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EEB Retreat in Dinosaur Park (Sept 2016): from left to right - Tegan, Sean, Sara, Danielle, Brenna, Jori and Teresa


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Dr. Sean M. Rogers 

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Calgary 

Associate Editor, Molecular Ecology 

Associate Editor, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B

Associate Editor, PeerJ

My research program focuses on the genetics of adaptation to environmental change in fishes. I currently teach first year biology (DNA to Diversity), Evolution, Molecular Ecology, and a field course in marine fishes at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

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PhD Students

Sara Smith

Sara Smith (2014 - present) 

Sara first worked with Sean at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in Bamfield, BC researching the homing behaviour and site fidelity of tidepool sculpins while completing her BSc. She is very excited to be working on the genetic basis of behaviour and thermal preference in both marine and freshwater populations of threespine stickleback along the West coast in collaboration with the Barrett lab at McGill University. Sara is co-supervised with Dr. Rowan Barrett



Tegan

Tegan Barry (PhD student, 2015 - present) 

The integrated nature of form and function dictates that phenotypes often vary in relation to local ecological factors. Tegan is interested in the development and evolution of phenotypic variation in threespine stickleback from Pender Harbour, BC. Tegan using three-dimensional computed microtomography imaging, morphometric tools and QTL mapping. Tegan is co-supervised with Dr. H. Jamniczky


Danielle Clake  (PhD student, 2016 - present) 

Danielle is interested in how landscape and climate affect wild pollinators in natural and managed landscapes, and how this may contribute to pollinator decline in bumblebees. She will integrate an ecological genomics approach with landscape data to test these questions. 

Danielle is co-supervised with Dr. Paul Galpern



MSc Students

Jori

Jori Harrison (2015 - present) 

Jori’s joined the lab following work as an environmental research scientist with Matrix Solutions in Calgary. Her objective is to develop an environmental DNA assay capable of detecting and estimating abundance of Alberta fishes. Jori’s experiments are taking place in the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) naturalized experimental research streams 



1474597933070[2]Teresa Tufts (2016 - present) 

The arctic is warming more than twice as quickly as the rest of the world and is particularly fast in lakes where, in most cases, they are warming more quickly than air temperatures. Teresa is interested in the influence of water temperature on the thermal tolerance and habitat preference of ninespine stickleback from northern and southern parts of their distribution, an organism that will be directly impacted by climate change in a region of the world that is most vulnerable it. 



Brenna Stanford (2016 - present) 

What are the consequences of habitat fragmentation on the evolution of adaptive population divergence in the Banff Springs Snail? Brenna worked with Parks Canada in the summer of 2016 and, in addition to her field work expertise, brings her background as a biochemist to this project that will examine several populations and species of hot spring physids to better understand this small mollusc listed under the Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA).



BSc Students

Desiree Toews (2017 - present) 

Des is studying thermal preference in threespine stickleback with Sara Smith using a shuttlebox experimental design as part of a directed study project (ECOL507). She is also helping us with daily fish husbandry in our LESARC fish lab!






Alumni:

Alex Pistore (2014 - present) 

Although there is a clear relationship between development and phenotype, the role of developmental mechanisms in the patterning of phenotypic variation and the degree to which development facilitates or constrains evolutionary processes is poorly understood. Alex is using a common garden experimental design to test predictions associated with morphological maturation by characterizing skeletal phenotypic variation between populations at various stages of growth. I co-supervise Alex in Health Science with Dr. H. Jamniczky. Alex recently started medicine at the University of Calgary and is on leave from her MSc (expecting to defend in 2017)

Matthew Morris (PhD student, 2012 - present) 

Matthew's MSc research in my lab was on the genetics of phenotypic plasticity for thermal tolerance in threespine stickleback. He was an NSERC Vanier and Killam PhD Scholar interested in the ecological and molecular mechansism that allow organisms to cope with environmental change, focusing on threespine stickeback populations along the eastern Pacific Ocean from Alaska to southern California to address these questions. Matthew will be on leave to start his new role as an Assistant Professor at Ambrose College in August (expected to defend May 2017).

Brandon Allen (2013 - present) 

Brandon began work in my lab as a research associate in the summer of 2012, continuing his research on population structure of fathead minnows in the fall of 2012. After completing his degree and working as a CFI technician in the summer of 2013, he now studies the population genomic consequences of recreational fishing in Albertan Walleye populations for his MSc. Working with AESRD, Brandon will investigate phenotypic and genetic changes that have occurred in fisheries with different adaptive management strategies since the 1960’s. Brandon has been hired as a full-time Applied Ecologist by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute.

Ella Bowles (PhD student, 2010 - present) 

Ella is interested in the population genetic consequences of environmental change. She is studying these questions in threespine stickleback populations that have colonized a series of lakes in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Ella has started a PDF in Dylan Fraser’s Lab in June 2016

Taylor MacLeod (ECOL507, Fall 2015)

Taylor conducted a common environment experiment to elucidate the genetic basis of covariance in temperature tolerance and shoaling behaviour as a directed study in my Bamfield aquatic facility.  Taylor was awarded a Dick and Leona Peter BMSC Residential Bursary to conduct her directed research project. Taylor completedan exchange program in Australia and is a BSc student at UofC

Stevi Vanderzwan (MSc, 2011 - 2015) 

Stevi began work in my lab as a directed studies student using DNA to identify mule and whitetail deer in Kananaskis. She was then our lab manager in 2010 and 2011 before starting her MSc in the fall of 2011. Stevi is now studying adaptive peak shifts in Alaskan populations of threespine stickleback to investigate how time and ecological conditions have influenced the current form of this species.  She worked with Parks Canada, was an Instructor at Mount Royal University, a research technician at the Grasslands Zoo in Saskatchewan, and now working in the Veterinary Genetics Lab of Dr. Ben Sacks at the University of California, Davis.

Calley Wasser (BMSC Directed Study, 2015)

Calley did a BMSC directed studies with me in the summer of 2015, working with Sara Smith on questions surrounding temperature and thermal preference in threespine stickleback. Calley did a great job advancing our experimental set up to be able to further test these questions in the lab. Calley is currently an intern at the Smithsonian.

Lauren McLachlan (BSc Honours, 2014-2015)

Lauren conducted an independent research project on Walleye in the Red Deer River to determine if fish that predominantly return to a single tributary to spawn are breeding randomly - looks like they do! This work was conducted with AESRD. 

Faizan Malik (BSc Independent Studies, 2014-2015)

Faizan has been volunteering in the fish lab since 2013. He conducted an independent research project on Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout to test the question of whether Yellowstone exhibit hybridization with the endangered Westslope Cutthroat Trout. This research was conducted with Parks Canada.

Dr. Janneke Wit (2013 - 2015) 

Janneke explored population genomic approaches to identify mutations that confer drug resistance in parasitic nematodes.  Janneke was funded by the University of Calgary Eyes High Program. Janneke is a PDF in John Gilleard’s Lab in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Haley Tunna (2011 - 2014) 

Haley was a research associate in the Rogers lab from 2010 to 2011. Haley then did her MSc on the population genetic consequences of pollutants in freshwater fishes using the charismatic longnose dace. Haley was co-supervised with Dr. Lee Jackson.

Dr. Qiqun Cheng (2013-2014)

Qiqun is a professor at the East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute in Shanghai, China. He was awarded a scholarship under the State Scholarship Fund of China Scholarship Council to pursue study in Canada as a visiting scholar for one year. Qiqun worked on maintenance of adaptive genetic variation on brook stickleback during his sabbatical.

Romain Richard (2008 - 2014) 

Romain studied how organisms respond to environmental fluctuations, with an emphasis on consumer-resource systems. Romain used an integrative framework to test how ecological and evolutionary responses of natural populations emerge from both mechanistic responses at the individual and population level with a Daphnia-algae systems. Romain was co-supervised by Dr. Ed McCauley and is now a post-doc at the « Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte » (IRBI) at the University of Tours, France with Prof. J. Casas.

Becky Johnston (2012-2014)

Becky worked with Ella Bowles and assisting part-time in the husbandry of our stickleback, including many many weekends and holidays. She is also a drum major for the World Champion Calgary Stampede Showband. You can hear her describe the experience on CBC radio here. Becky has been working full-time with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Africa. 

Meghan Anderson (BSc Honours, 2013-2014) 

The greatest threats to the Westslope Cutthroat Trout include the introduction of non-native species that may lead to displacement, and/or hybridization of native Westslope populations. Meghan worked on the role of genetic background, finding that it influenced hybridization between the Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Rainbow Trout. Meghan won “Best ECOL talk" for this work. Meghan is currently a water quality technologist with Alberta Environment and Parks.

Rebecca Kaufman (BSc Independent Studies, 2013-2014) 

Marine threespine stickleback along the Pacific coast of North America are hypothesized to constitute one panmictic, genetically homogenous population. Rebecca was interested in the cause of differential phenotypes within this population and the role of genetic variation or phenotypic plasticity. Rebecca quantified standing genetic variation in the low-plated Eda allele, finding significant variation in the marine environment.

Nissa Petterson (BSc Independent Studies, 2013-2014) 

The Banff Sprinfs Snail is currently protected under the Species at Risk Act and is endangered due to extremely small extent of occurrence (0.177 km2) and area of occupancy (595 m2) in fragmented habitat. The increased frequency of thermal spring drying, in conjunction with its limited distribution and population fluctuations, puts this species at greater risk for inbreeding, loss of adaptive trait variation, and extinction. In collaboration with Parks Canada and Dr. D. Lepitzki, Nissa studied the population structure of the snails in Banff National Park. 

Florence Chan (BSc Independent Studies, 2013-2014) 

Florence is studying the impact of urbanization on the genetic variability of coyotes (Canis latrans) in Calgary, and discovered that anthropogenic barriers do not result in population substructure by limiting the exchange of genes across barriers. This study contributes to the ongoing Calgary Urban Coyote Project led by Dr. Alessandro Massolo, and will provide an overview on the genetic variation present in the coyote population in Calgary. Florence is a medical student at Jagiellonian University, Poland.

Stacy Muise (NSERC USRA 2012-2013, Research Associate 2012 - 2013)

Stacy joined the lab in 2012 as an NSERC USRA student. She developed genetic markers for the Banff Springs Snail and continued to work part-time as a research associate conducting sequencing for different labs. In 2013, Stacy was awarded another NSERC USRA to work on next generation sequencing of human gut microbial communities. She continues this research part-time while completing her BSc in the Natural Science Program. In 2016, she completed her MSc with Doug Boreham at McMaster University.

Katy Petrovitch (BSc, 2013) 

Katy completed a Directed Studies (Zoology 507) co-supervised by H. Jamniczky. Her research addressed the question of whether vertebrae numbers from marine threespine stickleback sampled along a latitudinal cline reflect Jordan's Rule? Katy is currently enrolled as a medical student at the University of Calgary.

Nafis Anam (BSc, 2013) 

Nafis completed a Directed Studies in my lab (Ecology 507) on the morphological and dietary differences within an Alaskan threespine stickleback population, quantifying differences in gill raker morphology. He is currently taking a field course on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Michael Yiming Zhu (PURE recipient, BSc, 2013) 

Michael was a 2013 recipient of the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) award to conduct summer research in the lab. Michael worked in the field, the molecular lab, and the fish lab to explore the maintenance of pelvic girdle polymporphisms in brook stickleback. Michael is currently in his fourth year of his BSc.

Patrick Piekarski (BSc Honours, 2013) 

Patrick's Zoology 530 was titled, Monophyly of the eusocial wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae): molecules and morphology tell opposing histories. Patrick sequenced several wasps and constructed phylogenies from the simultaneous analysis of phenotypic (including behavioural) and molecular data (CO1, 28S, 16S, 12S) for 74 taxa. Patrick is currently doing his Msc at the University of Manitoba.

Liam Brinston (BSc, 2013) 

Liam completed a directed studies with me at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Liam conducted an experiment to thermal preference in marine threespined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Liam recently graduated from UofA and is employed as an aquatic technician at a local fish store.

Romain Chaput (BSc, 2013) 

Romain completed a directed study (Ecology 507) co-supervised with Heather Jamniczky in the spring of 2013. Romain studied whether morphological phenotypes measured with CT scans perform better than traditional methods in QTL mapping. Romain is currently an MSc student Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, Paris, France.

Ruchika Sharma (BSc, 2013) 

Ruchika completed a directed study (Ecology 507) co-supervised with Heather Jamniczky on the evolution of modularity in threespine stickleback exploring cranial morphology with CT scans. Ruchika is currently completing her BSc degree. 

Jobran Chebib (BSc 2009, PURE recipient, MSc, 2010-2013) 

Jobran's began as a PURE student in the summer of 2009, and completed a directed study in my lab in the fall of 2009. His MSc thesis was on Fisheries Induced evolution in Lesser Slave Lake Whitefish. His research was partially funded through a grant from the Alberta Conservation Association. Jobran is currently a PhD student in Switzerland with Fred Guillaume.

Dr. Jon Mee (PDF, 2012-2013)

Jon studied the association between the genes underlying adaptive divergence and reproductive isolation in two pairs of freshwater fish species that hybridize in the Kananaskis region in Alberta, and worked on industrial impacts of whitefish in Lake Huron. Jon completed a PDF with John Post and Sam Yeaman at the University of Calgary and is now an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University.

Stefan Dennenmoser (PhD, 2009-2013)

Stefan's thesis studyied phylogeography and local adaptation in prickly sculpin (Cottus asper). He has recently returned to Germany to pursue postdoctoral opportunities. His research was partially funded through a grant from the Alberta Conservation Association. Stefan is a PDF in Arne Nolte’s lab at the MPI in Germany. 


Cory Kremer (BSc Honours 2010-2011, MSc, 2010-2013)

Cory first did an Honours project with me in 2010-2011 on the population genetics of brook stickleback. This project expanded into his MSc thesis on the landcape genetics of brook stickleback, co-supervised with Steve Vamosi. He is currently an environmental scientist and project manager at Stantec in Calgary. His research was partially funded through a grant from the Alberta Conservation Association.

Dr. Erica Crispo (PDF, 2012-2013)

Erica studied the genetic origins of a putatively invasive population of threespine stickleback in Alberta. Her research was partially funded through a grant she obtained from the Alberta Conservation Association. She is now an Assistant professor at Pace University in New York.

Nellie Yee (Research Associate, 2011-2013)

Nellie googled us after moving to Calgary from New York City, where she worked as a DNA forensics lab technician in homocide unit. Nellie was interested in applying her skills in a ligher setting, ideally contributing to conservation. Nellie is now a full time lab technician in the Faculty of Medicine.

Jamie McEwen (MSc, 2010-2012)

Jamie began as a directed studies student in my lab in 2009, working rapid isolation and cross-amplification of microsatellite markers in Plectritis congesta with 454 sequencing, before transitioning briefly to our lab manager in 2010. Jamie's MSc thesis explored the population genetic consequences of adaptation to alpine environments in Anemone multifida. His research was partially funded through a grant he obtained from the Alberta Conservation Association. Jamie is now in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Jonathan Lowey (PURE recipient 2012, BSc Honours, 2012-2013)

Jono was a recipient of the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience and worked in the summer of 2012 collecting fish in Alaska, BC, and Alberta. After honing his field and lab techniques, he continued his honours on the maintenance of pelvic girdle polymorphisms in brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans). Jono found that pelvic girdle polymorphisms either remained stable, varied significantly, or became fixed in samples over 50 years less than half a century. Jonathon returned to his home in the Yukon to pursue emplyment in the environmental sciences.

Nick Pink (BSc Honours, 2012-2013)

In collaboration with Parks Canada and Dr. D. Lepitzki, Nick's honours project developed a non-invasive sampling technique to isolate DNA from the Banff Springs Snail. Nick determined sufficient DNA was obtained to amplify microsatellite loci to study the population structure of the snails in Banff National Park. Nick is currently working as an environmental scientist for TransCanada.

Jase Skelton (BSc 2012)

Jase's Zoology 507 was on the Genetics of Craniofacial Bone Morphology in Stickleback. Jase was co-supervised by Heather Jamniczky and was our first student to do a QTL analysis using MicroCT scans. Jase is currently a Veterinary Medicine student at the University of Calgary.

Sara Stephenson (USRA, 2011)

Sara worked on the genetics of bats with the Barclay Lab and assisted Jobran Chebib with the lake whitefish genetics.

Katelyn Shortt (Aquatic Lab Tech, 2010-2011)

Katelyn worked with our lab as an aquatic technician, helping with the care and feeding of our fishes. She was accepted to take part in two internships: at the Mountain View Conservation Centre in Fort Langley and the Vancouver Aquarium. 

Kenneth Urquhart (NSERC USRA, 2011)

In addition to maintaining our fish lab, Kenneth worked with Haley Tunna to sample dace and with Erica Crispo to determine whether populations exhibited genetic associations to pollutants. Kenneth is currently a dentistry student at UofT.

Andrew Rezansoff (USRA, 2010, BSc Honours 2010-2011)

Andrew worked on the genetic origins of a putatively invasive population of threespine stickleback in Alberta, and is preparing a manuscript with Erica Crispo on his work. He is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Kelly Carscadden (USRA, 2011)

Kelly worked on a contract for Golder Inc to study Westslope Cutthroat Trout genetics, and also worked on the genetics of Vireo warblers in Alberta. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto.

Tasha Hansen (USRA, 2011)

Tasha sampled brook stickleback all over Alberta before moving into the lab to conduct DNA analyses. Tasha recently completed her BSc and Education degrees at the University of Calgary and works at Telus Spark Science Centre.

Elizabeth Wilson (USRA 2010, BSc Honours 2010-2011)

Beth worked on rainbow trout that had been stocked into Dr. John Post's experimental ponds, characterizing putatively adaptive QTL and neutral microsatellites to investigate whether demographic and/or selective forces have changed the genetic composition of two rainbow trout strains at genetic markers following a colonization event. 

Wajeeha Sattar (BSc 2010)

Wajeeha's independent research project (Ecology 528) studied the evolutionary consequences of drug metabolism in parasitic nematodes. Wajeeha is currently completing her Masters of Biomedical Technology in Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.

Omar Khan (BSc 2010)

Omar's directed study (Ecology 507) analyzed  recent positive selection on genes linked to various mental and nervous system health disorders based on phase I and II HapMap haplotype data. Omar found evidence that schizophrenia-linked genes show evidence of recent selection in higher proportions than control neuronal activity genes, and show that this effect does not extend to autism, epilepsy with febrile seizures, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Khan is currently a resident Foothills Hospital at the University of Calgary.