Semeniuk Lab Alumni


Dr. Natalie Sopinka

Dr. Natalie Sopinka

Post-Doctoral Fellow
2015-2017
natsopinka@gmail.com

Natalie is co-supervised by Drs. Love and Heath in addition to Dr. Semeniuk. Natalie comes from a history of graduate work examining the ecological aspects of wild and hatchery Pacific salmon, and she will continue similar work on Chinook salmon at YIAL.

www.phishdoc.com


David Yurkowski

David Yurkowski

PhD Candidate
2011-2015
david.yurkowski@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Dave was co-supervised by Dr. Aaron Fisk, tracking the movements and feeding ecology shifts of ringed seals in the Arctic and Eastern Canada. Dave is now a post-doc for Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Freshwater Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 


Adriana Forest

Adriana Forest

MSc Student
2013-2015

Adriana examined the relationship between environmental and genetic effects on jacking rates in Chinook salmon. She used a study system of Chinook salmon pre-smolts with hook and jack sires, different feeding regimes, and raised in different densities to determine what factors can predict jacking rates. Adriana is supported by an OGS award and is co-supervised Dr. Trevor Pitcher.


Meagan McCloskey

Meagan McCloskey

MSc Student
2013-2016
mccloskm@uwindsor.ca

Meagan started as the Semeniuk lab’s first Research Associate in 2013, establishing our aquatic holding tanks and testing arenas in GLIER’s aquatic facility. She developed protocol to successfully collect and transport wild perch and bring them into captivity. Her work examines the ontogeny of behaviour in young of the year Yellow perch raised in different conditions, and has collaborated with the Fisk labs to examine stable isotopes and determine feeding strategies, and the Heath lab to examine genetic differences between focal populations. Meagan’s graduate work is supported by an NSERC CGS-M award.

Meagan was the first graduate student from the Semeniuk lab. She is currently working for Environment Canada with Grant Gilcrest in the arctic, assisting with Cody’s research.


Mitch Dender

Mitch Dender

MSc Student
2014-2017
dender@uwindsor.ca

Mitch began as a Research Associate stationed at YIAL in 2014. His observations and preliminary documentation of feeding behaviour of Chinook salmon in barrels were the starting point for his data collection and other side projects. Mitch is combining behavioural data of fish raised in aquaculture with physiological data to identify optimal stocks for captivity. Mitch is part of a large, collaborative NSERC SPG project and is co-supervised by Dr. Oliver Love.


Pauline Capelle

Pauline Capelle

MSc Student
2014-2016
capelle@uwindsor.ca

Pauline has manipulated the exposure of stress hormone cortisol in Chinook salmon eggs at YIAL to examine the long-term effects of maternal stress on behaviour, morphology, physiology, and survival in stressful and non-stressful environments. She is co-supervised by Dr. Oliver Love and is supported by an NSERC CGS-M award.

 


Matt Battiston

Matt Battiston

Research Associate
Summer 2013

Matt joined the lab as a Research Assistant prior to medical school. He help Tina set-up her lab in preparation for graduate students, writing protocols and ordering equipment in preparation for the first set of behavioural trials.


Sean Power

Sean Power

Undergraduate Thesis Student
2014-2015

Sean (foreground) joined our team to complete an undergraduate Honours thesis, co-supervised by Dr. Oliver Love. Sean extracted the stress hormone cortisol from water samples so we can relate cortisol concentrations to colouration and behaviour of Atlantic salmon parr. This type of hormone collection is non-invasive and allowed us to examine an individual’s behaviour again. Sean continued in Dr. Love’s lab as a Master’s student.


Hossein Mehdi

Hossein Mehdi

Undergraduate Thesis Student
2014-2015

For his Honours thesis, Mehdi examined Atlantic salmon yearling behaviour in a predation sensitive foraging context. Mehdi used advanced techniques to characterize and quantify behavioural changes to an individual before and after a simulated predator attack. Since completing his undergraduate thesis, Mehdi has been accepted to the University of Waterloo as a Master’s student.


Sabrina Distefano

Sabrina Distefano

Undergraduate Thesis Student
2014-2015

Sabrina is quantifying the genetic differences between the different populations of Yellow perch Meagan behaviourally tested. She is an honours thesis student co-supervised by Dr. Daniel Heath and mentored by Sarah Lehnert. After her undergraduate thesis, Sabrina joined Dr. Heath’s lab as a Master’s student.


Maya Haidar

Maya Haidar

Undergraduate Thesis Student
2013-2016

As a volunteer, Maya has helped multiple graduate students by preparing stable isotope samples, taking measurements using ImageJ, and analyzing Chinook salmon barrel feeding videos. For her undergraduate thesis, Maya examined behaviours in Chinook salmon parr related to metabolism, which will be linked to thyroid hormone levels in the future.

 


Jasvinder Mann

Jasvinder Mann

Undergraduate Thesis Student
2014-2016

As a volunteer, JP is assisted Lida with literature review, then continued in our lab as an undergraduate Honour’s thesis student to complete an elaborate a behavioural experiment to test learning capabilities in the Round goby. JP successfully trained his gobies to a light as Pavlov trained his dog to a bell, and found that invasive gobies could navigate to food faster than established populations!


Nadeen Shaabana

Nadeen Shaabana

Undergraduate Thesis Student
2015-2016

Nadeen joined the lab to complete an undergraduate thesis. Her passion is computer programming, so Nadeen modelled fish predation in a shoal with hungry individuals of different personalities (bold/shy). A mixed shoal of bold/shy individuals do best!

Nadeen won presentation awards at Ontario Biology Day and University of Windsor Biology colloquium.


Taylor Haludek

Taylor Haludek

Undergraduate Thesis Student
2016-2017

Taylor is an undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Environmental Science. She is working on creating informative layers in GIS of stream characteristics of the 8 British Columbia rivers in the SPG project. To supplement open source data, she is also completing a literature review of other salmonid studies.


Nicholas Lebel

Nicholas Lebel

Undergraduate Thesis Student
2016

Nicholas is an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa, but wanted to get a head start on lab experience over the summer break. He is using video analysis software Solomon coder to identify aggressive and shoaling behaviour of juvenile Chinook salmon at a mirror.


Eve Deck

Eve Deck

Volunteer
2013-2017

Eve has helped us produce and maintain large data sets, morphological measurements using ImageJ, and barrel feeding video analysis. She is currently working on analyzing Chinook salmon behaviour during mirror tests, as a part of a large study on jacking rates.


Patricia Okpara

Patricia Okpara

Volunteer
2014-2015

Patricia helped us develop analytical methods for barrel feeding videos by making careful observations of fish behaviour before, during, and after feeding. She has since moved on to start graduate work in Biology at the University of Windsor.


Joseph Camaj

Joseph Camaj

Volunteer
2014-2016

Joseph helped Sean process water samples, extracting the stress hormone cortisol. Joseph was also part of the team that developed the methods for analysing barrel feeding videos, and is currently helping Mitch and Jessica analyze behavioural videos of yearling Chinook salmon.

Congratulations to Joseph on his acceptance to dental school! We are sad he has left the team after two years of volunteer work but incredibly happy for him!


Vicki Heath

Vicki Heath

Volunteer
2014-2015

Vicki has helped multiple students by digitizing field data. She was part of a team of volunteers that is producing and maintaining an extremely large data set for thousands of Chinook salmon that are part of the NSERC SPG project.


Nicole Bouclair

Nicole Bouclair

Volunteer
2013-2015

Nicole joined the lab as a field assistant to Meagan, collecting perch at Balsam Lake and Leadly Farms Inc.


Kieran O’Hagen-Wong

Kieran O’Hagen-Wong

Volunteer
2015

Kieran’s background in videography has broadened the lab’s capabilities for filming behavioural trials in difficult low-light and underwater conditions. He divides his time volunteering between literature review and updating a large database for the Chinook salmon SPG project. Currently, Kieran is helping Mitch examine surface activity behaviours.


Anthony Olivito

Anthony Olivito

Volunteer
2015-2016

As an Environmental Studies student, Anthony brings a different set of skills to the lab. In combination with one of Dr. Greg McDermid’s students, he will be using GIS to examine the spatial and temporal environmental variables that exist for juvenile and adult Chinook salmon in tributaries throughout British Columbia.


Akbal Gill

Akbal Gill

Volunteer
2016

Akbal helped with data entry and organization, and used ImageJ to measure body morphometrics on yearling Chinook salmon from the final part of the Jacking project.


Rachel Boutette

Rachel Boutette

Volunteer
2016

Rachel started with helping Mitch quantify excess food during salt water feeding in the SPG Chinook salmon pens. Since then, she has been using ImageJ to measure body morphometrics of Chinook salmon that will be included in Maya’s analyses.


Jacob Schilling

Jacob Schilling

Volunteer
2016

Jacob worked with the Jacking project parr photos to measure pixel brightness to calculate dorsal to midline contrast. We’ll use this data to see if darker individuals were more submissive in Adriana’s dominance trials.


Hannah Burdett

Hannah Burdett

Volunteer
2016-2017

Hannah is an Environmental Science major, and is helping Taylor collect information on the 7 British Columbian streams of the SPG Chinook salmon project. After that, she is interested in gaining experience with the computer modelling program NetLogo.


Amanda Rilett

Amanda Rilett

Volunteer
2016

Amanda’s consistent measurements in ImageJ contributed data to Lida’s Round goby project, the Jacking project, and the final sampling of the Yellow Perch.