Dr. Jessica Forreston-bellview-aug-2014-photo-by-mouska-e1513030129912.jpg
Associate Professor | Professeure agrégée
Office | Bureau : DRO 207
E-mail | Courriel : jforrest “at”
Vous pouvez me contacter en français ou en anglais.

I am interested in the causes and consequences of variation in species’ life histories and seasonal phenologies—particularly as these traits relate to species interactions. A primary application of my research is in understanding ways that climate change and other forms of global change affect pollinators (especially native solitary bees) and pollination. My work so far has focused mainly on bees and plants in natural habitats, but I am also interested in how better knowledge of native bee ecology can benefit agriculture.

Dr. Emily AustenEmily_Austen
Post-doc since 2015
Office: GNN 353
E-mail: austen.emily “at”

Being immobile, plants rely on subtle variation among and within individuals to cope with an ever-changing environment. Emily’s research examines the origins, maintenance, and consequences of this diversity. In the Forrest lab, she’s exploring the functional significance of pollen colour variation in genus Erythronium, and architectural variation in genus Solidago.

Shang-Yao Peter Lin Peter_photo_by_B_Hennigar
Doctoral student since 2014
Office: GNN 353
E-mail: slin041 “at”

Peter is interested in the spatial and temporal variation in interspecies interactions and how that variation influences reproductive success and evolutionary transitions in the interacting species.  He is currently studying the role of pollinators in correlated evolution between flowering phenology and floral morphology in the genus Mertensia (Boraginaceae).

Gail MacInnis gail_macinnis
Doctoral student, co-supervised by Prof. Chris Buddle (McGill), since 2015
E-mail: gail.macinnis “at”

Gail is interested in how bee diversity affects the yield and quality of agricultural food crops. She is studying pollen deposition and foraging behaviour of wild and managed bees and their efficiency as pollinators of commercial and organic strawberry crops.

Cécile AntoineCecile
Doctoral student since 2017
Office: GNN 353
E-mail: cecile.antoine.31 “at”

Cécile is interested in the factors that limit populations of wild bees and hence the pollination service provided by these bees, in an agricultural environment. She is working more specifically on populations of solitary ground-nesting bees in the margins of farms fields that differ in farm management.

José Manuel Sevenello Montagnermanuel_sevenello
Master’s student since 2016
Office: GNN 353
E-mail: manu7ello “at”

Manuel is interested in how environmental factors influence the phenology and reproductive success of native wildflowers and pollinators. In his MSc research, he will determine whether changes in plant and/or pollinator phenology have implications for the future of plant-pollinator interactions in eastern hardwood forests.

Gabriel GauthierGabriel_Gauthier
Master’s student since 2017
Office: GNN 353
E-mail: ggaut049 “at”

Gabriel is fascinated by the complexity of ecological communities. He will be examining the indirect effect of temperature on wild bee fitness through plant-pollinator phenological mismatch. To do so, he will be studying high-altitude wildflower and bee communities around the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado. Gabriel likes baby goats, too (but who doesn’t?).

Charlotte CahillCharlotte_Cahill
Honours student, 2018–19

Charlotte is interested in the factors that affect the phenology and fitness of solitary bees in alpine ecosystems. She will examine whether a non-native flower influences bees that specialize on plants in the daisy family (Asteraceae).

Marie-Ève Corbin
Honours student, 2018–19

Photo and bio coming soon!

Genevieve George
Honours student, 2018–19

Photo and bio coming soon!

Lab dog since 2010

Roscoe has been helping keep mammalian herbivores and motorcycles out of our field sites since 2010.

Lab Alumni, and What They Are Doing Now


  • Adam Groulx, M.Sc. 2015 – Research Technician, Forrest lab; applying to Ph.D. programs
  • Charlotte Walinga, M.Sc. 2016 – Industry Analyst, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Stephanie Haas, M.Sc. 2016 – Ph.D. student at York U.
  • Jessica Guezen, M.Sc. 2017 – working at Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Megan McAulay, M.Sc. 2018 – finishing up a few things in the lab; applying for jobs