Current Lab Members

James Franklin, Mackie Lauermeier and Mara McHaffie on a soil collecting trip at the University of Guelph Arboretum

2016-2017 academic year

James Franklin (M.Sc. student): James joined the lab in 2015 and is studying the tri-partite symbiosis between plants, mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobium bacteria. Prior to joining the lab, James completed his B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Victoria.

Mackie Lauermeier (M.Sc. student): Mackie joined the lab in 2015 and is studying whether plant responses to mycorrhizal fungi are influenced by the prevailing temperature environment. Prior to joining the lab, Mackie completed her B.Sc. in Forestry from the University of British Columbia.

Evan Pacey (Ph.D. student): Evan joined the lab in 2014 and is interested in how genome duplication influences the structure and function of plant cells. His work is testing hypotheses about how genome duplication induced increases in cell volume influence the ability of cells and plants to store nutrients and water. Evan is co-advised by Dr. Brian Husband, and completed B.Sc. at the University of Western Ontario and a M.Sc. at McMaster University prior to joining the lab.

Kendra Hockey (4th project student): Kendra joined the lab as a work study student in Fall 2016, and in 2017, she’ll be working on a 4th year independent project. She aims to study whether plant growth response to mycorrhizal fungi is associated with the intensity of fungal colonization of roots.

Mara McHaffie (4th year undergraduate thesis student): Mara was awarded a prestigious Stephen and Henrietta Stobie Undergraduate Summer Research Assistantship to work with us during the summer of 2016. For her undergraduate thesis, Mara has been studying how soil fungi and soil pathogens influence the relative strength of intra- and inter-specific competition in plants.

Josh Persi (4th year undergraduate thesis student): Josh was awarded an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) to work with us during the summer of 2016. For his undergraduate thesis, Josh has been studying how mycorrhizal fungi influence root growth and root architecture.