People

The Fraser Lab currently has thirteen research personnel (1 Postdoc, 5 PhD, 4 MSc, 2 BSc, 1 field technician) conducting research in five Canadian Provinces and two US states (see descriptions of student projects below):

Lab photo, Fall 2015 Pictured left to right: Dylan Fraser, Carol Zastavniouk, Andrew Harbicht, Elizabeth Lawrence, Katherine Levasseur, Zachery Wells, Jean-Michel Matte, Thais Bernos, Kia Marin, Javiera Benavente; missing: Matthew Yates, Andrew Habrich

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Dylan Fraser (Principal Investigator) I wake up every morning and study fish, so life is good! More generally, I’m fascinated with the population diversity that is 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? 

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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 Legace (PhD 2017-present) The community and ecosystem effects of fisheries-induced evolution (co-supervised by Dr. Alison Derry, UQAM)

 

 

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

 

 

 

Elizabeth LawrenceElizabeth Lawrence (PhD 2014-present)  (Concordia Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Scholar) I am currently assessing vertebrate population diversity across the Americas by constructing a database of population level measures of genetic diversity based on microsatellite DNA. This will ultimately allow me to compare three levels of biodiversity: genetic, population, and species. By applying species-area curve theory to this data, I will assess latitudinal patterns across vertebrate groups as well as anthropogenic influences on biodiversity at each of the three levels. Website

DSC03671Andrew Harbicht (PhD 2013-present)Adaptive management in species restoration: Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain (in collaboration with the US Fish & Wildlife Service; Concordia PhD Fellowship). I am currently working with our partners south of the border to assess several aspects of an Atlantic salmon reintroduction program in Lake Champlain. More specifically, I am looking into how changes to management practices can impact the likelihood of salmon establishing themselves. I am also addressing the impact of a vitamin B1  deficiency (due to a dietary shift towards introduced alewife) on salmon migratory capabilities. Our goal with this project is to address questions directly applicable to Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain, but using novel approaches (telemetric, genetic) that will permit our results to be widely applicable to species reintroduction.

img6035bMatthew Yates (PhD 2011-present) Identifying correlates of adaptability in natural populations (NSERC Postgraduate Scholar)

 

 

 

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

 

 

Brent Brookes (MSc 2017-present) Evolutionary histories of introduced brook trout populations using genomics

 

 

Nicole Hill (MSc 2016-present) The influence of habitat on the recolonization potential of Atlantic salmon to Lake Champlain tributaries (co-supervised by Dr. James Grant, Concordia U.)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Richelle Smith (BSc 2017-present) Empirical relationship between population genetic metrics across different genetic markers

 

 

Clea Montanari (BSc 2017-present) Genetic diversity in vertebrates in the core and periphery of species ranges

 

 

Miles Barette-Duckworth (Field technician 2017) Lake Champlain Atlantic salmon restoration, Drone afficionado

 

 

 

PREVIOUSLY SUPERVISED STUDENTS

Postdoctoral Fellows

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

PhD

Jacquelyn Wood, PhD 2014, NSERC Postgraduate Scholar (now OMNRF scientist)       Paul Debes, PhD 2013 (now Postdoc, University of Helsinki)

MSc

Thais Bernos, MSc 2016 (now Biologist, Madagascar)                                                      Zachery Wells, MSc 2016 (now Biologist, WSP Consulting)                                                 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 PhD student, Concordia U.)                                         Aimee Lee Houde, MSc 2010, NSERC Canada Scholar (now NSERC postdoc, UBC) Sebastian Belmar-Lucero, MSc 2010

BSc

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 Biologist, Madagascar)                                                                 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)                                                                  Kia Marin (2015-2017)                                                                                                                        Thais Bernos (2016-2017)                                                                                                                    Robert Carson (2012-2014)

Field Assistants/visiting scholars

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)                                                                     Laura McDonnell, 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)