Marie-Josée Fortin [CV]
Professor, FRSC
Canada Research Chair in Spatial Ecology

An ecologist by training, Marie-Josée has four main research areas: spatial ecology, disturbance ecology, conservation, and spatial statistics. Her research program studies the effects of global change (landuse and climate) on species spatial dynamics at the landscape and geographical range levels both in multiuse forested ecosystems and aquatic networks to maintain biodiversity and species conservation.

Graduate Students (at the University of Toronto)

Ariel Greiner
PhD Student
Coral reefs dynamics modeling
[Co-advised with Martin Krkosek]
Stephen MacFarlane
PhD Student
Animal movement
Christopher Blackford [website]
PhD Student
Conservation; Marine Protected Areas; Species Distribution Modelling
[Co-advised with Martin Krkosek]
Amanda Xuereb
PhD Candidate
Landscape genetics; Metapopulation modeling; Species Distribution Modelling
Andrew Chin
PhD Candidate

Andrew’s PhD research investigates the effects of land use and environmental change on fish metacommunities in estuaries. These changes influence aquatic ecosystems in terms of restricting species movement as well as habitat quality and amount. Results of his findings could help inform policy and management guidelines necessary for species persistence.

Carina Firkowski [website]
PhD Candidate [Co-advised with Marc Cadotte]

Carina is interested in bringing concepts from metacommunity ecology and food web theory together to better understand the dynamical response of ecological networks to the impact of spatial, environmental and biotic disturbances.

Korryn Bodner
PhD Candidate [Co-advised with Peter Molnar]

Korryn’s PhD is based in the fields of disease ecology and computational modeling. Her research focuses on predicting the effects of climate change on the severity and spread of the trematode parasite, Ribeiroia Ondatrae. Her work utilizes host-parasite models to study how the cumulative effects of temperature on parasite and host demographic traits ultimately influences R0. She is also interested in exploring how machine learning can be used, in isolation and in combination with mechanistic models, to predict R. ondatrae’s spatial spread under various climate scenarios.

Graduate Students (at Other Universities)

Marie-Hélène Brice
PhD Candidate [Co-advised with Pierre Legendre at UdeM]

Marie-Hélène’s research focuses on predicting species distribution and community dynamics under climate change, with the aim of improving conservation planning. Her PhD thesis will address several of the key shortcomings of current modelling approaches by developing predictive models that account for species interactions and dispersal limitation.

Meredith Purcell
PhD Candidate
Phylogenetics; Landscape genetics
[Co-advised with Paul Wilson at Trent University]
Núria Aquilué Junyent
PhD Candidate
Ecological modeling; Socio-economic modeling
[Co-advised with Christian Messier at UQAM and Luis Brotons]
Samantha Andrews
PhD Candidate
Marine Protected Areas
[Co-advised with Shawn Leroux at MUN]
Russel Turner
MSc Candidate
Landscape genetics of seabirds
[Co-advised with Vicki Friesen at Queen’s University]
Samantha Morin
MSc Candidate
Marine Protected Areas
[Co-advised with Jeff Row at Trent University]
Lindey Bargelt
MSc Candidate
Protected areas and private land
[Co-advised with Dennis Murray at Trent University]

Postdoctoral Fellows

Kate Kirby [website]
Agroforestry; Ecosystem services; Socio-economy
Ryan Franckowiak
Landscape genetics of seabirds
[Advisor: Vicki Friesen at Queen’s University; co-Advisor: Marie-Josee Fortin]
Luke Frishkoff [website]

Luke is an evolutionary ecologist who works on amphibians, reptiles, and birds to understand the rules that govern how environmental gradients dictate community structure, and how human environmental impacts reformulate these rules. He is particularly interested in how evolutionary history and phylogenetic relatedness can be better used in data analysis to provide improved community level inferences.
[Advisor: Luke Mahler; co-Advisor: Marie-Josee Fortin]

Emily Darling [website]

Emily is a coral reef ecologist, conservation biologist and quantitative field scientist. Her research uses collaborative “big data” approaches to integrate multiple stressors, resilience and community ecology with connectivity and MPA planning in a changing climate. Her work is fundamentally motivated to solve applied environmental challenges for coral reef biodiversity and the coastal livelihoods they support.
[Advisor: Maritn Krkosek; co-Advisor: Marie-Josee Fortin]