Ricciardi Lab
Invasion Ecology & Aquatic Ecosystems

Redpath Museum & McGill School of Environment
McGill University

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   Sunci Avlijas
   Jaime Grimm
   Dustin Raab
   Andrea Morden

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Suncica Avlijas (PhD candidate)
Thesis title: Spatio-temporal variation in the colonization success and impacts of globally invasive freshwater fishes. Co-supervised with Dr. Nicholas Mandrak, University of Toronto.

Jaime Grimm (MSc candidate)
Thesis title: Impacts of native and non-native crayfish populations.

Dustin Raab (PhD candidate, Canada Graduate Scholar)
Thesis title: Factors affecting the success and impact of fish invasions in tributaries. Co-supervised with Dr. Nicholas Mandrak, University of Toronto.

Dickson Wong (MSc candidate)
Thesis title: Predatory-prey interactions between round goby and snails in the St. Lawrence River.

Alex Crew (MSc candidate)
Thesis title: Microplastics in the St. Lawrence River. Co-supervised with Dr. Irene Gregory-Eaves, McGill.

Andrea Morden (Lab Manager; MSc Biology 2016)

Antonina Scheer (BSc Honours student)

Raina Fan (BSc Independent Study student)

Aimy Wang (McGill Work Study Research Assistant)


Former students and research assistants

Jelena Grbc (McGill Work Study & QCBS Research Assistant)

Katie Pagnucco (PhD Biology 2016, Canada Graduate Scholar)
Thesis title: Direct and indirect impacts of non-native freshwater consumers on recipient communities. [Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, UQAM]

Josie Iacarella (PhD, Biology 2015, Tomlinson Doctoral Fellow)
Thesis title: Variation in the impacts of invasive alien species. [Current position: Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Victoria]

Rachael Ryan (BSc Honours 2016, Biology)

Valeriya Sokolenko (BSc Honours 2016, Environment)

Jonathan Rush (BSc Independent Study 2016, Biology)

Bianca Brusco (BSc Independent Study 2016, Biology)

Anna Potapova (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2016)

Tara Hartzell (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2015)

Emilija Cvetanovska (MSc, Biology, 2015)
Thesis title: Cold tolerance of the subtropical Asian clam Corbicula fluminea.[Current position: Consultant, Fisheries and Oceans Canada]

Lowine Hill (McGill Work Study Student, 2015)

Liam Jasperse-Sjolander (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2014)

Jean-Michel Matte (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant, 2014)

Sandrine Vigneron (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant, 2014)

Kayla Hamelin (MSc, Biology, 2014; Julie Payette NSERC scholar)
Thesis title: Effects of thermal effluent on the diversity and distribution of benthic invertebrates in the St. Lawrence River. [Current position: Researcher, Canadian Sea Turtle Network]

Jordan Ouellette-Plante (MSc, Biology, 2014)
Thesis title: Spatial and temporal variation in the internal morphology of dreissenid mussels in relation to turbidity.  Co-supervised with Dr. Ladd Johnson, Univ. Laval. [Subsequent position: Aquatic Wildlife Biologist, le Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec]

Ahdia Hassan (MSc, Biology, 2014)
Thesis title: Influence of biogeographic origin and phylogenetic relatedness on the impacts of introduced aquatic species.[Current position: Invasive Species Coordinator, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment]

Emma Hudgins (BSc Independent Study, Biology, 2014)
Project title: Predatory behavior of an invasive amphipod in the presence of fish chemical cues and conspecifics.
[Current position: MSc student, McGill]

Phoebe Mankiewicz (BSc Independent Study, Biology, 2014)
Project title: Impacts of invasive species along gradients of invasion history.
[Current position: Manager, Bronx Council for Environmental Quality]

Malcolm Lord (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2014)

Justin Chisholm (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2014)

Rowshyra Castaneda (MSc, Biology, 2013)
Thesis title: Factors affecting the distribution, abundance and condition of an invasive freshwater bivalve in a thermal plume [Current position: PhD student, University of Toronto].

Lisa A. Jones (PhD, Biology, 2013)
Thesis title: Predicting aquatic invasion success and impact from species traits.
[Current position: NSERC Visiting Fellow at Fisheries and Oceans Canada]

Andrea J. Reid (MSc, Biology, 2013)
Thesis title: Optimal refugia for native fish species from the introduced Nile perch (Lates niloticus) in the Lake Victoria basin. Co-supervised with Dr. Lauren Chapman.
[Current position: PhD student, Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology]

Yasmina Remmal (BSc Independent Study, Biology, 2012-13)
Project title: Impacts of the round goby on benthic and planktonic microcrustaceans.
[Current position: MSc student, McGill]

Yinci Yan (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2012-13)

Cécile Tang (BSc, Independent Study, Biology, 2012)
Project title: Impact of invasive species on ecosystem services. [Co-supervised with Dr. Elena Bennett] [Current position: Masters student, Erasmus Mundus program in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management]

Marie-Claire Chiasson (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2012)

Charlotte Lapeyre (BSc, NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant 2011 & Independent Study, 2011-12)
Project title: Diversity of benthic macroinvertebrate communities within a thermal plume.

Marion Carrier (BSc, Independent Study, 2011-12)
Project title: Characterizing populations of Hemimysis anomala at two St. Lawrence River ports. [Current position: MSc student, Université de Montréal]

Karen Wang (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant, 2012)
[Current position: Graduate Studies, University of Waterloo]

Laura McDonnell (Research Assistant, 2012)
[Current position: MSc student, McGill]

Katherine Shaw (McGill Work Study & QCBS Research Assistant, 2012)
[Project title: Benthic invertebrate communities along a temperature gradient in the St. Lawrence River. [Current position: MSc student, McGill]

Isabel Tom (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant, 2011)

Max Farrell (BSc Honours, Biology, 2010-11)
Project title: Role of anthropogenic disturbance in the relative dominance of exotic benthic invertebrates in the St. Lawrence River. [Current position: PhD student, McGill]

Justin Trumpickas (MSc, Biology, 2010)
Thesis title: Impacts of introduced piscivores on lake fish assemblages.
[Current position: Aquatic Research Biologist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources]

Rebekah Kipp (MSc, Biology, 2010)
Thesis title: Impacts of an invasive benthic predator on macroinvertebrate communities in the St. Lawrence River.
[Current position: Project Manager (Stream Biomonitoring), Gault Nature Reserve]

Emma Weisbord (BSc Honours, Environment, 2010; co-supervised with Dr. Andy Gonzalez)
Project title: Relationship between economic inequality and biological invasions among countries. [Current position: Administrator, University of Oxford]

Ekaterina Yakushina (BSc Independent Study, Biology, 2010)
Project title: Characteristics of Hemimysis anomala populations in the St. Lawrence River.
[Current position: Aquatic Biologist, WorleyParsons Ltd]

Jessica M. Ward (PhD, Biology, 2010)
Thesis title: Community-level effects of non-indigenous aquatic ecosystem engineers.
[Current position: Aquatic Ecologist, AECOM]

Åsa Kestrup (PhD, Biology, 2010)
Thesis title: The effects of interspecific interactions and environmental heterogeneity on the dominance of an invasive freshwater crustacean.
[Current position: Administrator, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency]

Kathleen Church (MSc, Biology, 2010)
Thesis title: Agonistic interactions between invasive aquatic species.
[Current position: PhD student, Concordia University]

Stefanie Kulhanek (MSc, Biology, 2010; co-supervised with Dr. Brian Leung)
Thesis title: Investigating the use of invasion history, meta-analysis and niche-based models as tools for predicting the ecological impacts of introduced aquatic species.
[Current position: Science Educator, City of Montreal]

Issac Hebert (BSc, Independent Study & NSERC Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2009-10)
Project title: Diet of the round goby in the St. Lawrence River.
[Subsequently: MSc, Concordia University; Current position: Wildlife Research technician, OMNR]

Robby Marrotte (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2008-10)
[Current position: Research Associate, Concordia University]

Karen Cholmondeley (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2009-10)
[Current position: MSc student, Université de Montréal]

Sabriya Syed (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2008-09)
[Current position: PhD student, Mayo Graduate School]

Katie O'Sullivan (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2008-09)
[Subsequent position: Researcher, Americorps VISTA]

Myriam Lacharité (BSc, Independent Study & NSERC Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2009)
Project title: Impacts of the round goby on molluscs in the St. Lawrence River.
[Current position: PhD student, Dalhousie University]

Natalie Summers (Independent Study, 2009)
Project title: Mechanisms of exotic species replacement.
[Subsequently: MASc, James Cook University; Current position: Researcher at Reef Conservation]

Niloufar Bayani (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant, 2009). [Subsequently: MSc, Columbia; Current position: Researcher at UNEP]

Jessica Murray (BSc, Independent Study, 2009)
Project title: Ecological impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle in Ontario.
[Current position: Forest Specialist, Industrial Economics Inc.]

Geneviève D'Avignon (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant, 2008)
[Current position: MSc student, Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, Memorial University]

Kanako Hasegawa (BSc, Env., Honours, 2008, co-supervised with Dr. Brian Leung)
Project title: Is invasion history useful in predicting the impacts of introduced species?
[Current position: Consultant, London Research International]

Deborah Lightman (BSc, Independent Study, 2008)
Project title: Conspecific attraction in the settlement of invasive mussel larvae.
[Subsequently: MSc McGill & Fulbright Scholar (MIT); Current position: Consultant, MMM Group]

Anneli Jokela (MSc, Biology, 2007)
Thesis title: Factors affecting the impact of invasive mussels on native freshwater mussels.
[Subsequently: PhD, Queen's University; Current position: Environmental Consultant, ResCan]

Kathryn Harper (MSc, Biology, 2007)
Thesis title: Yellow perch consumption of invasive mussels in the St. Lawrence River.
[Current position: Director, Project Neutral]

Sarah J. Wilson (MSc, Biology, 2007)
Thesis title: Aquatic invertebrate communities on native and exotic plants.
[Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan]

Suzanne Ellwood (BSc, Env., Independent Study, 2007)
Project title: Introduced aquatic ecosystem engineers.
[Subsequently: Masters of Environmental Studies, Queen's University; Current position: Policy Analyst, NRCan]

Sandra Warren (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant, 2007).
[Current position: Environmental Scientist, Stantec]

Hanie Seo (Research Assistant, McGill Work Study Program, 2007-08).

Arthi Sowmithran (Research Assistant, McGill Work Study Program, 2007). [Current position: Research Scientist, Parmalat Canada]

Robin Tiller (Research Assistant, McGill Work Study Program, 2006-07)
Project: Invertebrate identification in fish diets and benthic samples. [Current position: Teacher, Bronx Academy of Letters]

Christopher Elvidge (BSc, Env., Independent Study, 2007)
Project title: Shifts in species traits among North American freshwater fish assemblages: Ecological homogenization?
[Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Carlton University]

Frederik Pegna (Research Assistant, McGill Work Study Program, 2006). [Current position: Deputy Chief of Contingency Planning, U.S. Coast Guard]

Jill Cohen (BSc, Env., Honours, 2006)
Project title: Is there a correlation between impact and invasiveness in exotic species?
[Subsequently: PhD, Cornell 2013; Current position: Sea Grant Legislative Fellow]

Sylvie Trottier (BSc, Independent Study, 2005)
Project title: Diversity of snail communities associated with native and invasive aquatic plants.
[Current position: GHG analyst, Ecometrica]

Michelle E. Palmer (MSc, Biology, 2004)
Thesis title: Environmental factors affecting the relative abundance of native and invasive freshwater amphipods in the St. Lawrence River.
[Current position: Scientist, Environmental Monitoring & Reporting Branch, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change; obtained PhD from York University]

Colette Ward (BSc Honours, 2004)
Project title: Diet shifts in yellow perch (Perca flavescens) following multiple invasions to the zoobenthos of the St. Lawrence River.
[Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, NCEAS]

Miriam Mottiar (BSc Honours, 2004)
Project title: Occurrence and abundance of exotic snails in the St. Lawrence River.
[Subsequently: M.D., Queen's University; Current position: Resident Physician, University of Toronto]

Susanna K. Atkinson (BSc Honours, 2003)
Project title: Patterns of establishment and impact among introduced aquatic animals.
[Subsequently: MSc, University of Ottawa; Current position: Senior Compliance Officer, Health Canada]

Jennifer Kovecses (Research Technician, 2002-03).
[Current position: Executive Director, Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, Colorado]