People

Dr. Jessica Forrest
Assistant Professor since | Professeure adjointe depuis 2013
Office | Bureau : DRO 207
E-mail | Courriel : jforrest “at” uottawa.ca
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” gmail.com
Website: https://emilyjausten.wordpress.com/

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” uottawa.ca
Website: http://shangyaolin.wix.com/shangyaolin

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” mail.mcgill.ca

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” gmail.com
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” uottawa.ca

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” gmail.com

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” uottawa.ca

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.

Miriam Grenon
Honours student, 2017–18

Photo and bio coming soon.

Abbie MartynAbbie Martyn
Honours student, 2017–18

Abbie is new to pollination ecology and isn’t yet sure what her honours project will be. She is most interested in studying the phenology of wild bee populations and learning how their phenology is likely to be affected by climate change.

 

Charlotte Cahillcharlotte_cahill
UROP student and summer field assistant, 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.

 

 

 

RoscoeRoscoe_at_field_site
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 – B.Ed. student at Université Sainte-Anne
  • 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 – working as a pharmacy assistant
  • 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 – Administrative Assistant to the Director (Horticulture and Cross-Sectoral Division), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Sarah Chisholm, B.Sc. 2016 – working as a coop student at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Vinko Culjak Mathieu, UROP student 2014 and B.Sc. 2016 – starting an M.Sc. with Chris Buddle at McGill in Sept. 2017
  • Stephanie Rivest, B.Sc. 2016 – M.Sc. student in Heather Kharouba’s lab at uOttawa
  • Thuong (Anna) Tran Nguyen, B.Sc. 2016 – working as a Compliance Analyst for Environment Canada
  • Regan Cross, B.Sc. 2016 – starting her M.Sc. with Chris Eckert at Queen’s in 2017
  • Stephanie Haas, M.Sc. 2016 – starting a Ph.D. at York in Sept. 2017
  • Katie Baillie-David, B.Sc. 2017 – helping out with carnivore research in Malawi!
  • Natalie Litwinska, B.Sc. 2017 – not sure…
  • Madison Marshall, B.Sc. 2017 – not sure…
  • Philippe Tremblay, B.Sc. 2017 – starting his M.Sc. with Heather Kharouba at uOttawa in Sept. 2017