Ricciardi Lab
Research on Aquatic Invasions

Redpath Museum & McGill School of Environment
McGill University

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   Katie Pagnucco
   Josie Iacarella
   Emilija Cvetanovska
   Dustin Raab
   Andrea Morden

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People in the Lab

Katie Pagnucco (PhD candidate, Canada Graduate Scholar, CAISN researcher)
Thesis title: Predicting the impacts of nonindigenous freshwater fishes.

Josie Iacarella (PhD candidate, Tomlinson Doctoral Fellow, CAISN researcher)
Thesis title: Predicting the impacts of aquatic invasive species from their organismal traits and functional responses.

Emilija Cvetanovska (MSc candidate, CAISN researcher)
Thesis title: Changes to an invasive bivalve population following the removal of an artificial thermal plume in the St. Lawrence River.

Andrea Morden (MSc candidate, CAISN researcher)
Thesis title: Persistence and dispersal of the Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) in northern temperate lakes.

Dustin Raab (PhD candidate, Canada Graduate Scholar, CAISN researcher)
Thesis title: Factors affecting the success and impact of fish invasions in tributaries.

Jean-Michel Matte (NSERC Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Sandrine Vigneron (NSERC Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Rachael Ryan (Research Assistant, funded by the Invasive Species Centre)


Former students and research assistants

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.

Jordan Ouellette-Plante (MSc, Biology, 2014; CAISN researcher)
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.[Current position: Aquatic Wildlife Biologist at Le Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec]

Ahdia Hassan (MSc, Biology, 2014; CAISN researcher)
Thesis title: Influence of biogeographic origin and phylogenetic relatedness on the impacts of introduced aquatic species.[Current position: Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada]

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

Phoebe Mankiewicz (BSc Independent Study, Biology, 2014)
Project title: Impacts of invasive species along gradients of invasion history.

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 [As of Sept 2014: 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]

Suncica Avlijas (MSc, Biology, 2013)
Thesis title: Factors affecting the distribution and impact of the invasive freshwater mysid Hemimysis anomala. [Current position: Fish Habitat Science Biologist, 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.

Yasmina Remmal (BSc Independent Study, Biology, 2012-13)
Project title: Impacts of the round goby on benthic and planktonic microcrustaceans.
[Current position: Student biologist at Environment Canada]

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 Tropical Biodiversity ]

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

Charlotte Lapeyre (BSc, 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. [Subsequent position: Research Assistant, Faxafloi Cetacean Research, Iceland]

Karen Wang (NSERC Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2012)

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

Katherine Shaw (McGill Work Study & QCBS Research Assistant, 2012)

Isabel Tom (NSERC Undergraduate 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: NSERC CGSM MSc student, Biology, McGill]

Justin Trumpickas (MSc, Biology, 2010)
Thesis title: Impacts of introduced piscivores on lake fish assemblages.
[Current position: Regional Aquatic Science Analyst, 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. [Subsequent position: Biodiversity Restoration and Community Development Coordinator, CIDA]

Ekaterina Yakushina (BSc Independent Study, Biology, 2010)
Project title: Characteristics of Hemimysis anomala populations in the St. Lawrence River.
[Current position: Nanoecotoxicology Research Assistant, McGill]

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: Science Advisor, Fisheries and Oceans Canada]

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: MSc student, Biology, McGill]

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: NSERC MSc 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 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 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?

Deborah Lightman (BSc, Independent Study, 2008)
Project title: Conspecific attraction in the settlement of invasive mussel larvae.
[Current position: MSc student at McGill University]

Anneli Jokela (MSc, Biology, 2007)
Thesis title: Factors affecting the impact of invasive mussels on native freshwater mussels.
[Current position: NSERC PhD student at Queen's University]

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

Sarah J. Wilson (MSc, Biology, 2007)
Thesis title: Aquatic invertebrate communities on native and exotic plants.
[Current position: NSERC PhD student, Geography, McGill]

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 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: PhD student at Concordia 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?
[Current position: PhD student at Cornell University]

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: Lake Simcoe Scientist, Ontario Ministry of Environment; 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: PhD student at University of Guelph]

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 Kövecses (Research Technician, 2002-03).
[Current position: Staff Scientist, San Francisco Baykeeper]



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