Trainees

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Julia Adelsheim (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleA bioenergetic model of sea otter foraging
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Trites (University of British Columbia)
Zoo Placement: Vancouver Aquarium 
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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
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Michael Campbell (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: The dietary impacts of polyunsaturated fatty acids in avian energy regulation
SupervisorDr. Gary Burness (Trent University)
Aquarium 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
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Madison Dugdale (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working Title: Developmental effects on the endangered Redside Dace (Clinostomus elongatus)
SupervisorDr. Trevor Pitcher (University of Windsor)
Aquarium Placement: Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
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
Visit Léa's LinkedIn        Visit Léa's Instagram @completelynewts
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Briar Hunter (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleAssessing potential factors influencing fertility and reproductive success in ex situ population of Oregon spotted frogs
Supervisor: Dr. David Lesbarrères (Laurentian University)
Zoo Placement: Toronto Zoo
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
Emma Kominek (MSc)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleTesting the feasibility of using taxonomies and partial phylogenies to identify the most evolutionarily isolated insects worldwide
Supervisor: Dr. Arne Mooers (Simon Fraser University)
Zoo Placement
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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: TBD
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
Visit Rodrigo's Website                 Visit Rodrigo's LinkedIn
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Danica Stark (PDF)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleDevelopment of remote sensing methods to recognize and estimate detectability of nesting whooping cranes in very high resolution satellite imagery
Supervisor: Dr. Axel Moehrenschlager (University of Calgary)
Zoo Placement: Calgary Zoo
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Rhea Storlund (PhD)

Thesis Topic/Working TitleCardiac data from captive marine mammals as a conservation tool
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Trites (University of British Columbia)
Aquarium Placement: Vancouver Aquarium
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: Investigating the use of wild mating behaviour and gamete biology for improving the captive breeding of imperiled freshwater fishes for reintroduction  
Supervisor: Dr. Trevor Pitcher (University of Windsor)
Zoo Placement: Ripley's Aquarium
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