Ricciardi Lab
Invasion Ecology & Aquatic Ecosystems

Redpath Museum & Bieler School of Environment
McGill University

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   Gen D'Avignon
   Sunci Avlijas
   Heather Reid
   Jessamine Trueman
   Christophe Benjamin
   Noémie Sheppard

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People in the Lab

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.

Geneviève D'Avignon (PhD candidate)
Thesis title: Microplastics in freshwater food webs. Co-supervised with Dr. Irene Gregory-Eaves, McGill.

Heather Reid (MSc candidate)
Thesis title: Interpopulation variation in thermal responses by an invasive freshwater fish.

Jessamine Trueman (MSc candidate)
Thesis title: Experimental studies on the impacts of invasive goldfishes (Carassius spp.).

Christophe Benjamin (MSc candidate)
Thesis title: Impact of European Tench (Tinca tinca) on native benthivorous fishes.

Noémie Sheppard (MSc candidate)
Thesis title: Temperature-mediated impacts of invasive crayfishes.

Hélène Pfister (BSc Independent Study 2020, Biology; Work Study Research Assistant 2019-21)


Former students and research assistants

Victoria Chicatun (MSc Biology 2021)
Thesis title: Temperature mediation of the ecological impacts of invasive crayfishes.
[Current position: Project Biologist, Lake Babine Nation]

Alex Crew (MSc Biology 2019)
Thesis title: Microplastics in the St. Lawrence River. Co-supervised with Dr. Irene Gregory-Eaves, McGill. [Current position: Science Evaluator, Health Canada]

Duncan Wang (BSc. Hons., Environment, 2020; NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2020) [Current position: Master of Management in Analytics candidate, McGill]

Eve-Line Bérubé Beaulieu (BSc. Hons., Environment, 2020)
[Current position: MSc candidate, Université de Québec à Montréal]

Philippe Hénault (NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2020)

Yael Lewis (Science Undergraduate Research Award, 2020)

Giulio Navarroli (Work Study Research Assistant 2017-19; Science Undergraduate Research Award, 2019; Research Technician, 2019-20)

Nicole Moore (Science Undergraduate Research Award, 2019)

Shu Han (Sophia) Hsu (BSc. Hons., Biology, 2018-19)

Julia Briand (BSc. Hons., Environment, 2018-19)

Jaime Grimm (MSc Biology 2018)
Thesis title: Comparative functional responses of crayfishes: variation across species and populations.[Current position: Conservation Researcher, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada]

Meng Yu (Aimy) Wang(BSc Hons., Environment, 2018; Work Study Research Assistant, 2016-17)

Dustin Raab (PhD candidate, 2013-discontinued), 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. [Current position: Aquatic Science Biologist, Fisheries & Oceans Canada]

Anna Potapova (Research Assistant 2017-18; McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2016) [Current position: Graduate Student, Simon Fraser University]

Andrea Morden (MSc Biology 2016; Research Associate, Microplastics project, 2016-17)
Thesis title: The northern range expansion of the invasive subtropical bivalve Corbicula fluminea (the Asian clam). [Current position: Senior Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Officer, Fisheries & Oceans Canada]

Antonina Scheer (BSc Honours, Environment, 2016-17; Lab Manager, 2018) [Current position: Research Assistant, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics]

Laura Molena Gonzalez (NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2017)

Raina Fan (Work Study Research Assistant, 2016; NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2016)

Jelena Grbic (McGill Work Study & QCBS Research Assistant, 2016) [Current position: Environmental Scientist, Tetra Tech]

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

Josie Iacarella (PhD Biology 2015, Tomlinson Doctoral Fellow)
Thesis title: Variation in the impacts of invasive alien species. [Current position: Research Scientist, Fisheries & Oceans Canada]

Rachael Ryan (BSc Honours, Biology, 2016; Ricciardi Lab manager, 2017) [Current position: Graduate student, University of Berkeley]

Valeriya Sokolenko (BSc Honours 2016, Environment) [Current position: Planning Associate (Urban Planning), R.E. Millward & Associates]

Jonathan Fischer-Rush (BSc Independent Study 2016, Biology) [Current position: Technician, University of New Brunswick]

Bianca Brusco (BSc Independent Study 2016, Biology) [Current position: Data Scientist, Bloomberg LP]

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: Senior Sales Consultant, Medtronic]

Lowine Hill (McGill Work Study Student, 2015)
[Current position: PhD student, University for Waterloo]

Liam Jasperse-Sjolander (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2014)
[Current position: Research Associate, Duke University]

Jean-Michel Matte (NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2014)
[Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Concordia University]

Sandrine Vigneron (NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 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: PhD candidate, Dalhousie University]

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: Species at Risk Recovery Planner, Fisheries & Oceans Canada; formerly 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: Postdoctoral Fellow, Carleton University]

Phoebe Mankiewicz (BSc Independent Study, Biology, 2014)
Project title: Impacts of invasive species along gradients of invasion history.
[Current position: PhD candidate, Yale University]

Malcolm Lord (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2014)

Justin Chisholm (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2014)
[Current position: Silviculture Crew Leader, Spectrum Resource Group Inc.]

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: Postdoctoral Fellow, Great lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences].

Lisa A. Jones (PhD, Biology, 2013)
Thesis title: Predicting aquatic invasion success and impact from species traits.
[Current position: Species Recovery Planner, 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: Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia]

Yasmina Remmal (BSc Independent Study, Biology, 2012-13)
Project title: Impacts of the round goby on benthic and planktonic microcrustaceans.

Yinci Yan (McGill Work Study Research Assistant, 2012-13)
[Current position: Data Analyst, ERIS]

Cécile Tang (BSc, Independent Study, Biology, 2012)
Project title: Impact of invasive species on ecosystem services. [Co-supervised with Dr. Elena Bennett] [Subsequent 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 Student Research Award, 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: Planning coordinator, AGIR Maskinongé; Previously: MSc student, Université de Montréal]

Karen Wang (NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 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 Student Research Award, 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.
[Subsequent 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: Digital Water Consultant, Royal HaskoningDHV; Previously: MSc student, 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: Senior 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: Biologist, LKAB, Sweden]

Kathleen Church (MSc, Biology, 2010)
Thesis title: Agonistic interactions between invasive aquatic species.
[Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Windsor]

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 Student Research Award, 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: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts]

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: MSc, University of Hawaii]

Niloufar Bayani (NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 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.]

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: Regulatory Manager, Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board, N.W.T]

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; co-founder of Cities4Forests]

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 Student Research Award, 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, Biddeford Middle School STEM Academy]

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, University of Eastern Finland]

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: ‎Conservation Program Analyst, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service]

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: Anesthesiologist, The Ottawa Hospital]

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]