People

Martin Krkosek I am an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Population Ecology. I work primarily on population dynamics in the areas of conservation, disease, and fisheries. My group does fieldwork, laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, and statistical modeling. I run a long-term field program on salmon in British Columbia in partnership with the Salmon Coast Field Station and the Hakai Institute, and we have collaborations with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. I am an editor for the journals Proc R Soc B and CJFAS. I teach courses in population ecology and theoretical ecology at senior undergraduate and graduate levels.
 

Devin Kirk | I am a PhD student working with MK at the University of Toronto.  I completed my undergraduate studies at SFU in Vancouver, where I carried out an undergrad research project looking at chemical communication and behaviour in black widow spiders.  My PhD project focuses on experimental epidemiology and modeling, using Daphnia-parasite systems to determine how thermal dependence predicted by the metabolic theory of ecology mediates and host density threshold effects in disease dynamics.
 
 

Dylan Shea | I am a PhD student working with MK and Steve Short at the University of Toronto. I completed my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, where I did an undergraduate project looking at gene expression in the vector mosquito Aedes aegyptii. I am currently interested in the impact of fish farming on native disease dynamics in British Columbia. Specifically, I am interested in the potential for spillover of pathogenic microorganisms from salmon farms into the marine environment. This requires the field collection and filtration of water samples at the Salmon Coast Field Station, followed by the microbiological analyses of filtered seawater fractions, looking for a broad range of salmon pathogens.

 

Ariel Greiner | I am a PhD student cosupervised by Marie-Josee Fortin, Emily Darling, and MK studying the dynamics and conservation of coral reefs. I am interested in phase shifts between alternate stable states in coral reefs, and how to incorporate those dynamics into spatial optimization models intended for conservation planning of networks of coral reefs.
 

Leila Krichel | I am a PhD student working with MK at the University of Toronto. I completed my undergraduate degree at UofT, where I carried out a project parameterizing parasite mortality and host-shedding rate for a Daphnia-parasite epidemiological model. My current project focuses on how environmental variability could affect host-parasite dynamics differently than what would be expected in a temporally constant environment. This work is being done using a combination of theoretical models and experimental epidemiology in a Daphnia-parasite system.

 

Kiran Wadhawan | I completed an MSc with MK and Knut Vollset at the University of Toronto o the optimal life history theory of Atlantic salmon and the effects of parasites on growth and age-at-maturation through the use of mathematical models. I am now working as a research assistant in the MK lab, helping to maintain the Daphnia lab and administrative upkeep, and writing up my thesis for publication.

 
 

Alumni (Grad Students & Postdocs)
 

Sean Godwin (PhD on ecology of salmon and sea lice). Now a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University.

Luke Rogers (PhD on theoretical population dynamics). Now a postdoctoral fellow at Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Simon Fraser University.

Chris Blackford (MSc on marine protected area design). Now a researcher at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Emily Darling (Banting Postdoc on coral reef conservation). Now a research scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society.

Mack Bartlett (MSc on kokanee salmon, 2017). Now manager of Cedar Coast Field Station in Clayoquot Sound.

Pepijn Luijckx (Postdoc on Daphnia epidemiology, 2017). Now a Lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin.

Andrew Bateman (Postdoc on salmon ecology, 2016). Did a Banting postdoc at UVic with Chris Darimont, and is now a research associate with the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Stephanie Peacock (PhD on salmon and sea lice, 2016). Now an NSERC postdoc at Calgary with Susan Kutz.

Melissa Orobko (MSc on fishery bioeconomics, 2016). Now a PhD student at SFU with Isabelle Cote.

Stefan Meyer (PhD on NZ sea lion population dynamics, 2015). Now a bioinformatician and modeler at AbacusBio, New Zealand.

Lindsey Ogston (MSc on marine viruses of salmon, 2014). Now an environmental stewardship coordinator for the Tsleil Waututh Nation.

Gayle Sommerville (MSc on Paua population dynamics, 2012). Now a PhD student at the University of Western Australia.