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M.Sc. Students

Nick Brown

Having rounded off a study of antipredator behaviour in sea cucumbers for his undergraduate thesis, Nick decided to skip a few rungs on the taxonomic ladder and join the midshipman project at ABEL. Unlike many students in the lab, he has a degree in psychology, and is very interested in field-based behavioural experiments. Nick will work closely with the Jaunes lab at UVic to study the midshipman's social calling environment, and how it influences mate choice and reproductive success. Outside of his academic life, Nick is an avid rock climber. After graduating with a B.Sc. from Memorial University in Newfoundland, he dedicated 6 months of his life to live in a 1980's campervan and climb in fantastic destinations across North America.

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 Miller

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.