2018-2019 academic year
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.
Jianfei Shao (Ph.D. student): Jianfei joined the lab in 2017 and is interested in explaining why and how plant roots have evolved so many different forms and functions. He is testing hypotheses about the causes of variation in root morphology, including the roles of potential mechanisms such as interactions with mycorrhizal fungi, integration with leaf traits, and variation in soil nutrient and water availability. Jianfei completed B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Manitoba prior to joining the lab.
Kevin MacColl (Ph.D. student): Kevin joined the lab in 2018 and is interested in understanding how nutrient inputs influence the structure of mycorrhizal communities, and how changes in mycorrhizal composition and function influence plant communities and ecosystem services. His work will involve collaboration with the University of Guelph’s ‘Food from Thought’ research program. Kevin completed B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at Wilfred Laurier University prior to joining the lab.
Kelsey Hicks (M.Sc. student): Kelsey joined the lab in 2017 and is interested in how mycorrhizal fungi influence mechanisms of species co-existence in plant communities. She is working to understand how mycorrhizae influence competitive interactions between plant species that differ in the degree to which they benefit from interactions with mycorrhizal fungi. Kelsey completed a B.Sc. at Laurentian University prior to joining the lab.