Joanna is a 4th Year student in the Honours Life Sciences program. She joined the ABEL lab in September 2016 for an undergraduate thesis. She, is working with Jessica Miller in studying the Alternative Reproductive Tactics and sperm competition seen in Plainfin Midshipman fish. Joanna's research is focused on measuring sperm densities from guarder vs. sneaker males from ejactulate samples obtained in British Columbia.
Ephraim is a 4th year Honours Biology and Psychology Undergraduate student currently doing a thesis project with the ABEL lab. He is being supervised by Jessica Miller and Sigal Balshine. His project focuses on sperm competition between the different reproductive tactics of the midshipman males. Specifically, he is looking at differential sperm morphology and see the potential effects of mucins and other components of seminal vesicle fluid on sperm performance in fertilizing ability.
Shagun is a 4th year undergraduate student at McMaster University. She is in the Life Sciences Co-op Program. Shagun joined the ABEL lab in May 2013. In 2013 she conducted sediment analysis for the Round Goby Diet Study and was co-supervised by Susan Marsh-Rollo. In 2014 Shagun worked alongside Connie O'Connor to quantify the predation responses of Neolamprologus puncher and Aneesh Bose to do DNA extraction for paternity analyses. This year Shagun is back to do her undergraduate thesis in ABEL. She is working on cannibalism as a reproductive strategy for take-over males in Tanganyikan cichlids.
Naylor has been in ABEL in many different positions. We just won't let him leave. This year he has returned as a 4th year thesis student. He has led the round goby field sampling team over the summer and this year. Naylor is involved in collecting and monitoring round goby around Hamilton Harbour and is involved in research that explores how diet interacts with the morphology, reproductive output and behaviour of the round goby.