Dr. Jessica Forreston-bellview-aug-2014-photo-by-mouska-e1513030129912.jpg
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.

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.

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.

Dominic DemersDominic picture
Master’s student since 2017
Office: GNN 353
E-mail: ddeme005 “at”

Dominic Demers is interested in how habitat availability affects native bee populations. His study aims to determine whether cavity-nesting bees are limited by availability of nesting sites on apple orchards around Ottawa.

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?).

Miriam GrenonMiriam_Grenon
Honours student, 2017–18

Miriam is interested in conservation biology and animal sciences. She is curious about the factors that influence pollinators’ and other animals’ distributions, and ways to maintain or improve their biodiversity. She will be studying pollinator communities in eastern Ontario agroecosystems.


Abbie HudsonAbbie Martyn
Honours student, 2017–18

Abbie is new to pollination ecology. She is studying the phenology of wild bee populations in Colorado and learning how their populations are likely to be affected by climate change.



Rebecca JanacekRebecca_Janacek
UROP student, 2017–18

Rebecca is interested in conservation biology and pollination ecology as it pertains to the protection of the environment–and in being exposed to different aspects of biological research.




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

  • Gareth Watt, B.Sc. 2014 – High School Science Teacher (French Immersion) and M.Ed. student at Mount St. Vincent University
  • Sarah Silverman, B.Sc. 2014 (McGill; co-supervised by Chris Buddle) – Ph.D. student at UC Davis
  • Camille Roberge, B.Sc. 2015 (Carleton) – Resource Management Technician for Parks Canada
  • Ramie Qaisar, B.Sc. 2015 – Sales Representative for Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Brett Culbert, UROP student 2014–15 – M.Sc. student with Sigal Balshine at McMaster
  • Adam Groulx, M.Sc. 2015 – applying to Ph.D. programs
  • Charlotte Walinga, M.Sc. 2016 – Industry Analyst, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Sarah Chisholm, B.Sc. 2016 – working at Ottawa farmers’ markets, contemplating grad school
  • Vinko Culjak Mathieu, UROP student 2014 and B.Sc. 2016 – M.Sc. student with Chris Buddle at McGill
  • Stephanie Rivest, B.Sc. 2016 – M.Sc. student in Heather Kharouba‘s lab at uOttawa
  • Thuong (Anna) Tran Nguyen, B.Sc. 2016 – M.Sc. student with Charles Francis and Lenore Fahrig at Carleton University
  • Regan Cross, B.Sc. 2016 – M.Sc. student with Chris Eckert at Queen’s
  • Stephanie Haas, M.Sc. 2016 – Ph.D. student at York U.
  • Katie Baillie-David, B.Sc. 2017 – Guide at Canada Science and Technology Museum
  • Natalie Litwinska, B.Sc. 2017 – not sure…
  • Madison Marshall, B.Sc. 2017 – bringing her knowledge of bee ecology to the Garden Development team at Landscape Plus Ltd.
  • Philippe Tremblay, B.Sc. 2017 – M.Sc. student with Heather Kharouba at uOttawa
  • Jessica Guezen, M.Sc. 2017 – working at Environment and Climate Change Canada