Meet my favourite study animals!
The plainfin midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus, family Batrachoididae) is a deep-sea species of toadfish that breeds in the intertidal zones of the Pacific coast of North America. Primarily known for their great singing abilities, these fish also display extremely interesting reproductive behaviours. I primarily use this species to study parental care and cannibalism, asking why care-giving males sometimes cannibalize offspring from their own nests! (photo credit: Shyamal Bose)
Cichlids of the African rift lakes are an incredibly speciose group that express a staggering diversity of reproductive behaviours. I am especially interested in understanding the evolutionary implications of cuckoldry (i.e. when males steal fertilizations from other males) using these fishes.
Picture is of Variabilichromis moorii (photo credit: Aneesh Bose).
The round goby (Neogobius melanostomus, family Gobiidae) is a high problematic invasive species in the Laurentian Great Lakes as well as western Europe and the Baltic Sea. They are highly resilient to a range of abiotic conditions and typically out-compete native species in invaded habitats. Yet we know very little about the their basic reproductive ecology. I am interested in their expression of alternative reproductive tactics as well as their persistence in polluted habitats. (photo credit: Erin McCallum)
Education and employment
B.Sc. - Marine and Freshwater Biology, University of Guelph, Canada (2008 - 2011)
Ph.D. with Dr. Sigal Balshine - Behavioural Ecology, McMaster University, Canada (2012 - 2017).
Postdoc with Dr. Kristina Sefc - University of Graz, Austria (2017 - 2018).
Postdoc with Dr. Alex Jordan - Max Planck Institute for Animal Behaviour, Konstanz, Germany (2018 - present).