Lichenized fungi (mycobionts) and algae (photobionts) form highly successful partnerships in nature where the fungal partner may associate with more than one algal species, but multiple fungal species may also share the same algal species. This sharing of species provides many opportunities for different types of research questions.
My research program reflects my broad interests in the ecology and evolution of this partnership.
My research program offers experiences for a wide range of students who are seeking hands-on laboratory research experience or are interested in higher education in some aspect of my research program.
High school students have worked in my lab as SABC Aventis Biotechnology students and have won awards for their projects. Opportunities for undergraduate students seeking lab experience include volunteer opportunities and project based courses to explore their interests in research.
Honours students in biology, microbiology, and chemistry have completed their research projects in my lab. MSc and PhD graduate students as well as post-doctoral researchers interested in longer-term research projects in some aspect of my research program have completed their studies in my lab. My philosophy for training students is to provide them with many new skills to ensure they have a strong background for future employment or further graduate research in their careers. I have also supported student attendance at training enhancement opportunities such as short courses/workshops at national and international institutions to allow them to learn skills that are beyond my capability.
My teaching interests include the diversity of lichenised ascomycetes and basidiomycetes (BIOL 2260) and the biology, ecology, and evolution of lichens and bryophytes (BIOL 3250). I have also offered undergraduate (BIOL 4890) and graduate topics courses on a variety of lab project and research topics.
Herbarium Curator — Cryptograms (WIN)
508 Buller Building, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Phone: (204) 474-9610
Post Doctoral Research:
Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Smithsonian Institution, DC, USA
Dept. of Biol., Memorial University
St. John's, NL, Canada