Your BSGSA Executive
Elections for the BSGSA Executive are held annually at the end of the Winter term. The Executive is in charge of organizing the events, lectures, and all activities of the BSGSA, but feel free to contact us if you have ideas, or would like to help out with any of the BSGSA events!
2018 President: Cassandra Debets
Vice president / treasurer
2018 VP/Treasurer: Anna Mikhailitchenko
As BSGSA president I hope to create more opportunities for professional development with the help of the BSGSA executive members. I am responsible for chairing BSGSA meetings and overseeing our operations throughout the year and representing the graduate student body at departmental council meetings.
I am a PhD student focusing on Arctic seal foraging ecology in the Hudson Bay ecosystem in Dr. Steve Ferguson’s lab at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I am interested in using different biomarkers (stable isotopes and fatty acids) to quantitatively estimate the diet proportions of prey items in ringed and bearded seals. I collaborate with three Inuit communities to get samples from their annual subsistence harvest in order to answer questions about the spatial and temporal dietary differences observed in Hudson Bay.
2018 Social Director: Garett Allen
As the social coordinator, I’m central in organizing BSGSA social events. Ranging from sports to parties I’m basically here alongside the BSGSA executives to make sure we all have fun in between our study schedules! I love getting ideas and comments so feel free to email me at Alleng3@myumanitoba.ca or find me around campus.
My research projects focus on acid-base regulation and waste management of marine invertebrates in typical seawater environments as well as extremophile environments such as hydrothermal vents. If you have any questions about my work or travel info feel free to ask!
2018 Crackerjack Coordinator: Alison Loeppky
As the Crackerjack coordinator I schedule the student portion of the Biological Sciences Seminar Series. The Crackerjack Seminars are a great opportunity for students to present their work and to strengthen public speaking skills. If you are interested in giving one of these talks email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside of BSGSA I am a PhD student in Gary Anderson’s lab. I work with Lake Sturgeon to better understand the incorporation and interpretation of chemical signatures in their hard structures (fin rays and otoliths) to identify habitat use and track their movements after releasing hatchery raised fish into the wild.
2018 GSA Representative: Nasibeh Daneshvar
As the GSA representative I act as a liaison between UMGSA and BSGSA and apply for UMGSA Department Grant and represent as a grad student councillor in Graduate Student
Outside of BSGSA I am a PhD candidate in Judy Anderson’s lab. I work with mice to explore the role of a neuro-repellent protein in functional skeletal muscle regeneration neuromuscular junction formation after injuries.
Hello! I serve as the VP treasurer of the BSGSA. I handle all financial matters, maintain BSGSA documents, and can fill in for the president when they are unavailable (i.e. the president is doing too much field work!). If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Outside of the BSGSA, I am a Master’s student in Dr. Gail Davoren's lab. I study humpback whale acoustics. Specifically, my goal is to quantify the diel and seasonal patterns in call activity of three common, non-song call types of humpbacks on their Newfoundland foraging grounds. I hope to link call types with diel and seasonal variation to the availability of their primary prey.
2018 Communications Director: Mikala Epp
My role in the BSGSA is to inform the students and faculty in our department about events, such as lectures, social gatherings and opportunities such as volunteering. I am the face behind most of the BSGSA emails you will receive throughout the year as well as the BSGSA Facebook page and the graduate student email account. If you have any questions about events or volunteer opportunities please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside of the BSGSA I am a Masters student in Dr. Davoren’s lab. My project is focused on the call repertoire of humpback whales off the coast of Newfoundland. I am interested in whether the calls are stable across years, as well as beginning to look at the behavioural context of the calls using multi-sensor animal-borne tags.
2018 Lecture Coordinator: Demi Gagnon
As the lecture coordinator I am responsible for the organization of departmental seminars during the year including the Lubinsky, Barrett- Hamilton, and Hanna Memorial Lectures. These lectures present excellent opportunities for graduate students to engage with notable scientists from across the country and learn about some great biological research.
Outside of BSGSA, I am a master's student in Dr. Jillian Detwiler's lab. My project involves using DNA sequencing and morphological analysis to more accurately identify species of trematode parasites in the genus Quinqueserialis, so that I may then evaluate how geography and host specificity has influenced their speciation.
Freshwater Instutite Representative
2018 Freshwater Institute Representative: Kyle Lefort
As the Freshwater Institute representative I am responsible for acting as a liaison between the BSGSA and graduate students at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. My M.Sc. research is focused on the ecology of the relatively poorly understood eastern Canadian Arctic killer whales.