Title: “Metacommunity dynamics and community assembly of restored tallgrass prairie.”

Researcher: Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Eric Harvey and Stefan Schneider, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph Summary: Tallgrass prairie remnants are usually isolated and small in size and therefore prone to invasive species. The successful restoration of tallgrass prairies will ultimately depend on constructing remnant areas that are self-sustaining and capable of resisting invasion and […]

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Title: “Explaining male mate choice in Odonata”

Researcher: Jennette Fox, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Sherratt, Department of Biology, Carleton University Summary Jennette is interested in the mating preferences of wild damselflies (Odonata), more specifically do males have specific mate choices, are there subsets of males that have different mating behaviour, are there reasons for some male unresponsiveness and are there differences […]

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Title: “Does shear stress determine suitable habitat for juvenile freshwater mussels?”

Researcher: Sarah Glover, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Josef Ackerman, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph Summary The endangered wavyrayed lampmussel lives in the waters of the Speed and Grand Rivers adjacent to rare. Sarah is interested in the behaviour of juvenile population of this species, specifically how changes in stream flow shear stress affects […]

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Title: “Determining the timespan and ecological conditions necessary for afforested environments to support older-growth understorey communities”

Researcher: Dr. Paul Richardson, Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation and the University of Waterloo Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation Summary Landscapes are often restored through the implement of tree planting programs.  There is often little monitoring of the success of these plantation sites over time.  Paul is interested in predicting the timeline over which tree […]

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Title: “Female-based predation and its impact on sexually dimorphic behaviour and morphology”

Researcher: Kyla Ercit, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Darryl Gwynne, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto at Mississauga Summary Tree cricket males sing to attract females by rubbing together specialized structures on their wings. The predatory wasp Isodontia Mexicana hunts crickets, paralyzes them with a sting, and carries them back to their nest […]

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Title: “Butterflies as an indicator of restoration success at Washington Creek”

Researcher: Charlotte Moore, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Murphy, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo Summary The riparian zone of Washington Creek in Waterloo Region is being restored to provide resilience and biodiversity to the plant community.  Determining the success of restoration projects like these however is difficult.  Monitoring populations of butterflies […]

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Title: “Ecological restoration of meadows in an urban environment”

Researcher: Martin Kastner, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Murphy, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo Summary Meadows are often transitional habitats but are important habitats for many species of wildflowers, birds and pollinating insects which is a compelling argument towards their maintenance, protection and restoration. Martin is looking at how best to […]

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Title: “Genetic diversity of Ontario ferns”

Researcher(s): Jillian Bainard, Thomas Henry and Dr. Steven Newmaster, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph Summary These researchers are heading an research initiative known as the “Ontario Fern Diversity” project which began in 2010.  The goal of this project is to understand the genetic diversity of ferns since less than 1% of the ferns […]

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Title: “Development of spatio-temporally explicit pollination connectance webs along a successional gradient”

Researcher: Dr. Tom Woodcock, Canadian Pollinator Initiative, University of Guelph Summary Tom is interested in quantifying the services that pollinators (i.e. bees, flies, butterflies) provide to our ecosystems.  Pollinators are essential to the functioning of all terrestrial ecosystems.  He will do this by establishing ‘connectance webs’ for his three field sites at rare; all former […]

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Title: “Floral interactions and the role of pollination-niche traits in the assembly of spring ephemeral communities

Researcher: Stefan Weber, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Christina Caruso, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph Summary Stefan is interested in the nature of spring wildflower communities and more specifically he has hypothesized that the assembly of these communities is controlled by pollinators (i.e. bees. flies, butterflies etc.). His main objective is to interpret the […]

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