|2011 - Present||Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Department of Biological Sciences|
|2008||Ph.D. Biology, University of New Brunswick, Saint John|
|2004||Diploma in University Teaching, University of New Brunswick ‐ Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning|
|2001||M.Sc. Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University|
|1997||B.Sc. Biology, Specialization in Ecology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
Circumvention of Learning Increases Intoxication Efficacy of Nematicidal Engineered Bacteria ACS Synthetic Biology (2015)
Synthetic biology holds promise to engineer systems to treat diseases. One critical, yet underexplored, facet of designing such systems is the interplay between the system and the pathogen. Understanding this interplay may be critical to ...
Trematode prevalence-occupancy relationships on regional and continental spatial scales in marine gastropod hosts Marine Ecology Progress Series (2013)
The positive inter-specific relationship between local abundance and large-scale spatial occupancy is one of the most universal patterns in the distribution of species. However, evidence for the validity of this relationship in the marine realm ...
Scaling up from epidemiology to biogeography: local infection patterns predict geographical distribution in fish parasites Journal of Biogeography (2012)
Aim We investigated how the spatial distribution of parasites, measured as either their geographical range size or their frequency of occurrence among localities, relates to either their average local abundance or the variance in their ...
Natural and anthropogenic factors shape metazoan parasite community structure and composition in mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) from two estuaries in New Brunswick, Canada Folia Parasitologica (2011)
Previously published multidisciplinary studies in the Miramichi and Bouctouche rivers (New Brunswick, Canada) noted significant changes in fish health parameters, including elevated tissue levels of organic contaminants and a wide range of physiological disturbances, in ...
The biogeography of parasitism in sticklebacks: distance, habitat differences and the similarity in parasite occurrence and abundance Ecography (2011)
Similarity in parasite community composition often decreases with both increasing geographic distance and environmental dissimilarity between localities, though it is unknown whether similarity in local abundance of selected parasite species follows similar rules. We tested ...
Exposure to a mixture of zinc and copper decreases survival and fecundity of Discocotyle sagittata (Leuckart) parasitizing juvenile Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (2010)
We assessed the effects of zinc and copper on freshwater monogenean ectoparasites (Discocotyle sagittata Leuckart) infecting juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). Exposure to 47 microg/L zinc and 3 microg/L copper reduced survival and fecundity ...
Pollution and parasitism in aquatic animals: a meta-analysis of effect size Aquatic Toxicology (2009)
Numerous studies have indicated that aquatic pollution affects parasite populations and communities. However, the responses of individual taxa and functional groups to specific contaminants, and their effect sizes, have yet to be assessed quantitatively. We ...
Growth, nutritional quality and hematology of Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) exposed to toxaphene and tapeworm (Diphyllobothrium dendriticum) larvae Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (2005)
Toxaphene, an organochlorine pesticide, is the major contaminant of Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) in the Canadian Arctic. The objective of this study was to investigate the combined effects of toxaphene exposure and infection by the ...
Modeling and simulation of Caenorhabditis elegans chemotaxis in response to a dynamic engineered bacteria Biology Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2015)
Parasitic helminthes remain important causative agents of human, plant and animal diseases. Helminthes seek out food sources and navigate toward potential hosts using olfaction of simple chemical cues in a process called chemoattraction. While several ...
Nice Brain, We'll Take It! Brain Worms, Body Snatchers, and Puppet Masters CAHSS Intellectual Conversations (2014)
We like to think we're in control of our own actions. The idea of losing that control is terrifying, and has been the premise of many horror stories. Yet the truth is even stranger than ...
Deadly Parasites: Key Players in the Web of Life CAHSS Intellectual Conversations (2013)
This lecture will explore how Thomas Ray’s statement that “all successful systems attract parasites” should perhaps be reworded to “all successful systems require parasites.” Using examples from clinical medicine, environmental science, and community ecology, Blanar ...