Two graduate student positions are available in the Aquatic Behavioural Ecology Laboratory (http://abel.mcmaster.ca) at McMaster University, beginning September 2017. The specific project will be designed to best fit the applicant’s strengths and interests. Our research group focuses on ecological and behavioural analyses of fish reproductive behaviour and uses a combination of field and laboratory studies to address questions about the evolution of social behaviour, breeding systems and human impacts on animal behaviour. Either an M.Sc. or Ph.D. level position will be offered dependent upon the interests and background of the applicant. If interested, please contact Dr. Sigal Balshine (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a statement of interest, transcript and curriculum vitae.
ABEL's Team Midshipman had a fun and informative visit to the Bass Lab. We held a mini-workshop sharing our behavioural ecology results with their group and heard about their neurobiological results all on this amazing singing fish. Plainfin midshipman are indeed champions!
Jan 2016 - Emily Krutzelmann (an ex-ABEL thesis student) recently won a Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) scholarship. Congratulations Emily!
Nov 2015 - Erin McCallum (ABEL PhD student) & Theresa Warriner (ABEL thesis student) were part of team based video project about their research on the effects of wastewater on freshwater fishes. This video won 3rd place! Go Wastewater Team.
Nov 2015 - McMaster's Faculty of Science held a video competition in the autumn. Aneesh entered a video about his PhD research and won first place.
Sept 2014 - Connie has won a prestigious McMaster based award in which she plans to use citizen science to Identify Soil Contamination in Hamilton’s Urban Gardens. Way to go Connie!
August 2014 - Our own Cody Dey has won the Animal Behavior Society 2014 Film Festival for the Best Non-Commercial Film. See his very cool film "Badges of Status" by looking at the video link. This award goes to an amateur (non-commercial) film maker and must be produced in the preceding five years. In this way, the Film Festival promotes the Animal Behavior Society’s goals of research, teaching, and conservation at the university level.
September 2014 - Cody wins another award. This one is a national award for being the graduate student who has the best and most innovative refereed journal article based on their graduate research, published or in press, in any national or international scientific journal. The article can be in any sub-discipline of Biology, in French or in English, the graduate student must be the senior author.
September 2014 - Way to go Cody for winning this award for communicating research! The Dean's Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research recognizes excellence in communicating the results and importance of research to a non-specialist audience. Each year, the Dean's Award is awarded for excellence in communication. Communication is paramount for obtaining future research support and for reaching out to the public. In addition to formal recognition, Cody will receive a $225 in cash prize. Cody, I guess that means your lab treats will be extra special!
April 2014 - Erin McCallum and Aneesh Bose both win PhD NSERC awards and Pauline Capelle and Holly Howe are both awarded MSc awards and will be leaving ABEL to begin new adventures at Windsor and UofT. We are proud of all you! Well done.
July 14, 2014 - Our very own Erin McCallum has won the Best PhD Poster Presentation at this year's Laurentian SETAC meeting. Way to go Erin
July 3, 2014 - Dr. Karen Cogliati will be leaving ABEL and Hamilton for a Faculty Research Assistant position at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Karen will be researching juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead life history tactics. We are going to miss her but wish her well! The west coast annex of ABEL plans to visit her!
Dec 11, 2013 - Karen Cogliati is now to be called Dr. Cogliati! Karen successfully defended her thesis.
Dec 5, 2013 - Cody Dey won 2nd place at the Biology Graduate Research Day for his talk on his Ph.D. work on status signalling in Pukekos.
Dec 4, 2013 - ABEL's Cody Dey just had a research paper appear in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. There is a fun story about his research in McMaster's Daily News. Check it out! or check out Cody's video.
Dec 4, 2013 - Dr. Connie O'Connor wins the 2014 Dorothy M. Skinner Award to travel and present at the upcoming SICB meeting in Austin Texas. Way to go Connie!
Nov 20, 2013 - Aneesh Bose won a CGS-MSFSS Program travel award to continue his midshipman research and extend it into Washington, Oregon and California. Aneesh will be working collaboratively with Dr. Joe Sisneros of the University of Washington.
Oct 21, 2013 - McMaster researcher and postdoctoral fellow Connie O'Connor has received a 2013 Alice Wilson Award thanks to her advanced research involving cichlid fish unique to east Africa's expansive Lake Tanganyika.