Biology Graduate Students



AYELIGN MENGESHA ADAL
  PhD student, BIOLOGY

ayeadal@mail.ubc.ca
SCI 372
Internal UBC Phone #: 39211

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Soheil Mahmoud, BIOLOGY
Ayelign AdalBSc Jimma University
MSc Leibniz University of Hanover

RESEARCH: investigating regulation of monoterpene metabolism, and developing genetic diagnostic markers for lavender plants.

DINESH ADHIKARY
  PhD student, BIOLOGY

dinesh.adhikary@ubc.ca
SCI 372
Internal UBC Phone #: 39211

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Michael Deyholos, BIOLOGY
Dinesh AdhikaryBSc Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
MSc Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas

RESEARCH: Grain amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus L.) and flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) are both ancient crops in which scientific and commercial interest has recently been renewed. I am using existing genetic and genomic resources to build new resources and to contribute to our understanding of the biology of these species.

NICOLE BAMBER
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

nicole_bamber@hotmail.com
EME 4133

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Nathan Pelletier, BIOLOGY
Nicole BamberBSc Honours, University of Toronto

RESEARCH: Life cycle analysis of alternative uses of wood chips in orchards and vineyards

MATTHIAS BASS
PhD student, Biology

matthias.bass@ubc.ca
SCI 133

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Lael Parrott, BIOLOGY and Earth & Environmental Sciences 

Matthias BassGerman Diploma, Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern

RESEARCH: Network modeling of the impact of the mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic in BC at a social and ecological level. Assessing and modelling the resilience of landscape-scale social-ecological systems to MPB outbreaks and disturbances in general.

 

MAC CAMPBELL
MSc student, Biology

mac.campbell@ubc.ca
ASC 374
Internal UBC Phone #: 39206

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
John Klironomos, BIOLOGY

Mac CampbellBSc Honours, University of British Columbia Okanagan 

RESEARCH: Evaluating how the secondary metabolites of non-native mustards alter soil fungal communities.

 

BRUNO CARTURAN
PhD student, BIOLOGY

bruno.carturan@ubc.ca
SCI 148

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Lael Parrot, BIOLOGY and Earth & Environmental Sciences 

Bruno CarturanMSc, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO)

MSc, Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieurs de Limoges (ENSIL)

RESEARCH: Study of the relationship between functional diversity, connectivity and resilience of coral reef communities with the use of a model framed with a complex systems science approach

CARMEN CHELICK
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

carmen.chelick@hotmail.com
ASC 333
780.523.7188

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Jason Pither, BIOLOGY
Carmen ChelickBSc (Honours) University of British Columbia Okanagan

RESEARCH: mapping functional and phylogenetic diversity patterns in the Okanagan valley; using beta diversity measures to identify spatial patterns of functional connectivity; using functional species traits to determine how resilient local communities will be to climate change

IAN B COLE
PhD, BIOLOGY

icole@ntbg.org
                       
FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Michael Deyholos, BIOLOGY

ian coleBSc. University of Florida
MSc. University of British Columbia Okanagan


RESEARCH:
exploring the chemistry of inflorescences from Breadfruit, a tropical fruit tree that grows well in many countries plagued by mosquito-vectored diseases, for their ability to repel mosquitos that carry diseases

LUCAS ELLIOT
MSc Student, BIOLOGY

lucas.elliott@ubc.ca
SCI 149
Internal UBC Phone #: 39205
       
FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Michael Russello, BIOLOGY

Lucas ElliotBA, Colorado College

RESEARCH: Using molecular markers to evaluate the hybridization of Sockeye Salmon and Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka) in Lake Skaha.
MEHRBOD ESTAKI
PhD Student, BIOLOGY

mestaki@gmail.com
ASC 355
Internal UBC Phone #: 39207

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Deanna Gibson, BIOLOGY
 Mehrbod EstakiBA (hons), MSc, University of Western Ontario

RESEARCH:
Examining the effects of exercise on intestinal microbiota and their implications in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
RACHEL FIELD
PhD Student, BIOLOGY

rachel.field@ubc.ca
    SCI 133

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Lael Parrot, BIOLOGY

rachel fieldBSc, University of Victoria
MSc, Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Using future scenarios modelling to: determine the best use of land for meeting policy objectives and community goals; identify and evaluate trade-offs between ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, and commodity production; and quantify how much ecosystem resilience is required to sustain the ecosystem services required by a growing population in the Okanagan basin.

TOMAS FILIP
  PhD student, BIOLOGY

tomasf02@mail.ubc.ca
ASC 387
Internal UBC Phone #: 37012

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Phil Barker, BIOLOGY
Tomas FilipMSc University of South Bohemia


RESEARCH:
Study of cellular and molecular mechanism of neuronal remodeling in mammals and Drosophila Melanogaster.

SURYO GANDASASMITA
  PhD student, INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

suryo.gandasasmita@ubc.ca
FIP 226

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Nathan Pelletier, BIOLOGY and MANAGEMENT
Suryo GandasasmitaBSc, Institut Teknologi Bandung
MSc, Institut Teknologi Bandung
PhD, Université Montpellier II
MAg, Auburn University


RESEARCH:
Development of a sustainable poultry feed formulation decision support tool for Canadian Egg Farmers.

DANIELLE GAUTHIER
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

danielle.gauthier@ubc.ca
SCI 149

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Adam Ford, BIOLOGY
Danielle GauthierBSc Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres

RESEARCH: Enhancing wolf monitoring methods in the Kootenay Region.

TIRHAS MEBRATU GEBRETSADIKAN
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

tirhas.gebretsadikan@ubc.ca
SCI 372
Internal UBC Phone #: 39211

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Melanie Jones and Louise Nelson, BIOLOGY
Tirhas Mebratu GebretsadikanBSc Jimma University
MSc Jimma University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

RESEARCH: Investigating the productivity and fruit quality of sweet cherry using deficit irrigation and orchard floor amendments on newly and previously established orchards in the Okanagan valley.

TJ GOOLIAFF
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

tjgooliaff@hotmail.com
SCI 149
Internal UBC Phone #: 39205

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Karen Hodges, BIOLOGY
TJ GooliaffBSc University of the Fraser Valley

RESEARCH: studying the spatial and temporal variation in bobcat and Canada lynx populations in British Columbia

NATASHA HASKEY
  PhD student, BIOLOGY

natasha.haskey@gmail.com
Office: ASC 374
Internal UBC Phone #: 39206

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Deanna Gibson, BIOLOGY
Natasha HaskeyBSc University of Saskatchewan
MSc University of Saskatchewan

RESEARCH: the effect of diet modification on clinical disease activity, the gut microbiome and immune response in inflammatory bowel disease.

TRISTYN HAY
  PhD student, INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

trysten.hay@ubc.ca
SCI 164
250.807.9550

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Richard Plunkett, BIOLOGY
Tristyn HayMSc University of British Columbia Okanagan

RESEARCH: Assessing the current level of our post secondary students in three core competencies and implement teaching strategies in order to increase these competencies.

TAYLOR HOLLAND
PhD student, BIOLOGY

taylor.holland@ubc.ca 
ASC 374
Internal UBC Phone #: 39206

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
  Miranda Hart, BIOLOGY
Pat Bowen, PARC 

T HollandBSc, Simon Fraser University 
MSc, University of British Columbia Okanagan

RESEARCH: studying grapevine seedling establishment in respect to using rootstock selection and inoculation by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to increase tolerance to pathogens and environmental stress

ALEX JOHNSTON
MSc student, BIOLOGY

alex.johnston@ubc.ca
ASC 355
Internal UBC Phone #: 39207
                       
FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Jason Pither, BIOLOGY

Alex JohnstonBSc, University of British Columbia Okanagan

RESEARCH: Plant functional diversity within the interior Douglas fir forests of British Columbia.

ANGELINA KELLY
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

angelina.kelly907@gmail.com
SCI 124

 

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Karen Hodges, BIOLOGY
Angelina Kelly BSc Montana State University

RESEARCH: Population ecology of small mammals, snowshoe hares, and red squirrels in post-fire and clear-cut landscapes in BC.

BRADLEY KIEVIT
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

bradley.kievit@ubc.ca
ASC 387

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Phil Barker, BIOLOGY
Brad KievitBSc Honours University of Calgary

RESEARCH: Control of the glutamine/glutamate cycle in the central nervous system to modulate neuron firing and excitotoxicity.

VASILEIOS KOKKORIS
PhD student, BIOLOGY

bill.kokkoris@ubc.ca
ASC 374
Internal UBC Phone #: 39206

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Miranda Hart, BIOLOGY

vasileios kokkorisBSc Agricultural University of Athens
MSc Agricultural University of Athens


RESEARCH:
Investigating possible effects of invasive AMF to the surrounding ecosystem. Under which factors they establish, persist and spread and what effect do they have on native plants and soil biota


MELISSA LARRABEE
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

melissa.larrabee@ubc.ca
SCI 372
Internal UBC Phone #: 39211

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Louise Nelson, BIOLOGY
Melissa LarrabeeBSc University of British Columbia Okanagan

RESEARCH: determining biological and epidemiological characteristics of pathogenic fungi isolated from sweet cherry in the Okanagan

SOMESHWAR RAVNIT LATCHMAN
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

ravnit.latchman@hotmail.com
SCI 372
250.494.6384

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Susan Bach and Louise Nelson, BIOLOGY
Ravnit LatchmanBSc (Honours) University of British Columbia Okanagan

RESEARCH: To investigate multi-species biofilms, and evaluate the biofilm formation, and the role of the viable but non culturable state in multi-species biofilms on leafy greens. Furthermore, the multi-species biofilms will be evaluated using confocal microscopy, ddPCR and qPCR.

SULTANA MAJID
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

sultana.majid@ubc.ca
SCI 149
Internal UBC Phone #: 39205

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Adam Ford, BIOLOGY
Sultana MajidBSc University of Calgary 

RESEARCH: Studying the interactive effects of mites and cougars on California bighorn sheep in the south Okanagan Valley; Developing a bighorn sheep connectivity and disease exposure-risk model with spatial ecology.

KRISTEN MANCUSO
  PhD student, BIOLOGY

kmancuso88@gmail.com
SCI 149
Internal UBC Phone #: 39205

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Karen Hodges, BIOLOGY
Christine Bishop, ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE CANADA
Kristen MancusoBSc University of Guelph
MSc Trent University

RESEARCH: examining migration ecology of core and peripheral populations for riparian species that breed in the south Okanagan.

FAYE MANNING
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

fayemanning@alumni.ubc.ca
ASC 355
Internal UBC Phone #: 39207

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Jason Pither, BIOLOGY
Faye ManningBSc (Honours) UBC Okanagan

RESEARCH: Elucidating the role of dispersal and diversity patterns in freshwater diatoms.

GARRETT MCCARTHY
               MSc student, BIOLOGY

gmccarthy3@hotmail.com

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Daniel Durall, BIOLOGY
Vivien Measday, UBC WINE RESEARCH CENTRE 
Garrett McCarthyBSc University of British Columbia Okanagan

RESEARCH: Population genetics of naturally-occurring Saccharomyces uvarum yeast in Okanagan vineyards.

JUSTIN MEEDS
               MSc student, BIOLOGY

justin.meeds@hotmail.ca
SCI 372
Internal UBC Phone #: 39211

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Melanie Jones, BIOLOGY
Justin MeedsBSc University of Victoria

RESEARCH: Ectomycorrhizal community assembly and exoenzyme production in response to an edaphic gradient of phosphorus abundance and form.

SYDNEY MORGAN
 
PhD student, BIOLOGY

sydney-morgan@hotmail.com
SCI 372
Internal UBC Phone #: 39211

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Dan Durall, BIOLOGY

Sydney MorganBSc (Honors) University of British Columbia Okanagan

RESEARCH:
investigate whether the addition of different concentrations of sulphur dioxide at crush will affect the population/community dynamics of wine yeast participating in alcoholic fermentations of Pinot Gris at a Kelowna winery, as well as the subsequent sensory characteristics of these wines

BRIAN T MUSELLE
MSc student, BIOLOGY

btmuselle@gmail.com
   ASC 355
Internal UBC Phone #: 39207

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Jason Pither, BIOLOGY
Howard Thistlewood, AAFC-PARC

brian t muselleBSc (Honours) in Zoology - University of British Columbia, Okanagan


RESEARCH:
the landscape ecology of an impending orchard pest invasion (apple maggot, Rhagoletis pomonella Walsh); using established movement patters of the pest in Washington State in order to predict its movement in the Okanagan via GIS modelling

ELAHEH NAJAFIANASHRAFI
MSc student, BIOLOGY

elaheh.majafianashrafi@ubc.ca
  SCI 372
Internal UBC Phone #: 3911

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Soheil Mahmoud, BIOLOGY

Elaheh NajafianashrafiMSc, University of Tehran


RESEARCH: 
Improving regeneration method for Cannabis sativa L.

ANTREAS POGIATZIS
PhD, BIOLOGY

antreas.pogiatzis@ubc.ca
ASC 374
         Internal UBC Phone #: 39206

FACULTY SUPERVISORS
John Klironomos, BIOLOGY
Pat Bowen, AAFC-PARC

Antreas PogiatzisBSc Agricultural University of Athens
MSc Biology, University of British Columbia - Okanagan

RESEARCH:
examine the effect of root system variability on the plant responsiveness to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Evaluate the reliability of root system as a predictor of the mycorrhizal response

ISADORA LOUISE RIBEIRO QUINTANS
PhD student, BIOLOGY

isadora.quintans@ubc.ca
SCI 372
Internal UBC Phone #: 39211

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Michael Deyholos, BIOLOGY

Quintans 2014BSc Federal University of Paraiba
MSc Federal University of Pernambuco

RESEARCH:
prospection and characterization of antimicrobial peptides in plants

 

LEAH RENSEL
MSc student, BIOLOGY

leahrensel@att.net
SCI 124
Internal UBC Phone #: 37228

FACULTY SUPERVISORS
Karen Hodges, BIOLOGY and
Cori Lausen, Wildlife Conservation Society of Canada

Leah RenselBSc University of British Columbia Okanagan 

RESEARCH: 
Urban bat population research in Vancouver, British Columbia.


 

ANDREW RICHARDS
MSc student, MICROBIOLOGY and AGRICULTURE

arichards@dal.ca
ASC 374
902.452.5099

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Miranda Hart, BIOLOGY

Andrew RichardsB.Sc, Dalhousie University

RESEARCH:
Studying the role of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) as protection against soil borne pathogens in a viticultural system.


 

LUKMAN SARKER
PhD student, BIOLOGY

lukman.sarker@ubc.ca
SCI 372
Internal UBC Phone #: 39211

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Soheil Mahmoud, BIOLOGY

lukman sarkerB.Sc, University of Dhaka
M.Sc, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

RESEARCH:
Investigation of structural and regulatory genes responsible for terpene biosynthesis in Lavandula


 

DANIELLE SCHMIDT
MSc student, BIOLOGY

danielle.schmidt@ubc.ca
FIP 345
Internal UBC Phone #: 78435

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Michael Russello, BIOLOGY

Danielle SchmidtB.Sc, North Carolina State University 

RESEARCH: 
Studying the population genetics of Western Rattlesnakes to help inform conservation management.


 

ALYSSA SMART
MSc student, BIOLOGY

alyssa.smart@ubc.ca
FIP 226

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Nathan Pelletier, BIOLOGY and MANAGEMENT

Alyssa SmartB.Sc, University of British Columbia Okanagan 

RESEARCH: 
Employing life cycle assessment to quantify GHG emissions and energy costs of irrigation in the Okanagan.


 

EMILY SUNTER
MSc student, BIOLOGY

emily.sunter@gmail.com
SCI 149 
Internal UBC Phone #: 39205

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
  Adam Ford, BIOLOGY

Emily Sunter BSc (Honors) University of British Columbia Vancouver

RESEARCH:
Developing a predictive model of human-large carnivore interactions and their outcomes by studying multi-use landscapes in western Canada.

KRISTINE TEICHMAN
            PhD student, BIOLOGY

  kristine.teichman@ubc.ca
            SCI 149
                Internal UBC Phone #: 39205

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FACULTY SUPERVISOR
            Karen Hodges, BIOLOGY 

Kristine Teichman Animal Health Technology, Thompson Rivers University
BSc (Honours; Co-op), Thompson Rivers University
MSc, University of Alberta

RESEARCH:Assess human-induced trophic cascades on farmlands; identify changes in predator diet and movement patterns in response to non-lethal predator control measures; identify key variables that predict caracal kill site selection on farmlands.

CORRINA THOMSEN
               PhD student, BIOLOGY

corrina.thomsen@ubc.ca
ASC 374
Internal UBC Phone #: 39206

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Jason Pither, BIOLOGY
Corrina ThomsenBSc Queen's University
MSc University of British Columbia Okanagan 

RESEARCH: Landscape ecology of mycorrhizal fungi and their interactions with tree ranges.

LOGAN VOLKMANN
  PhD student, BIOLOGY

loganvolkmann@gmail.com
SCI 149
Internal UBC Phone #: 39205

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Karen Hodges, BIOLOGY
Logan VolkmannBS Biology, Western Washington University
BA English, Western Washington University
MSc Biology, Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: investigating the impacts of wildfire on martens (Martes americana) and fishers (M. pennanti) to improve management of fire-prone forests and promote recovery of these ecologically sensitive carnivores on burned landscapes; modeling marten and fisher selection of post-fire habitats using telemetry and snow tracking data; assessing female reproductive success and kit survival in burned areas using remote cameras

ERIC VUKICEVICH
PhD student, BIOLOGY

eric.vukicevich@ubc.ca
ASC 374
250.803.9206

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Miranda Hart, BIOLOGY
Tom Lowery, AAFC-PARC

eric vukicevichBS Wine and Viticulture, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

RESEARCH: Effect of vegetation on soil microbial diversity and functioning in agriculture; cover crop and under vine vegetation management strategies and their influence on soil health and vine performance
CHLOE WRIGHT
  PhD student, BIOLOGY

chloe.wright@ubc.ca
SCI 149
Internal UBC Phone #: 39205

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Adam Ford, BIOLOGY
Chloe WrightBSc University of Florida
MSc University of Montana 

RESEARCH: Mule deer responses to landscape change in southern British Columbia.

JIAYU YE
  PhD student, BIOLOGY

jiayu.ye29@gmail.com
ASC 365
Internal UBC Phone #:39204

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Sanjoy Ghosh, BIOLOGY
Jiayu YeBSc Northwest A&F University, China
MSc Northwest A&F University, China

RESEARCH: the inflammatory crosstalk between gut and heart under high fat diet

SHIVA ZARGAR
  MSc student, BIOLOGY

shiva.zargar@ubc.ca
FIP 226

FACULTY SUPERVISOR
Nathan Pelletier, BIOLOGY and MANAGEMENT 
Shiva ZargarBSc University of Guilan
MSc University of Mohaghegh  

RESEARCH: Life cycle assessment of nitrogen efficiency strategies for the Canadian Egg Industry.


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