Current Lab Members

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Risa Sargent

PI. Risa has a doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia and pursued postdoctal work at UC Berkeley. She is interested in how species interactions impact processes such as adaptation  and ecosystem services, especially in the context of global change. She uses a variety of tools, including meta-analysis, field experiments and phylogenetic tools to address questions in this area.

Faculty profile:

Sarah Knoerr

MSc Student. Sarah is interested in habitat amendments in agroecosystems. She is investigating the potential for grassland set-asides to serve as nesting habitat for bumble bees within agricultural landscapes. Outside of school Sarah likes to climb, ride or just generally be outdoors. 

Melissa Platsko

MSc Student. Melissa is interested in the differences between wild bee communities in urbanized areas and wild bee communities in natural areas.

Hafsa Ahmed 

MSc Student. Hafsa is interested in understanding the dynamics of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. She is tracking predatory insects and pollinators and measuring the services they provide.

Terrell Roulston

MSc Student. Terrell is using a large database of plant-pollinator interactions – a.k.a. pollination networks – to investiage the role that honey bees (Apis mellifera) have in determing the structure of networks they occupy. This contribution will help understand the effects honey bees have on global plant-pollinator communities, including in their introduced ranges.

Batoule Hyjazie

PhD Student. Batoule is interested in learning about the large-scale distribution of pollinator communities and how they are impacted by anthropogenic activity, particularly in the form of emerging agricultural practices and new crop technologies.

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Jens Ulrich

PhD Candidate. I’m interested in how differences within cities and between cities impact pollinator populations and the interactions between pollinators and plants. I apply hierarchical modelling approaches to understand these patterns. Outside of school I like to play music, knit, garden and go for walks with my dog, Cranberry.

Evelyn Bragion

PhD candidate. Evelyn is interested in how climate change can affect spring ephemerals by altering their interaction with pollinators and overstorey plants. She is co-advised by Jessica Forrest at the University of Ottawa.