PI: Shannon McCauley

As a community ecologist I work in freshwater systems examining how processes at local and regional scale affect the structure of the communities in these systems.

PhD University of Michigan, M.S. University of Florida,  B.A. Bowdoin College





Rosemary Martin

Rosemary started her M.Sc. in thRosiee McCauley lab in September 2015.

She is interested in questions of dispersal and range expansion. She will be using dragonflies and damselflies to investigate how landscape type limits dispersal, as well as how winter conditions affect egg survival and hatching phenology.

B.Sc. (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), University of Toronto 2013

Research interests: Freshwater ecology, dispersal, range expansion, winter diapause, Odonates (Leucorrhinia intacta, Sympetrum spp., Lestes congener).

Celina Baines

Celina is a doctoral student in EEB who started in Fall 2014.  She has been working with notonectids and developed this system as an ideal one to understand the evolutionary ecology of dispersal.

MSc. (Ecology), University of Toronto, The effects of food availability oCelina-fieldn body condition and dispersal in the backswimmer, Notonecta undulata (with Locke Rowe)

Research interests: freshwater ecology, the causes and consequences of dispersal, community ecology, the physiological and behavioural mechanisms of flight/dispersa

Sarah French

Sarah started as a doctoral student through Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in Fall 2013 and is currently working in the lab getting her research on habitat selection behavior started.

M.Sc. (Aquatic Ecology), University of Guelph. Habitat selection of juvenile unionids in response to hydrodynamics.

Research interests: freshwater ecology, habitat selection and dispersal, invertebrate life history, physical ecology, unionid mussel and aquatic insect behaviour

To see more on Sarah’s research and teaching:




Dachin Frances

Dachin started as a doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U of T in Fall 2013.

B.Sc. (Conservation Ecology and Biology) New Mexico State University

Dachin’s research interests include freshwater ecology with particular emphasis on the effects of climate change on aquatic communities and species interactions. She has been investigating the effects of climate change on intraguild predation among larval odonates and the responses of prey to top predators.  She is using these data to better understand how aquatic community structure will be affected by climate change.

To see more about Dachin’s research visit her website:

Ilia Ferzocoilia_at_happy_valley

Ilia is a MSc student who is examining mechanisms affecting community structure in freshwater insects.  She has already undertaken a number of research projects as an undergraduate and as part of her MSc thesis on interactions between species of notonectid and is continuing this work to test potential mechanisms facilitating their co-existence.

Research interests: aquatic ecology, behavioural ecology, dispersal, predator-prey dynamics, carryover effects, species interactions that influence community assembly and metapopulation dynamics


Chris Searcy – PDF – now Assistant Professor at the University of Miami, more on Chris’ research can be found here:

Tharusha Wijewardena – undergraduate (ROP, 481), now a graduate student at UTSC

Shantel Catania – undergraduate (481, research assistant extraordinaire) – now a research associate in Chris Searcy’s lab at U. Miami




Tammy Duong (undergraduate 481) – Tammy completed her MSc inTom Sherratt’s lab at Carleton University