My research program is primarily in two areas: invasive species and conservation genetics.
I am a member of the Department of Biology at Trent University. I am interested in a wide range of subjects in the general area of molecular ecology. I have, in the past, worked on a range of taxonomic groups including birds, insects, and bryozoans, but at the moment my projects are primarily on invasive aquatic plants (particularly cattails - Typha spp.) and conservation genetics of Ontario endemics. I am also involved in projects that use environmental DNA (eDNA) to locate newly colonized populations of invasive species (water soldier, Stratiotes aloides), or small remnant populations of species at risk (Unionid mussels), and have most recently been collaborating on a project that has used metabarcoding to charcterize aquatic plant communities from eDNA.
I am always interested in discussing potential projects with prospective students and there is scope for students to develop their own complementary research projects within my lab. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to find out more about the work going on in my lab.