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Graduate Students

Conrad Wilson

Ph.D. Student, Carleton University (co-supervised with Hillary Maddin)

Project: Evolutionary dynamics of early ray-finned fishes

Originally from Vancouver, Conrad completed a BSc. and MSc. at the University of Calgary. There, he described ray-finned fishes from the earliest Carboniferous of Nova Scotia with a view to better understanding end-Devonian mass extinctions and their consequences. These ray-finned fishes showed a wide range of functional diversity, raising more questions about their evolution. As a PhD student he seeks to investigate the evolution of Palaeozoic fish faunas more broadly. Outside of research, he enjoys mysteries, video games, and running with his dog.

NSERC CGS-D recipient 


Jeffrey Yee

M.Sc. student, Carleton University (co-supervised with Hillary Maddin)

Project: Mechanisms regulating timing of limb development in amphibians 

Jeffrey hails from Calgary. He spent his undergraduate years at Mount Royal University and worked as a research assistant in a biomedical lab at the University of Calgary.  Inspired by a longstanding interest in paleontology and the diversity of specialized vertebrate limbs, Jeffrey is broadly interested in the molecular mechanisms that regulate limb development timing and morphology, and the origin of diverse morphologies among limbs. Current work is focused on genes determining limb identity, and their function in synchronously developing amphibian species: Eleuthyrodactlyus coqui and Plethodon cinereus.

Funded by NSERC NFRF program


Undergraduate Researchers

Alexandra Weber

Undergraduate researcher, Carleton University

Project: Skeletal anatomy of killifish

Alex hails from Mississauga, ON. She is a 2nd Year undergraduate student pursuing an honours biology BSC and recently began a minor in earth science, with hopes to open even more opportunities for learning. She is currently collaborating with Gillian Watson (another undergraduate researcher) on the snake project, and is beginning an adventure into the wonderland of CT reconstruction with fish scans done recently around the lab.

Gillian Watson

Undergraduate researcher, the University of Ottawa

Project: Coiling directions in snake embryos

Gillian is a 3rd year undergraduate student from the University of Ottawa.  She is busy contacting collections managers and curators across North America to document coiling in snake embryos in ovo, testing whether this asymmetry varies in frequencies and directions within populations, between species, and across lineages.

Lab Alumna

Emily Dyer

Carleton University

Project: Ordovician vertebrate remains from the Ottawa Valley

Emily is a 4th year undergraduate from the Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University. Using SEM on hard-to-prepare samples, she searches for elusive Ordovician vertebrates that inhabited the ancient waters of National Capital Region – some of the earliest true fishes (the crown-group vertebrates) known from North America.