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.


Kornelia Dobraska

Kornelia Dobraska

Post-Doctoral Fellow
2015 - Present

Kora is co-supervised by Len Hunt and is based at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Her interests lie in socio-ecological modelling, and especially in the human dimensions of wildlife interactions.


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.


Lida Nguyen-Dang

Lida Nguyen-Dang

MSc Student
2014-Present
nguyen1p@uwindsor.ca

Lida is measuring behavioural and gene expression differences between established and invasion front populations of the Round goby in the Great Lakes. Genetic work will be carried out with guidance from her co-supervisor, Dr. Daniel Heath. Lida’s work is supported by a CAISN project grant.


Jessica Mayrand

Jessica Mayrand

MSc Student
2014-Present
mayrandj@uwindsor.ca

Jessica is measuring the behavioural and gene expression differences between different outbred stocks of Chinook salmon at Yellow Island Aquaculture Inc. (YIAL) in British Columbia, Canada. Jessica’s work is part of a large, collaborative NSERC SPG project, and has the opportunity to examine behavioural phenotypes in fresh and salt water stages.


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!

 

 


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.