Your 2022-23 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or emails below) if you have ideas, or would like to help out with any of the BSGSA events!
Social Coordinator - Holly Gamblin (she/her)
PhD student supervised by Dr. James Roth
My thesis work will investigate the impacts of changing biomes on Arctic fox persistence, with a particular emphasis on the breeding season that occurs during the spring and summer months.
Specifically, I am interested in investigating the following questions:
Position Elect - Krista Robertson (she/her)
MSc student supervised by Dr. Ken Jeffries and Dr. Vince Palace
My research is focused on investigating the cellular stress response of fathead minnows exposed to nutrient loadings. I am using minimally invasive techniques to evaluate mRNA transcript and protein patterns in fish using epidermal mucus, while validating the efficacy of mucus as a non-lethal alternative to liver tissues for proteomic analysis.
As the Position Elect for BSGSA, I help wherever I can! This involves attending and helping with events like coffee hour, and planning events such as the holiday party.
Second Position Elect - Jonah Koscielny (he/him)
MSc student supervised by Dr. Darren Gillis
For my thesis, I am working on incorporating fisher vessel movements into traditional abundance indices. In traditional methods, catch per unit effort is usually used as an index to estimate stock size. I am hoping that by including fisher vessel movements into these indices that I get a closer estimate of stock size. I am using data from Lake Winnipeg and the east coast of Nova Scotia.
As a second Position elect, I assist various members throughout the year with planning and execution of events.
Crackerjack Coordinator - Caila Kucheravy (she/her)
MSc student co-supervised by Dr. Colin Garroway (U of M) and Dr. Cory Matthews (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
I study the demographic and genetic population structure of killer whales in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. Killer whales appear to be expanding their seasonal presence in the region, and knowledge about population size and structure is necessary to inform conservation and management decisions.
As Crackerjack Coordinator I organize the Crackerjack seminars, which feature presentations from students within the department as part of the Biological Sciences lecture series. I also coordinate presenters for Darwin Day, the annual department student symposium.
Director of Communications/Outreach - Sidney Mann (she/her)
MSc student supervised by Dr. Jillian Detwiler
My research involves the transmission of brainworm from gastropods to ungulates like moose and deer. I investigate the habitat preferences of brainworm's gastropod hosts, as well as the effect of infection on gastropods to predict infection risk for ungulates.
As Director of Communications/Outreach, my role is to inform students and faculty in the biology department about events such as lectures, social gatherings, and volunteer opportunities by updating this website.
Memorial Lecture Coordinator - Sean Robertson (he/him)
PhD student supervised by Dr. Olivia Wilkins. I am interested in how plants perceive and respond to their environment. My research focuses on the drought response of rice, using a systems biology approach to predict and model gene regulation.
With my role as the Memorial Lecture Coordinator, I organize three lecture series that allows us to invite world-class scientists to present and discuss their research with the department.