Current areas of research conducted by my research group focus on:
- Ecology, evolution and population genetics of ixodid ticks (Dermacentor & Ixodes) and other ectoparasites
- Examination of the bacteria (pathogens & endosymbionts) of ixodid ticks and other ectoparasites (fleas & bedbugs)
Examples of Research Projects
- Examination of the mitochondrial genomes of ixodid ticks
- Population genetics of ectoparasitic fleas on Richardson's ground squirrels
- Population genetics of black-tailed prairie dogs and their parasitic fleas
- Comparison of the mitochondrial genomes of parasitic fleas
- Bacterial diversity of bedbugs
- Genetic variation in bedbugs
- Genetic diversity of Francisella-like endosymbionts in ixodid ticks
- Bacterial diversity of parasitic and non-parasitic arthropods
- Molecular identification of corixids and their parasitic mites
Graduate student enquiries
I will consider applications from qualified students to conduct graduate research in my lab; however, opportunities are limited by available funding. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
Applicants wishing to conduct PhD research in my lab must have relevant MSc ressearch experience in parasitology or entomology.
Please E-mail me [email@example.com] the following documents:
1. a short statement of your specific interests in relation to the research conducted by my research group
2. a CV, including the names and contact details of at least 2 referees.
3. copies of all official academic transcripts and other relevant information.
Undergraduate student research experience opportunities (BIOL 481.6 & MCIM 491.6)I am seeking undergraduate students (3rd or 4th year) who are enrolled at the U of S to conduct studies on ectoparasites, parasitic nematodes, or bacteria of invertebrates [see requirements for BIOL 481.6 or MCIM 491.6]. Students must have a GPA of >70% in their major (BIOLOGY or MICROBIOLOGY). Interested students should make an appointment to see me.
Undergraduate student summer research opportunities
There may be opportunities for summer work for undergraduate students (subject to available funding), particularly those interested in pursuing graduate research in my group at a latter date. Interested students should make an appointment to see me.
Those students who wish to apply for a NSERC USRA to work in my lab over the summer must have a GPA of >82% and meet with me prior to the deadline for applications (usually December).