Our lab currently has fifteen research personnel (3 Postdocs, 3 PhD, 4 MSc, 5 BSc) conducting research in five Canadian Provinces and two US states (see descriptions of student projects below):

Lab photo, Fall 2017 Pictured left to right: Miles Barette-Duckworth, Matthew Yates, Dylan Fraser, Nicole Hill, Brent Brookes, Elizabeth Lawrence, Ashlee Prevost, Richelle Smith, Jean-Michel Matte, Ella Bowles, Andrew Harbicht, Clea Montanari (missing: Dylan Glaser, Melia Lagace)


Dylan Fraser (Principal Investigator) I’m fascinated with the population diversity found within virtually any species: (i) how does such diversity arise? (ii) How does the evolution of population diversity affect species’ responses to environmental change? (iii) Will small populations adapt as human activities shrink habitats and species abundances?


Dr. Hyung-Bae Jeon (Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, starting September 2018) I am interested in the genomic consequences of harvesting in fish (also known as ‘fisheries-induced evolution’), and I am working on introduced Brook trout to understand how populations evolve during harvesting. This study will contribute to establishing conservation strategies for endangered species as well as sustainable fisheries management (co-supervisor: Dr. Pedro Peres-Neto, Concordia U.).

Dr. Matthew Yates (2018-present) I am investigating the potential for environmental DNA (eDNA) to be used to track changes in the abundance of harvested populations of wild species (co-supervisor: Dr. Alison Derry, UQAM) 



ella bowles (2)Dr. Ella Bowles (MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral fellow 2016-present) Together with the Cree Nation of Mistissini, I am using genomics, life-history and Traditional Ecological Knowledge to manage walleye, northern pike, brook trout and lake trout populations in Mistassini Lake.



Melia Lagace (PhD 2018-present) The community and ecosystem effects of fisheries-induced evolution (co-supervisor: Dr. Alison Derry, UQAM)



0b6441cJean-Michel Matte (PhD 2015-present) The  underlying mechanisms regulating abundance of  brook trout populations (co-supervisor: Dr. James Grant, Concordia U.)




Elizabeth LawrenceElizabeth Lawrence (PhD 2014-present)  (Concordia Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Scholar) I am assessing spatial relationships between vertebrate species richness, population diversity and genetic diversity across the Americas, and its relevance for biodiversity conservation, by constructing a database of population level measures of genetic diversity. Website


Zachery Eisenhauer (MSc 2018-present) Restoration potential of Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain (co-supervisor: Dr. James Grant, Concordia U.)



Dylan Glaser (MSc 2017-present) Effects of fisheries-induced evolution on population-productivity relationships (co-supervisor: Dr. John Post, U. of Calgary)




Brent Brookes (MSc 2017- present)  Evolutionary histories of introduced brook trout populations using genomics (co-supervisor: Dr. Alison Derry, UQAM)



Ashlee Prevost (MSc 2016-present) Recolonization potential and reproductive success of Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain tributaries (co-supervisor: Dr. James Grant, Concordia U.)




Danielle Mac Rae (BSc thesis and NSERC USRA, 2018-present) TBD







Gabrielle Nessel (2018 CUSRA student, BSc thesis, fall 2018) TBD

Gillian Muir (BSc thesis, fall 2018) TBD 

Ramela Koumrouyan (2018 CUSRA student)

Richelle Smith (2018, Summer Research Assistant)




Postdoctoral Fellows

Paul Debes, 2014-2015 (now Postdoc, University of Helsinki)


Matthew Yates, PhD 2018, NSERC Postgraduate Scholar (now Postdoc, UQAM)                    Andrew Harbicht, PhD 2017, Concordia Graduate Scholar (now Postdoc, Karlstad U.)
Jacquelyn Wood, PhD 2014, NSERC Postgraduate Scholar (now OMNRF scientist)       Paul Debes, PhD 2013 (now Postdoc, University of Helsinki)


Nicole Hill, MSc 2018  (now Research Assistant, Calgary Zoo)                                                      Thais Bernos, MSc 2016 (now PhD student, U. of Toronto)                                                      Zachery Wells, MSc 2016 (now Biologist, Environmental Consulting firm)                                Carol Zastavniouk, MSc 2016 (now Biologist, Golder & Associates)                                            Eric Brunsdon, MSc 2015 (now Biologist, Atlantic Salmon Federation)                     Shahinur Islam, MSc 2015, E. Darwin scholar (now PhD student, Memorial U.)                     Kia Marin, MSc 2015 (now Biologist, Golder & Associates)                                                   Corey Clarke, MSc 2014, NSERC Canada Scholar (now Lead Biologist, Parks Canada) Queenie Gray, MSc 2013 (now Biologist, Parks Canada)                                                   Andrew Harbicht, MSc 2012 (now Postdoc, Karlstad U.)                                                        Aimee Lee Houde, MSc 2010, NSERC Canada Scholar (now NSERC postdoc, UBC) Sebastian Belmar-Lucero, MSc 2010


Clea Montanari, BSc 2018                                                                                                        Richelle Smith, BSc 2018                                                                                                                 Andrew Habrich, BSc 2016, NSERC USRA (now MSc student, U. Winnipeg)                          Katherine Levasseur, BSc 2016                                                                                                       Lisa Walker, BSc 2015 (now MSc student, McGill U.)                                                           Jessica Mantha, BSc 2015                                                                                                             Megan Heath, BSc 2014 (now MSc student, U. Windsor)                                                     Alana di Vito, BSc 2014 (now MSc student, Concordia U.)                                                   Thais Bernos, BSc 2013 (now PhD student, U. of Toronto)                                                            Tom Burdon, BSc 2013                                                                                                                   Defne Tezel, BSc 2012                                                                                                           Alexandre Meli, BSc 2012, NSERC USRA (now PhD student, McGill U.)                             Mikayla Wujec, BSc 2012                                                                                                        Matthew Yates, BSc 2011, NSERC USRA (now PhD student, Concordia U.)              Sherylyne Scott, BSc 2011                                                                                                          Matthew Morris, BSc 2009, NSERC USRA (now Assistant Professor, Ambrose U.) Anthony Heggelin, B.E.S. 2008 (now Biologist, Nova Scotia)                                            Aimee Lee Houde, BSc 2007, NSERC USRA (now NSERC Postdoc, UBC)

Research Associates

Alexandre Bourassa (2017, joint Concordia-UQAM)                                                                      Thais Bernos (2016-2018)                                                                                                                Kia Marin (2015-2017)                                                                                                                            Robert Carson (2012-2014)

Field Assistants/visiting scholars

Miles Barrette-Duckworth, fall field assistant (2017)
Tyler Brooks, summer field assistant (2017)                                                                            Calley Wasser, summer field assistant (2017)                                                                     Camden Moirs, summer field assistant (2017)                                                                  Gabrielle Nessel, summer field assistant (2017)                                                                      Anne-Marie Beland, fall field assistant (2016)                                                                            Rachel Lampron, summer field assistant (2016)                                                                          Dr. Deliang Li, visiting professor (2016)                                                                                    Andrew Habrich, summer field assistant (2016)                                                                    Javiera Bonavente, visiting MSc student (2015)                                                                    LauraMcDonnell, lab research assistant (2015)                                                                            Lisa Walker, lab research assistant (2015)                                                                                Alana diVito, summer/fall field assistant (2014)                                                                    Megan Heath, summer/fall field assistant (2014)                                                                    Ryan Beach, summer field assistant (2013)                                                                              Thais Bernos, summer field assistant (2013)                                                                              Christine Gaudreau, fall field assistant (2012)                                                                        Alexandre Meli, lab research assistant (2012)                                                                              Pablo Munoz, visiting MSc scholar (2012)                                                                                Destin Joyal, lab research assistant (2012)                                                                            Mikayla Wujec, summer research assistant (2011)                                                                  Morgane Bonamy, field assistant (2011)                                                                                  Cyndy Desjardins, fall field assistant (2011)                                                                              Emily Fobert, fall field assistant (2011)