Dr. Jessica Forrest
Assistant Professor since | Professeure adjointe depuis 2013
Office | Bureau : DRO 207
E-mail | Courriel : jforrest “at”
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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.



Jessica Guezenjessica_guezen
Master’s student since 2015
Office: GNN 353
E-mail: jessicaguezen “at”
Website: Ottawa-Gatineau Squash Pollination Study

Jessica Guezen is interested in the effects of native bee diversity on the pollination of agricultural food crops. In particular, she will examine how the diversity of wild bees affects pollen movement and nectar depletion in cultivated pumpkin fields, and how interactions between specialized squash bees and honey bees may be affecting pollination.


Megan McAulayMegan_McAulay
Master’s student since 2015
Office: GNN 353
E-mail: mmcau067 “at”

Megan is interested in the interactions between plants and wild pollinators—specifically, the floral preferences of native solitary bees. She will study the importance of biochemical and more superficial floral cues for pollen collection by specialist (oligolectic) bees.


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.


Katie Baillie-Davidkatie_baillie-david
Honours student, 2016–17

Katie is interested in how native solitary bee foraging is affected by intraspecific and interspecific interactions in agricultural food crops. Specifically, she is studying how these interactions impact squash bee foraging behaviour and movement within pumpkin fields.


Natalie Litwinskanatalie_litwinska
Honours student, 2016–17

Natalie is interested in the processes that drive adaptation, specifically the co-evolution of flowering plants and their pollinators. She will be studying how floral symmetry and orientation interact to influence pollen transfer efficiency. She plans to compare the foraging behaviour of captive bumblebees on radial and bilateral flowers presented in both vertical and horizontal planes.


Madison Marshall madison_marshall
Honours student, 2016–17

Madison is interested in the use of pollen resources by pollinators in the city of Ottawa and the value of Ottawa’s urban green space from the perspective of trap-nesting bees and wasps. She will be analyzing data collected from trap nests placed in a sample of chosen city parks. The results may prove valuable in the development and management of green spaces.


Philippe Tremblayphilippe_tremblay
Honours student, 2016–17
E-mail: ptrem065 “at”

Philippe is interested in ecological patterns and phenology of solitary bees nesting in urban areas. His main project will be to gather descriptive data on bee colonisation of trap nests on the University grounds.



Charlotte Cahillcharlotte_cahill
UROP student, 2016–17

Charlotte is a newcomer to ecology who is interested in learning more about ecological processes as they pertain to bees, and the various aspects of ecological research.





Lab dog since 2010

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


Lab Alumni

  • Gareth Watt, B.Sc. 2014 – currently doing his B.Ed. at Université Sainte-Anne
  • Sarah Silverman, B.Sc. 2014 (McGill; co-supervised by Chris Buddle) – now a Ph.D. student at UC Davis
  • Camille Roberge, B.Sc. 2015 (Carleton) – currently a research technician at the University of Alberta
  • Ramie Qaisar, B.Sc. 2015 – currently working as a pharmacy assistant
  • Brett Culbert, UROP student 2014–15 – now a M.Sc. student at McMaster
  • Adam Groulx, M.Sc. 2015 – currently applying to Ph.D. programs
  • Charlotte Walinga, M.Sc. 2016 – now working for Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Sarah Chisholm, B.Sc. 2016 – currently working as a coop student at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Vinko Culjak Mathieu, UROP student 2014 and B.Sc. 2016 – currently applying to grad school
  • Stephanie Rivest, B.Sc. 2016 – now a M.Sc. student in the Kharouba lab at uOttawa
  • Thuong (Anna) Tran Nguyen, B.Sc. 2016 – now working as a Compliance Analyst for Environment Canada
  • Regan Cross, B.Sc. 2016 – currently doing a semester abroad in the U.K.
  • Stephanie Haas, M.Sc. 2016 – starting a Ph.D. at York in Sept. 2017