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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Jim McGeer




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Jessie Cunningham - Honours Thesis (completed April 2010) - MSc (completed Nov 2012)



I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and English at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2009. I completed an honours thesis project under Jim McGeer. My project centered on the costs and consequences of chronic cadmium exposure as an evaluation of swim performance and stress response in brook and rainbow trout.

After completing my undergraduate degree, I continued on at Wilfrid Laurier, joining the Integrative Biology Masters program. Currently, I am working to further the understanding of the effects of chronic, waterborne, Cd exposure on whole organism performance. I am measuring the effects of Cd exposure on the repeat swimming performance and capacity for recovery in a variety of salmonid species. I am also working to understand fluctuations in metabolic and endocrine activity as a result of exercise and Cd exposure.

I have served three years as an undergraduate and graduate representative to both Faculty and Divisional Council, as well as acting as a member of the Faculty of Science Petitions and Regulations Committee. I also acted as social events coordinator for the Biology Graduate Students Association.

Awards

Best Student Platform Presentation (Masters): Second Place. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America. Portland, OR, USA. November 7-11, 2010.

Conference Presentations

Cunningham*, J.L., McGeer, J.C. 2009. The costs and consequences of chronic cadmium exposure: Determining the effect on Ucrit and Uburst. Ontario Biology Day. University of Windor, Windsor, ON. CAN. March 7-8. Platform Presentation.

Cunningham*, J.L., Parkinson, K.B., McGeer, J.C. 2009. The effect of chronic Cd exposure on swim performance in rainbow, brook and brown trout. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America. New Orleans, LA, USA. November 19-21. Poster Presentation.

Cunningham*, J.L., McGeer, J.C. 2010. The effect of chronic sub-lethal cadmium exposure on the repeat swimming performance of brown trout and rainbow trout. Canadian Society of Zoologists AGM. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, CAN. May 17-21. Platform Presentation.

Cunningham*,, J.L. McGeer, J.C. 2010. The effect of chronic cadmium exposure on the repeat swimming performance of three species of salmonids. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America. Portland, OR, USA. November 7-11. Platform Presentation.

Cunningham*, J.L., McGeer, J.C. 2011. The effect of cadmium exposure on the repeat swimming ability of three species of salmonids. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Workshop, Rice Lake, ON, CAN. Feb 5-6. Poster Presentation.

Ellis*, J., Fernandes, E., Cunningham, J.L., McGeer, J.C. 2011. Effect of sub-lethal Ni exposure on sustained swimming ability and stress response in rainbow trout. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Workshop, Keen, ON, CAN. Feb. 5-6. Poster Presentation.

Fernandes*, E., Cunningham, J.L., Ellis, J., McGeer, J.C. 2011. Physiological effects of chronic sub-lethal waterborne Ni exposure in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Ontario Biology Day, Waterloo, ON, CAN. March 12-13. Platform Presentation.

Cunningham*, J.L., McGeer, J.C. 2011. The effect of cadmium exposure on the repeat swimming ability of three species of salmonids. World Water Day Graduate Research Fair. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, CAN. March 22. Poster Presentation.

Cunningham*, J.L., McGeer, J.C. 2011. The effects of Cd exposure on performance and capacity to recover from repeat swimming in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Canadian Society of Zoologists AGM. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, CAN. May 16-20. Platform Presentation.