Our Team


Dr. Christina Semeniuk

Dr. Christina Semeniuk

Assistant Professor
2013 - Present
semeniuk@uwindsor.ca

The unifying thread driving my research program is a focus on how human disturbance affects adaptive decisions of organisms as they attempt to optimize competing fitness-maximizing goals, and how these resulting tradeoffs ultimately modify the persistence and resilience of wildlife populations. My experience with conservation issues is based on a strong theoretical background in behavioural ecology that is combined with field studies, state-of-the-art quantitative methods such as agent-based modeling and system dynamics modeling, quantitative statistics, econometric models of human behaviour, and GIS applications. I joined the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor in January 2013.


Kevyn Janisse

Kevyn Janisse

Lab Manager
2013 - Present
k.gammie.janisse@gmail.com

Kevyn began as a Research Associate, focusing on the Atlantic salmon study. She assists all members of the lab with their projects, including project development and troubleshooting, software training, and developing video analysis methods. Her background includes using colour spectrophotometry methods and comparative analyses.


Dr. Cody Dey

Dr. Cody Dey

Post-Doctoral Fellow
2015-Present
codyjdey@gmail.com

Cody is co-supervised by Dr. Grant Gilcrest at Environment Canada’s National Wildlife Research Centre. Cody is interested in the movements of Polar bears in the Canadian Arctic. After collecting data in the wild, Cody will use modelling techniques predict habitat usage patterns of this declining species.


Rodrigo Solis

Rodrigo Solis

PhD Candidate
2014-Present

Rodrigo is co-supervised by Dr. Sean Cox, and is based at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Rodrigo’s work examines migration patterns of the Monarch butterfly throughout North America using social-ecological modelling.


Theresa Warriner

Theresa Warriner

MSc Student
2016 - present

Theresa comes from a background of undergraduate research with contaminants and the Round Goby in Sigal Balshine’s lab at McMaster University. To try out something a little different, Theresa will be focusing on the behaviour and physiology of maternal effects on salmon offspring under Human-induced Rapid Environmental Change (HIREC) conditions. Theresa is co-supervised by Dr. Oliver Love.


Patrick Jagielski

Patrick Jagielski

MSc Student
2017 to present

Patrick spent the summer field season in East Bay Island, Nunavut, to get a head start on his Master’s research examining polar bear foraging ecology. He will be co-supervised by Cody Dey, and is excited to be a part of the East Bay team!

 

 


Erica Geldart

Erica Geldart

MSc Student
2018 to present

Erica moved to Windsor from New Brunswick, where she recently completed her undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University. Her Honour’s thesis at Mount Allison investigated the movement patterns of Semipalmated Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers within Eastern New Brunswick. Under the co-supervision of Dr. Christina Semeniuk and  Dr. Oliver Love, Erica’s Master’s research will aim to link behaviour, ecophysiology, and evolutionary ecology in the common Eider, and to study the effects changing environment has on their fitness.


Lida Nguyen-Dang

Lida Nguyen-Dang

Research Associate
2014-Present
nguyen1p@uwindsor.ca

Lida measured behavioural and gene expression differences between established and invasion front populations of the Round goby in the Great Lakes. She completed her genetic work with guidance from her co-supervisor, Dr. Daniel Heath. She is currently in the process of revising and re-submitting her manuscripts, as well as training and assisting Love Lab member Colin Finerty with his genetic expression work in Lake Ontario Chinook salmon. Lida’s work was supported by a CAISN project grant.


Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Research Associate
2016 to present

Ian is a Biology and Biotechnology double major, but has dived in to ImageJ analyes, behavioural analyses for the Jacking project, and will be researching the different conditions behavioural tests are conducted. Ian has spent the last 4 months researching predator and alarm cue training in hatchery-reared fish, and ran a large behavioural experiment with Atlantic salmon.


Chelsea Frank

Chelsea Frank

Volunteer
2016 to present

Chelsea is mastering the many morphometric measurements we take from fish photos from the Jacking project — she’ll use those skills to track how Theresa’s fish change morphometrically as they grow.


Mckenzie Cervini

Mckenzie Cervini

Volunteer
May 2017 to present

Mackenzie started with us over the summer and loves video analysis. She is currently scoring predator response behaviour and recovery of Theresa’s Chinook salmon.


Eric Kuindersma

Eric Kuindersma

Volunteer
2017 to present

Eric is part of the Chinook salmon team helping Theresa complete morphometrics from her multiple time points. After he’s completed measurements for her behaviour fish, he’ll work with Ian to analyze data on the Atlantic salmon predator experiment.


Chelsea Crundwell

Chelsea Crundwell

Volunteer
December 2017 to present

Chelsea is an Environmental Science student and is currently working on the Atlantic salmon predator training experiments, quantifying morphology in imageJ and organizing the large data set.


Emilie Mikhail

Emilie Mikhail

Volunteer
May 2018 to Present

Emilie is completing the final ImageJ measurements to control for shelter area for Theresa’s analyses. She’s eyeing an undergraduate thesis exploring if there are behavioural differences among Atlantic salmon fry that have been reared with or without a predator cue to prime them for a predator-rich enviroment.


Japmeet Kang

Japmeet Kang

Volunteer
June 2018 to Present

Japmeet is completing the final morphometric measurements from the Jacking project. This will help us determine if different feeding regimes during salt water grow-out phase influences jacking rate, size distribution, or overall body shape.


Claire Richter Gorey

Claire Richter Gorey

Volunteer
May 2018 to present

Before starting her Master’s in Jeff Dason’s lab in Biology, Claire is exporting and compiling a large data set that examines environmental enrichment of juvenile Chinook salmon, and learning how to analyze videos in Solomon Coder as part of the data validation process.


Shelby Wright

Shelby Wright

Volunteer
May 2018 to present

Shelby is mastering ImageJ by quantifying the morphometrics of Colin Finerty‘s alevin and fry. When she’s done, Shelby will start analyzing the behaviour of those fry looking for differences in behavioural responses of new stimuli that can be attributed to priming with a stress (cortisol) signal and/or egg rearing temperature.