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Dr. Hall, Jocelyn
Phylogenetic analysis and systematics of Capparaceae, Cleomaceae, Brassicaceae, and Brassicales; molecular systematics; evolution of floral form; developmental evolutionary biology; evolution of fruit morphology, specifically Brassicaceae; field and herbarium studies of tropical plants, specifically Capparaceae; field studies of Old World Capparaceae.


Dr. Hik, David
Plant-herbivore-climate interactions in northern alpine ecosystems. Current projects are focused on population dynamics and foraging ecology of collared pikas, hoary marmots, Arctic ground squirrels and Dall sheep; responses of alpine vegetation to herbivory and climate change; and treeline landscape dynamics in the southwest Yukon.


Dr. Keddie, Andrew
Pathogen-host interactions from the cellular to organism levels, primarily baculoviruses in lepidopteran hosts, and the role of pathogens in the population biology of phytophagous insects.


Dr. King-Jones, Kirst
Growth, development and our health are profoundly dependent on the proper regulation of metabolic pathways. My lab studies how transcriptional regulators control fat, sugar and energy metabolism in Drosophila melanogaster. In addition, we use molecular, genetic and genomic tools to identify novel genes that have critical regulatory functions with respect to these metabolic processes.


Dr. La Farge, Catherine
My current research is focused on the evolution, systematics and diversity of bryophytes. This research is laboratory and field-based with projects spanning Arctic Canada, the western Cordillera, and Madagascar. Current goals include: 1) the evolutionary relationship of basal bryophytes lineages with respect to land plants; 2) the genetic evidence for bryophyte refugia in Beringia; 3) the evolution of reproductive strategies in mosses; and 4) systematic studies of the Dicranaceae.


Dr. Lanoil, Brian
Microbiology of extreme environments, with an emphasis on polar and icy environments and hypersaline systems.


Dr. Leskiw, Brenda
Regulation of the onset of antibiotic biosynthesis and morphological differentiation in Streptomyces.


Dr. Lewis, Mark
Mathematical biology, with a focus in spatial ecology. Biological problems include modeling the process of territorial pattern formation in wolves, predicting population spread in biological invasions, calculating optimal strategies for biocontrol, and assessing the effect of habitat fragmentation on species survival. A significant part of the research involves the formulation and verification of quantitative models. Mathematical approaches include methods for dynamical systems, perturbation theory, and computational methods.


Dr. Leys, Sally
Evolution of animal body plans. My current research focuses on two areas: developmental mechanisms in basal metazoans and mechanisms of cell-cell communication in sponges. We use molecular (incl. in situ hybridization) and cell biological (EM, video and light microscopy), and physiological techniques. We also use a ROV and SCUBA to study the animals in their environment. Field work occurs at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.


Dr. Locke, John
My research interests involve gene regulation, structure and function of chromatin and structure function of heterochromatin. We are using classical, molecular, and cytogenetic techniques to investigate the role of chromasomal proteins in gene regulation in Drosophila. We are paying particular attention to the phenomina of position effects and how it relates to higher order chromatin structure.


Dr. Luong, Lien
My research interests encompass areas of entomology, ecology, evolutionary ecology, and parasite-host interactions. I am broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, including parasite transmission dynamics. Currently my study system involves a Drosophila - ectoparasitic mite association that occurs naturally in the Sonoran desert of the American southwest. This is a highly tractable system for investigating the evolution of virulence and life history trade-offs, and by extension the evolution of parasitism itself.


Dr. Magor, Bradley
As part of a normal immune response, the genes encoding antibodies are targeted by a mutator protein called AID. These mutations normally lead to an improved antibody response to a given pathogen. This mutator protein must be tightly controlled to ensure that only antibody genes are targeted. My lab investigates how this system evolved, and how it is controlled to provide an improved immune response without leading to autoimmune disease or cancer.


Dr. Magor, Katharine
My research focuses on the genetics of disease resistance in animals. Ducks are the natural host of influenza viruses, and are typically unharmed by strains that are lethal to poultry. We focused first on genes that control disease resistance in animals, namely the MHC Class I genes. We have identified limitations in this viral detection system in ducks, which will affect vaccination and their role as natural reservoir of influenza viruses. We are also characterizing genes of pattern recognition receptors, the master control switches for the innate immune system. Supporting projects in the lab focus on identifying immune relevant genes for studying innate immune responses.


Dr. Manson, Jessamyn
My research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of plant-animal interactions. In particular, I am interested in how relationships between plants, pollinators and herbivores are shaped by the chemical and nutritional properties of flowers and leaves. My work also addresses questions regarding pollinator population biology and the ecosystem services provided by native pollinators.


Dr. McDermid, Heather
I am interested in the underlying genetic causes of birth defects, particularly neural tube defects (NTDs), and the insight into normal development that can be gained through their study. I focus on a mouse model of a severe cranial NTD caused by mutations in the chromatin remodeling gene Cecr2. We study the role of Cecr2 in brain development and its interaction with other genes that modify NTD susceptibility in different mouse strains.


Dr. McKenzie, Deborah
The major research focus of my lab is chronic wasting disease (CWD), a prion disease affected deer and elk. We are using There are five major research directions: 1) role of Prnp genetics on susceptibility to prion infection, 2) CWD strains, 3) role of metals in prion infection, 4) prion disease pathogenesis and 5) development of biomarkers for prion diseases.


Dr. Merrill, Evelyn
Research focuses on large mammals with emphasis on foraging and nutritional ecology of ungulates, plant-herbivore interactions and landscape modifications on wildlife populations. Current interest lies in linking small-scale processes to large-scale patterns in animal distribution and population dynamics.


Dr. Murray, Alison
Systematics of fossil and Recent teleost fishes, including phylogenetic studies using osteological characters. Current projects include marine Cretaceous fishes from North America and freshwater fishes from the Tertiary of Africa and Asia


Dr. Nargang, Frank
Two projects investigating mitochondrial biogenesis are currently under way. In one project the process of import of proteins into mitochondria is investigated through the study of mutants affected in the process. The second project examines the mechanisms by which mitochondria influence the expression of nuclear genes.


Dr. Owttrim, George
My lab is investigating the mechanisms by which photosynthetic organisms sense and respond to environmental change, using cyanobacterial RNA helicases as our model system.


Dr. Palmer, Richard
Primary interests: functional morphology, phenotypic plasticity, evolution of development, ecology, systematics and evolution of marine invertebrates. My students and I have documented some striking examples of predator-induced effects on shell form and behavior in marine snails, diet-induced effects on claw form in shell-breaking crabs and wave-induced changes in barnacle leg lengths. I also maintain an ongoing interest in the development and evolution of biological asymmetries as a way of testing models about the evolution of animal development.


Dr. Paszkowski, Cynthia
Ecology and behaviour of birds, freshwater fishes and amphibians, especially foraging behaviour, habitat use, inter- and intra-specific competition, and direct and indirect effects of predation.


Dr. Pilgrim, David
Developmental genetics, using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Specifically, we are currently studying problems of sex determination, signal transduction and muscle and nervous system development using a combined genetic and molecular approach. We are also interested in the techniques and approaches of genome mapping and characterization.


Dr. Proctor, Heather
My main research area comprises the ecology, evolution, systematics and behaviour of mites (Arachnida: Acari). Within this fascinating and diverse subclass there are three groups in which I am most interested: aquatic mites, soil mites, and feather mites. My theoretical research areas include the community ecology of freshwater and soil invertebrates, determinants of biodiversity, co-evolution of hosts and symbionts, and both macro- and microevolutionary aspects of sexual selection.