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People: Current Lab Members


Marie-Josée Fortin (CV)
Professor, FRSC
CRC in Spatial Ecology

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Ecologist by training; Marie-Josée has four main research areas:
(1) spatial ecology, (2) disturbance ecology, (3) conservation and (4) spatial statistics. Her research program studies the effects of global change (landuse and climate) on species spatial dynamics at the landscape and geographical range levels both in multiuse forested ecosystems and aquatic networks to maintain biodiversity and species conservation.

Graduate Students

Ariel Greiner
PhD Student [Advisors: Martin Krkosek, Marie-Josee Fortin]

Coral reefs

Stephen MacFarlane
PhD Student
Animal movement

Christopher Blackford [website]
PhD Student [Advisors: Marie-Josee Fortin, Martin Krkosek]
Marine Protected Areas
Species distribution modeling

Amanda Xuereb
PhD Candidate
Landscape genetics
Metapopulation modeling
Marine Protected Areas
Andrew Chin
PhD Candidate
Andrew's PhD research investigates the effects of land use and environmental change on fish metacommunities in estuaries. These changes influence aquatic ecosystems in terms of restricting species movement as well as habitat quality and amount. Results of his findings could help inform policy and management guidelines necessary for species persistence.
Carina Firkowski [website]
PhD Candidate (adivsor Marc Cadotte; co-advisor Marie-Josée Fortin)
Carina is interested in bringing concepts from metacommunity ecology and food web theory together to better understand the dynamical response of ecological networks to the impact of spatial, environmental and biotic disturbances.

Korryn Bodner
PhD Candidate (adivsor Peter Molnar; co-advisor Marie-Josée Fortin)
Her PhD is based in the fields of disease ecology and computational modeling. Her research focuses on predicting the effects of climate change on the severity and spread of the trematode parasite,Ribeiroia Ondatrae. Her work utilizes host-parasite models to study how the cumulative effects of temperature on parasite and host demographic traits ultimately influences R0. She is also interested in exploring how machine learning can be used, in isolation and in combination with mechanistic models, to predict R. ondatrae’s spatial spread under various climate scenarios.

Marie-Hélène Brice
PhD Candidate (adivsor Pierre Legendre-UdeM; co-advisor Marie-Josée Fortin)
Marie-Hélène's research focuses on predicting species distribution and community dynamics under climate change, with the aim of improving conservation planning. Her PhD thesis will address several of the key shortcomings of current modelling approaches by developing predictive models that account for species interactions and dispersal limitation. 

Meredith Purcell
PhD Candidate (Advisor Paul Wilson --Trent University; co-advisor Marie-Josée Fortin)

Landscape genetics

Núria Aquilué Junyent
PhD Candidate (advisor Christian Messier--UQAM; co-advisors Lluis Brotons, Marie-Josée Fortin)

Ecological modeling
Socio-economic modeling

Samantha Andrews
PhD Candidate (advisor: Shawn Leroux-MUN; co-advisor: Marie-Josée Fortin)

Marine Protected Areas


Samantha Morin
Masters Candidate (advisor: Jeff Row-Trent University; co-advisor: Marie-Josée Fortin)

Marine Protected Areas

  Lindey Bargelt
Masters Candidate (advisor: Dennis Murray-Trent University; co-advisor: Marie-Josée Fortin)

Protected Areas and Private Land

Russell Turner
Maters Candidate (advisor: Vicki Friesen-Queen's University; co-advisor: Marie-Josée Fortin)

Landscape genetics of seabirds

Postdoctoral Fellows

Kate Kirby [website]

Ecosystem services

Ryan Franckowiak
(adivsor Vicki Friesen-Queen's University; co-advisor: Marie-Josée Fortin)

Landscape genetics of seabirds

Luke Frishkoff [website]
(adivsor Luke Mahler; co-advisor Marie-Josée Fortin)
Luke is an evolutionary ecologist who works on amphibians, reptiles, and birds to understand the rules that govern how environmental gradients dictate community structure, and how human environmental impacts reformulate these rules. He is particularly interested in how evolutionary history and phylogenetic relatedness can be better used in data analysis to provide improved community level inferences.

Emily Darling [website]
(co-adivsors Martin Krkosek and Marie-Josée Fortin)
Emily is a coral reef ecologist, conservation biologist and quantitative field scientist. Her research uses collaborative "big data" approaches to integrate multiple stressors, resilience and community ecology with connectivity and MPA planning in a changing climate. Her work is fundamentally motivated to solve applied environmental challenges for coral reef biodiversity and the coastal livelihoods they support.