Brett Matthew Culbert
Brett joined the lab in May 2016 as an NSERC USRA student. In September he started his MSc research studying social ascension in the African cichlid, Neolamprologus pulcher. He is investigating the behavioural and physiological changes associated with acquiring breeder status, specifically those dealing with the stress (hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal) axis. Brett received his B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Ottawa, where he worked with Dr. Katie Gilmour studying chronic social stress in rainbow trout.
Jessica joined the lab in September 2015 and is studying reproductive morphology and post-fertilization competition in plainfin midshipman fish. She is investigating the form and function of male reproductive accessory glands with interest in sperm competition. Jessica received her B.Sc in Marine Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she studied effects of stress on immunity and behaviour in crickets with Dr. Shelley Adamo, and managed an industrial micro-algae research lab supervised by Dr. Hugh MacIntyre.