Current Research Interests
Research in the lab addresses a diversity of fundamental questions in plant ecology. We take a broad approach to research, with interest in plant behavioural ecology, competition, plant-pollinator interactions, insect and mammalian herbivory, evolutionary and functional ecology, climate change, and mychorrhizae.
We generally use a 'kick-the-tires' experimental approach in both natural communities (e.g. native grasslands), and mesocosms (e.g. growth rooms and greenhouses) to test questions at the levels of the individual, population, and community. We incorporate techniques of molecular ecology into many of our studies.
Please visit my lab home page to find out about any opportunities for graduate study. I am always interested in hearing from prospective graduate students at both the M.Sc. and PhD. level, as well as potential postdoctoral fellows and undergraduates. Admissions, and most funding sources, are available to students regardless of nationality. Currently, the lab consists of people from Canada, the United States, Kenya, and Iran.
Laboratory of Experimental Plant Ecology
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Plants and animals have a long co-evolutionary history, and this course explores many of the ways in which plants and animals use and abuse each other. Specific topics include pollination biology, herbivory, and dispersal. Emphasis is on both the evolutionary ecology and ecological implications of these interactions. Prerequisite: BIOL 331 or 332 or BOT 332 or ZOOL 371.Winter Term 2021
Covers specialized topics of current interest to advanced undergraduates in Biological Sciences. Consult the Department for details about current offerings. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Credit for this course may be obtained more than once.Fall Term 2020