OUR TEAM

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SANDRA A. BINNING

Canada Research Chair in the Eco-Evolution of Host-Parasite Interactions (Tier 2)
2018- present: Assistant professor, University of Montreal
2014-2017: Post-Doc, University of Neuchatel (Bshary Lab)
2010-2014: PhD, The Australian National University (Keogh and Backwell Labs)
2006-2009: MSc, McGill University (Chapman Lab)
2003-2006: BSc. Hons, McGill University (Guichard Lab)
Twitter: @binsan5
Orcid: 0000-0002-2804-9979

I was born and raised in Montréal, Canada, where activities involving skiing and snow were far more common than surf and sun. Nevertheless, I developed a love for aquatic ecology early on, and completed my BSc Honours degree at McGill studying seagrass communities in Barbados. Craving a study system with slightly more personality, I switched my interests to freshwater fish. My MSc at McGill explored intraspecific variation and ecomorphology in East African cichlids. Having cemented my love of fish, I dreamed of returning to the marine realm, and moved halfway across the world to Australia to do it! My PhD thesis at ANU explored intraspecific morphological and physiological variation in coral reef fishes in response to biotic and abiotic stressors. Four years working on the Great Barrier Reef only lead to more questions than answers, so my Post-Doctoral research at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland took me back to the reef to examine the effects of parasites on reef fish cognition and learning. Nearly four years after that, my career path came full circle taking me back to Montreal to start a position at UdeM. No wonder I’m interested in animal movement! When I’m not in the office or lab, I’m most likely out for a hike, bike, ski or swim, probably towing at least one of my two young children along.


PhD Students

JÉRÉMY DE BONVILLE

GRIL student member
Twitter @JayDebon

MARIE LEVET

Co-Supervised with Shaun Killen (University of Glasgow, UK)
GRIL student member
Twitter @levet_marie

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My project focuses on the effects of temperature variation on fish development and the added effects due to the presence of parasites. In the context of climate change, extreme heat episodes tend to be more frequent and the response of parasited fish is currently poorly documented. Combining field and lab experiments, we intend to look at how the thermal tolerance of the fish may vary accordingly to the infection intensity and how these two combined variables affect growth, stress and nutrient assimilation. I recently completed my  masters project  at University of Montreal where I focused on the biogeochemical cycles of mercury and carbon and their distribution through the watershed of a hydroelectric reservoir complex that was being flooded. On a personal note, cooking is my passion, I’m always eager to learn how to create new dishes and techniques (my specialty is without a doubt fish). I’m also an avid fan of Japanese culture, especially of manga and cuisine.

Marie Levet

Marie's interests revolve around eco-physiology and environmental change, with a pinch of animal welfare. She is particularly interested in understanding individual and group coping mechanisms under various contexts. Her current research at the Université de Montréal, is partially funded by the GRIL (Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en liminologie) and co-supervised by Sandra Ann Binning and Shaun Killen at the University of Glasgow. She will focus on host-parasite relationship, more specifically, on understanding changes in the behaviour of infected fish and whether this can be an effective therapeutic strategy. The centre of her work is based on studying the variation in preferred and tolerated temperature, and the changes in microhabitat preferences of infected fish. Previously, for her master's thesis carried on at the University of Glasgow, she worked on the interaction between metabolic traits and behaviour of common minnow exposed to motorboat noise.

She also has a keen interest in animal welfare and science policy due to a previous academic background in law and her various work experiences.


Masters Students

ISABEL LANTHIER

GRIL student member
Twitter @Zabellant

JOELLE GUITARD

Co-supervised with Daniel Boisclair (UdeM)
Éco-Lac NSERC-CREATE scholarship holder
GRIL student member
Twitter @guit_Joe

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My interests revolve mostly around the ecophysiology of aquatic animals. I completed my BSc in biological and ecological sciences at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, where I worked on trophic polymorphism in brook trout using stable isotopes in otoliths. My masters project evaluates the physiological effects of parasite infection on pumpkinseed sunfish. More precisely, I measured the oxygen consumption rates (a proxy of whole-animal metabolic rate) and escape response from a simulated aerial attack in sunfish across a gradient of parasite infection.

VICTORIA THELAMON

Co-supervised with Frédérique Dubois (UdeM)
GRIL student member

ALEXANDRA KACK

RAQ student member
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Post-docs

DOMINIQUE ROCHE

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Undergraduate students, Independent Study students, Research assistants and Interns

Amélie Papillon

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Mélanie Kintzinger

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Charles Picard-Krashevski

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ANTOINE CARON-GUAY

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Past students and Interns

FÉLIX LAUZON

(Honours student, UdeM)
Co-supervisor: Dominique Roche

XUE HAN QU

Stage de Recherche BIO2050, BIO3050
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Petite présentation : Je suis étudiant au baccalauréat en sciences biologiques de l’Université de Montréal. J’entame ma dernière année dans ce programme en participant au cheminement Honor dans le lab de Sandra Binning. J’aimerais me lancer plus tard dans le domaine de la conservation d’habitat ainsi que la compréhension des changements induits par les changements climatiques.

Projet actuel : Pour mon projet Honor, je travaille sur l’accessibilité des données chez les recherches conduites écologie au Canada. En premier temps je participerai à l’évaluation de l’accessibilité des données sur plus de 400 articles. Mon projet sera par la suite plus orienté sur le taux de récupération de données ouvertes manquantes par les journaux ayant des politiques de partage de données de recherche.

Intérêts : La nourriture et le sport. Je fais du sport pour manger plus, et ensuite je mange pour faire plus de sport. C’est le cercle de la vie.

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I will be working alongside Alexandra on the identification of parasites found inpumpkinseed sunfish. My undergraduate studies in biology focus on biodiversity, ecology, and evolution as I’ve always been passionate about the nature that we live in. Host-parasite interactions have always intrigued me, specifically how parasites can change community structure and host behavior. I’m also a big fan of insects, and have recently become interested in marine ecology after taking a few related classes. I have volunteered as a science mentor for young girls due to my passion for popular science, teaching and working with children. If I am not out with friends, you will find me trying new recipes or planning my next trip (whenever that might be).

SANDRINE SOEHARJONO

(BIO6064 Travail Dirigé; UdeM)
Primary supervisor: Dominique Roche
(UdeM; Carleton University)
Twitter @sandrinetoupie

FARES DHANE

(BIO6064 Travail Dirigé; UdeM)
Primary supervisor: Dominique Roche
(UdeM; Carleton University)

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I am an undergrad student and fond of invertebrates in general : my interests revolve mostly around the ecophysiology of parasites and insects, as well as their identification. Although I have cherished this interest for a long time, I started my undergraduate studies in Anthropology and completed a Major at both McGill University/UdeM combined. I am now completing my BSc in Biological Sciences in UdeM. I conducted my first research internship in Colin Favret’s lab (UdeM's IRBV). My research topic was on the morphological and anatomical studies (for identification purposes) of Culicidae (mosquitoes). I started a second research internship in the Binning Lab focusing on the identification of the ecto and endo parasites found in the pumpkinseed sunfish. Meanwhile, I also worked as a naturalist for an NGO in Montreal. I really enjoy communicating my passion for all things related to biology and nature, and will continue to do so as long as I can!

DAVIDE THAMBITHURAI

PhD Internship student, University of Glasgow
(PhD supervisor: Prof. Shaun Killen)
2019 Burroughs-Wellcome Travel Award Recipient
Twitter: @ThambithuraiD

MARIE-CLAIRE ROBITAILLE

Stage de Recherche EDD6999
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