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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 31, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Research Opportunities / Student Supervision



The Wetland Plant Ecology Laboratory at WLU is a growing lab and we are welcoming new students. There are several opportunities for gaining research experience at WLU through the MSc graduate program or if you are an undergraduate student through the Biology Honours Thesis course (BI499) or Directed Studies. If you have an interest in Wetland Plants and would like to learn more about our research and how you can contribute, please contact me or stop by the lab. We are currently housed in N3036.

Below is a list of current and prior students and the title of their research projects.


Current Graduate Students

Caleb Smith (2010-Current) Effects of legacy and emerging contaminants on plant physiology and growth. (MSc in progress UNT)

Bishnu Twanabasu (2009-current) Sedimentation, hydrology and hurricane effects on arbuscular mycorrhizalcolonization on cypress swamp vegetation. (PhD in progress UNT))

Students Supervised as Major Professor (University of North Texas)

Jordan Sloop (2009-2012) Does the trade-off between shade and flood tolerance limit the distribution of wetland plants in bottomland hardwood forests. (MSc)

Justin Adams (2008-2011) Comparison of control efforts for alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) (MSc/ part-time student)

Ricky Zarate (2008-2011) Bioconcentration of triclosan and triclocarban in three wetland plants from a constructed wetland for waste water treatments (M.Sc. /part-time student)

Sajag Adhikari (2008-2010) Solvent effects and bioconcentration patterns of antimicrobial compounds in wetland plants. (M.Sc.)

Misty Wellner (2007-2009) Monitoring vegetation communities in a remnant bottomland hardwood forest following a 100-year flood. (PSM)

Matthew Dempsey (2006-2011) Morphological and anatomical responses of Cardiospermum halicacabum to four levels of water availability. (M.Sc. /part-time student)

Undergraduate Theses Projects Supervised

Kimberly Mighell (2009-2010) Mycorrhizal associations along an urbanization gradient. (University of North Texas)

Keith Anderson (2009) Arbuscular mycorrhizal associations in an experimental Cypress marsh. (University of North Texas)

Tiffany Limmanjing (2009) Flood tolerance in Sesbania herbacea. (University of North Texas)

Amanda Turley (2009) Flood tolerance in Sesbania herbacea. (University of North Texas)

Chris Wall (2008) Effects of AM fungi on seedling growth and development of two wetland plants, B. frondosa L., and E. prostrata (L.)L., grown under three levels of water availability.

Joel Jannsen (2008) Effects of AM fungi on seedling growth and development of two wetland plants, B. frondosa L., and E. prostrata (L.)L., grown under three levels of water availability.

Joanna Blaszczak (2007) A survey of North Central Texas algae. (University of North Texas)

Sandra Ellis (2003-2004) Phosphorus, flooding and adventitious rooting. (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Jesse Parteno (2002-2003) Cadmium and flood tolerance of a wetland plant. (Co-supervised with Dr. R.L. Peterson, University of Guelph)

Sean Spender (2001) Arbuscular mycorrhizae and phosphorus uptake of Lythrum salicaria in inundated soils. (Co-supervised with Dr. R.L. Peterson, University of Guelph)

Janne Lempe (2000) Stem responses of 6 Lythraceae species to flooding (Co-supervised with Dr. R.L. Peterson, University of Guelph)

Melanie Sommerville (2000) Germination characteristics of invasive and non-invasive wetland plants (Co-supervised with Dr. R.J. Reader, University of Guelph)

Luke Brunning (2000) The relative contribution of arbuscular mycorrhizae to the performance of Iris pseudacorus along a water gradient (Co-supervised with Dr. R.L. Peterson, University of Guelph)