patterns in ptarmigan and other birds; dispersal patterns in birds.
Heming, B.S., Ph.D. (North Carolina State University) [Systematics & Evolution]
Interests are in evolutionary development, palaentology and phylogeny of insects particularly of the Paraneoptera.
Hickman, M., Ph.D. (Bristol) [Environmental Biology & Ecology; Systematics & Evolution, Plant Biology]
Palaeolimnological and palynological studies of lakes in Alberta and the central Cordillera of British Columbia. Specifically, research involves elucidating the late Quaternary history of selected lakes, and determining effects of inferred Holocene climate change upon these lakes and their communities through use of microfossils (pollen, diatoms, chrysophyte stomatocyst), pigments and geochemistry. Relationships between modern surficial sedimentary diatom and chrysophyte stomatocyst assemblages and measured environmental parameters are being investigated using multivariate approaches. Ecology of microphytobenthic algal communities.
Hoddinott, J, Ph.D. (University of Alberta) [Ecology; Physiology, Cell & Developmental Biology; Plant Biology]
Current research is investigating the role of elevated carbon dioxide and ultra-violet B levels on the growth and development of boreal forest conifer species. The influence of those treatments on photosynthesis and frost hardiness is given particular emphasis.
Hodgetts, R., Ph.D. (Yale) [Molecular Biology & Genetics]
Molecular genetic analysis of hormone action and innate immunity in the fruit fly, Drosophila; mechanisms of transposon mutagenesis in Drosophila.
Holmes, J.C., Ph.D. (Rice) [Ecology; Systematics & Evolution]
Ecology of intestinal helminths with a focus on: 1) niche diversification, 2) specificity and exchange of parasites, and 3) influence of parasites on host behavior and host population dynamics.
Jensen, Susan (University of Alberta) [Molecular Biology and Genetics]
Genetic and biochemical investigation of the production of antibiotics by the organism Streptomyces clavuligerus.
Dr. Kaufman, Reuben, Ph.D.(Univeristy of British Columbia) [Physiology, Cell and Developmental Biology]
Physiology, pharmacology and endocrinology of ixodid ticks. Projects include: a) The endocrinology of voraxin, the ixodid tick 'engorgement factor ', b) Endocrinology of salivary gland development and degeneration during the feeding cycle, c) Control of vitellogenesis, d) Actions of hormones on salivary glands and reproductive system, and e) Pharmacology of fluid secretion in salivary glands.
Kuspira, J. Ph.D. (University of Alberta) [Molecular Biology & Genetics]

LaRoi, G.H. Ph.D. (Duke University) [Ecology]
My three areas of research interests are 1) Boreal landscape, vegetation and plant community ecology 2) Dominance, diversity, and social organization of plant communities and 3) Successional and seasonal dynamics of boreal forest communities from different habitat (site) types.
Mackay, W.C. Ph.D. (Case-Western Reserve) [Ecology; Physiology, Cell & Developmental Biology]
Physiological ecology of fish, particularly the role of abiotic and biotic factors in controlling feeding, growth, metabolism, and reproduction. Habitat requirements of fish, particularly in winter.
Malhotra, S.K., D.Phil., D.Sc. (Oxford) [Physiology & Cell Biology]
Neural cell biology pertaining to the central nervous system (CNS), particularly the characterization of astrocytes and the regulation of their proliferation and transformation into reactive astrocytes. The latter appear in the CNS following injury or in diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple schlerosis. The emphasis is on the relationship of the cytoskeleton to changes in cell shape, cytoplasmic organization, differentiation, and extracellular matrix.
Mitchell, B.K., Ph.D. (New Brunswick) [Physiology & Cell Biology]
Functional and comparative aspects of insect-host plant relationships, investigated from a chemosensory perspective. Neurobiology of chemosensory coding. Current research is focused on chysomelid beetles of the genus Leptinotarsa and their solanaceous food plants, and on central processing of taste input in the suboesophageal ganglion of flies.
Murie, J.O., Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State) [Ecology; Systematics & Evolution]
Behavioral ecology of sciurid rodents, primarily ground squirrels, specifically: social behavior and use of space, including territoriality; the role of kinship and familiarity in organizing social relationships; influences on vigilance, alarm-calling, and other aspects of anti-predator behavior; scent communication among ground squirrels; mating systems and the influence of demographic and environmental factors on mating strategies of males and females.
Nash, D., Ph.D. (Cambridge) [Molecular Biology & Genetics; Physiology & Cell Biology]
We are identifying, and characterizing at the genetic and molecular level, genes in purine biosynthesis in the fruit-fly. The system allows us to study the integrated regulation of a set of related genes during animal development. Being universally important, the pathway affords evolutionary comparisons with all other groups of organisms
Packer, J.G. Ph.D. (London, UK) [Systematics & Evolution]
My main research interests are the origin and evolution of the arctic and alpine flora. In particular the effects of the quaternary glaciations. I am also interested in the production of user friendly floras of Alberta and North America.
Page, W.J. Ph.D. (British Columbia) [Microbiology & Biotechnology]

My research concentrates on the physiology of Azotobacter including iron-regulated gene expression and nutritional control of cell activities. Applied work includes the production and biodegradation of poly-b-hydroxybutyrate copolymers, a family of natural plastics.

Pickard M.A., Ph.D. (Liverpool) [Microbiology & Biotechnology]
Applied microbiology: microbial enzymes and metabolites. Continuous enzyme production; cell and enzyme immobilization; enzyme heterogeneity. Fungal mutagenesis and strain improvement. Applications of peroxidases. Bioremediation and polycylic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation.
Roland, J., Ph.D.

Research in my lab focuses on population ecology and dynamics of insects in a spatial or landscape perspective. Projects examine both the large-scale pattern of population change, and the mechanism by which landscape alters the processes which drive those dynamics.

Roy, K.L., Ph.D. (British Columbia) [Microbiology & Biotechnology; Molecular Biology & Genetics]
Analysis of gene structure and function in prokaryotes, with special emphasis on the linear plasmids, small and giant forms, found in the genus Streptomyces . Development of methodology to isolate and to characterize linear plasmids. Analysis of genome structures by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Structure and function of small RNA molecules.
Russell, M.A., Ph.D. (Edinburgh) [Molecular Biology & Genetics; Physiology & Cell Biology]
Samuel, W.M., Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) [Ecology]
Influence of parasites on distribution and abundance of large mammals with emphasis on winter ticks on moose populations.
Schindler, D. Ph. D. [Ecology]

Research interests include ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry and experimental ecology, with special reference to boreal, alpine and subalpine watersheds.
Stacey, N., Ph.D. (University of Britsih Columbia) [Physiology, Cell and Developmental Biology]
Interactions among hormones, pheromones, and reproductive behaviors in fish. Our finding that many fish use released hormones (steroids and prostaglandins) as potent and specific sex pheromones makes possible a wide range of studies on pheromone evolution and function. A long term interest is to describe the nature and distribution of hormonal pheromones among the cypriniform fishes, especially the southeast Asian cyprinids (carps, minnows), to develop a broad understanding of species specificity, and how hormonal pheromones function in signaling and reproductive isolation. More specific goals are to understand the physiological mechanisms underlying endocrine and behavioral responses to hormonal pheromones, and how these responses are influenced by the receiver's endocrine status.
Stemke, G.W., Ph.D. (Illinois) [Microbiology & Biotechnology; Molecular Biology & Genetics]
Mycoplasmology, veterinary mycoplasmology. Ureaplasma enzymes; recombinant DNA application to mycoplasmology; mRNA sequence/analysis, physical mapping, PCR diagnosis, phylogeny of mollicutes.
Stockey, Ruth, Ph.D. (Ohio State University) [Plant Biology]

Whole plant biology of fossil plants and their use in phylogenetic analysis. Evolution of ferns, gymnosperms, and aquatic angiosperms.
Phylogenetic trends in the Coniferales. Fossil record of monocots. Reproductive biology of the Araucariaceae and Podocarpaceae, including fossil conifers. Anatomy and morphology of vascular plants. Cretaceous and Tertiary plants: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms.
Plant/fungal interactions in the fossil record/fossil mycorrhizae. Paleocarpology.

Strobeck, C., Ph.D. (University of Chicago) [Ecology; Molecular Biology & Genetics, Systematics & Evolution]
My research is focused on the use of DNA sequence variation to infer the genetic structure within, and the phylogenetic relationships between, natural populations and the application of molecular techniques to wildlife forensics. Species currently being studied in my laboratory include a variety of ungulates (bison, elk, caribou, and bighorn sheep), bears, trout, and ground squirrels. Techniques being used include DNA sequencing and cloning, DNA fingerprinting, and PCR.
Wang, C.H., Ph.D. (Cornell University) [Physiology, Cell & Developmental Biology]
The physiology of cold: 1) Ecology, physiology and biochemistry of mammalian hibernation, 2) Physiology of hypothermia, including the establishment of animal models for prolonged survival under profoundly depressed body temperature, and 3) Mechanisms of improved cold tolerance in animals and men, including the modulation of maximum heat production in cold by nutritional and pharmacological manipulations and the strategies for prevention of accidental hypothermia in man.
Wilson, M., Ph.D. (University of Toronto) [Systemics & Evolution]

Vertebrate paleontology with emphasis on morphology, phylogeny, paleoecology, and taphonomy of fishes. Current research projects include anatomical and phylogenetic studies of Paleocene and Late Cretaceous marine and freshwater teleosts, studies of temporal variation in the morphology of fishes preserved in varved lake sediments of Eocene age, analysis of taphonomic evidence for cause of death and preservation in fossil fishes, and morphological and phylogenetic studies of Silurian and Devonian jawless fishes and early jawed fishes such as acanthodians and early relatives of sharks.

Last Modified: 2015-02-03