Chris Buddle is an Associate Professor of
Insect Ecology at McGill University in Montreal Quebec, Canada. His
research interests are varied, from canopy ecology to integrated pest
management and biodiversity of arthropods in Arctic Canada. Chris
is interested in understanding the links between habitat features,
ecosystem processes and arthropod biodiversity.
Terry Wheeler is an Associate Professor at
McGill University and Director of the Lyman Entomological Museum in
Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Terry’s current research program
systematics and ecology of flies, especially the abundant and diverse
family Chloropidae. He has broad interests in systematics and
community ecology, and the NBP will provide a basis from which to
examine the diversity and distribution of flies in northern
environments over time.
Doug Currie is Senior Curator of Entomology
at the Royal Ontario Museum and Associate Professor at the University
of Toronto. Doug’s research interests are focused on the
and comparative biology of aquatic insects, with special reference to
black flies. His current research focuses on the diversity and
biogeography of northern Holarctic black flies and is based on material
collected from major expeditions to Nunavut, Northwest Territories,
Yukon Territory, Alaska and eastern Siberia. The NBP will provide an
opportunity to continue this line of research while exploring new
avenues related to climate change in northern environments.
Laura Timms is a
post-doctoral researcher at McGill University. She is an
entomologist with a background in invasive species biology, community ecology, biological control, and
both agricultural and forest integrated
pest management. Laura is interested in the effects of disturbance on insect
diversity, particularly how processes such as climate change, invasive species, and
natural resource management affect
communities. As a postdoc with the NBP, Laura will be pursuing her own research
parasitic wasps as well as acting in an administrative role.
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Crystal Ernst (Ph.D.,
supervisor Chris Buddle). Crystal is studying the effects of
climate change on ground-dwelling arthropod assemblages in arctic and
sub-arctic ecozones of northern Canada. More broadly, she is
interested in how the structures of ground-dwelling insect communities
are affected by climate change and other environmental variables.
She will use data from her own field experiments as well as the
sampling being conducted by the entire team to answer her research
questions. Crystal can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Ph.D., supervisor Doug Currie). Patrick's research is about the
contemporary and historical biogeographical patterns of black flies
(Simuliidae: Diptera). We will use a combination of molecular,
morphological and cytological data to examine recent (50-60 years ago)
and historical (ca. 10,000 years ago) phylogeographical patterns
in northern black flies in response to changing climates.
Meagan Blair (M.Sc.,
supervisor: Terry Wheeler). Meagan's project is titled "Diversity
of higher Diptera on a latitudinal gradient in the Canadian arctic".
She will assess the spatial distribution of higher flies
between the northern-boreal region of Canada and the sub-Arctic and
Arctic ecoclimatic zones. This will be done by collecting,
identifying, and then spatially comparing species abundance from the 12
research sites. A small portion of my project also includes
comparing this distribution, diversity, and abundance to that of the
Northern Insect Survey, which was conducted in the 1950s and 1960s.
Meagan can be contacted at the following e-mail address: email@example.com
Sarah Loboda (M.Sc.,
supervisor: Chris Buddle). Sarah is studying the structure of
spider assemblages across multiple scales in Canada's North. She
will investigate the patterns of spider assemblages at multiple scales
in Canada ‘s North and try to determine what environmental
factors that can explain these patterns. Sarah also wants to
identify which spider species can be used as bioindicator of climate
change in Arctic and Subarctic zones. Results will be used to better
understand patterns of species richness and relative abundance at
different scales. Sarah can be contacted at the following e-mail
Katie Sim (M.Sc.,
supervisors: Chris Buddle and Terry Wheeler). Katie is interested
in patterns of
genetic diversity of spiders.
Anna Solecki (M.Sc.,
supervisors: Terry Wheeler and Chris Buddle . Anna is
working on phylogeoraphy of Diptera.
Ruben Cordero (M.Sc.,
supervisor: Doug Currie). Ruben will be working on some of the
Donna Giberson is a Professor at the
University of Prince Edward Island and a fresh water ecologist with a
particular interest in aquatic insects. Current interests include the
study of aquatic insect biodiversity, life history responses to
disturbance regime, salt marsh insects, pitcher plant-insect
relationships, and general aquatic insect ecology. Donna has several
years of working experience in the arctic and is interested in the
potential effects of climate change on the biodiversity of northern
David Langor is an entomologist at the
Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton (Natural Resources Canada) and
Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. He works in the areas
of biodiversity and pest management, and has extensive experience with
beetle taxonomy and ecology and large-scale biodiversity projects.
Jeremy Kerr is an Associate Professor at
University of Ottawa. He has extensive expertise in ecoinformatics and
works at the interface of macroecology, conservation biology and remote
sensing, detection of global change influences on species
distributions. He has significant interest in the response of
arthropods to changing northern environments.
Wayne Pollard is an Associate Professor at
McGill University and has widespread experience working in
arctic. He is also the Director of Centre for Climate and Global Change
Research at McGill University and the Director of McGill Northern Field
Stations in Schefferville and on Axel Heiberg Island. He will act in an
Grant Gilchrist (Canadian Wildlife Service)
has extensive experience working in Arctic Canada, as a wildlife
biologist with broad research interests including marine birds and