Trainees

Taylor Brown (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working TitlePhysiological responses and post-release behaviour of birds in captivity
Supervisor: Dr. Gary Burness (Trent University) co-supervised with Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco (Toronto Zoo)
Zoo Placement: Toronto Zoo
Jonathan Choquette (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: Using conservation translocations to recover massasaugas (Sistrurus catenatus) at the Ojibway Prairie Complex and greater park ecosystem
Supervisors: Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus (Laurentian University) co-supervised with Dr. Trevor Pitcher (University of Windsor)
Zoo PlacementToronto Zoo / Detroit Zoo
Sarah Falconer (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: Captive breeding success in the Vancouver Island marmot 
Supervisor: Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde (Laurentian University)
Zoo PlacementToronto Zoo 
Léa Fieschi-Méric (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: Environmental and phenotypical influences on the microbiota of Canadian and European urodeles
Supervisors: Dr. David Lesbarrères (Laurentian University) co-supervised with
Dr. Mathieu Denoël (Université de Liège)
Zoo PlacementToronto Zoo / Zoological Society of London
Roxanne Gagnon (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working TitlePopulation estimate and habitat characterization of the Northern Barrens tiger beetle (Cicindela patruela Dejean) from Île-aux-Allumettes (Quebec)
 
Supervisor: Dr. Clint Kelly (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Zoo PlacementInsectarium de Montréal
Parinaz Khalilzade (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleGenetic monitoring of wild and reintroduced northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) populations: Optimization of a slow recovery
Supervisor: Dr. David Lesbarrères (Laurentian University)
Zoo Placement: Calgary Zoo
Ruth Linsky (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleDesigning an efficient and non invasive, species specific genotyping array for Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) to assess wild population genetic relatedness, rehabilitation success, and investigate geographic variation
Supervisor: Dr. Arne Mooers (Simon Fraser University)
Zoo Placement: Calgary Zoo
Breanna Pyott (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleEvaluating the captive breeding of the burrowing owl
Supervisor: Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde (Laurentian University)
Zoo Placement: Assiniboine Park Zoo
Joshua Robertson (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleEndocrine correlates of fitness in captive-reared Eastern loggerhead shrikes, Lanius ludovicianus spp.
Supervisors: Dr. Gary Burness (Trent University) co-supervised with Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco (Toronto Zoo)
Zoo Placement: Toronto Zoo 
Rodrigo Solis Sosa (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleCoupled social-ecological model for transboundary conservation: The case of the monarch butterfly migration
Supervisor: Dr. Arne Mooers (Simon Fraser University)
Zoo Placement: Insectarium de Montréal
Rhea Storlund (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleCardiac data from captive marine mammals as a conservation tool
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Trites (University of British Columbia)
Zoo Placement: Vancouver Aquarium
Andrew Turko (PDF)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: Reintroduction biology and captive breeding of the endangered redside dace
Supervisor: Dr. Trevor Pitcher (University of Windsor)
Zoo Placement: Toronto Zoo
Pauline van Leeuwen (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: Microbiome and endangered species conservation: Using microbial signatures as biomarkers for the Vancouver island marmot reintroduction success
Supervisors: Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde (Laurentian University) co-supervised with Dr. Johan Michaux (Université de Liège)
Zoo Placement: Toronto Zoo
Ashley Watt (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: Effect of senescence on gamete quality and offspring fitness surrogates in the critically endangered Mississippi gopher frog
Supervisor: Dr. Trevor Pitcher (University of Windsor)
Zoo Placement: Toronto Zoo
Tharusha Wijewardena (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: Assessing the Blanding's turtle headstarting program in Rouge Park
Supervisors: Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus (Laurentian University) co-supervised with Dr. Nicolas Mandrak (University of Toronto @ Scarborough)
Zoo Placement: Toronto Zoo
Isabelle Zimmermann (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: Effects of parasites on captive breeding success in loggerhead shrikes
Supervisor: Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde (Laurentian University)
Zoo Placement: Toronto Zoo

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