People

Carmen Ucciferri

My name is Carmen Ucciferri and I am from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I am going into my second year at StFX University, with the hopes of graduating with a Joint Honors in Biology and Math. I was always interested in participating in some type of research before I was done my undergraduate degree, and so this summer, I decided to become a part of the Wyeth Lab and to take on the task of studying the behavioural response to predator odours in the species of snail Lymnea stagnalis. I will be testing the snail’s responses in both flow and no flow condition using crayfish, which are a natural predator to this species of snail. While snails may not sound very exciting to some, I can’t wait to spend the summer working with them to further understand their behaviour!

Meaghan MacDonald

My name is Meaghan MacDonald, I am entering my third year at StFX and working towards completing a BSc in biology with a math minor. This is my first summer on the research team and I will be working on testing antifouling treatments in the Bras D’or lakes. I am from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and grew up spending my summers by the ocean. I am excited that I can still enjoy spending time on the water through research. After my undergrad I plan to attend grad school with a focus in the medical field.

Meg Davies

I am a second year student, originally from Caledon Ontario, working towards my BSc in Biology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I have embarked on a journey to become a veterinarian.  I enjoy sciences and since a young age I have been passionate about animals. In previous summers I have volunteered with Rowland Mobile Veterinary Services and Southdown Animal Clinic, both in Ontario. This summer I am studying behavioral toxicology in the American Lobster. I’ll be working as a research assistant with Ella Maltby on this project. Along with animals, my interests include the performing arts. Whether it be playing a musical instrument, singing, participating in the dramatic arts or dance, I have experienced and enjoyed it all.

Rachel Webber

I graduated from Oregon State University with B.S. degrees in wildlife science and psychology, interested in animal cognition and using wildlife behaviors to help solve conservation problems. I’ve worked on projects with wild rodents, mule deer, elk, tree swallows, violet-green swallows, captive gray wolves, drafting a Conservation Efforts Assessment Plan, and investigating canine understanding of probability.

 I have also worked for the US Forest Service as a summer wildlife technician for two seasons, USGS and BLM as a feral horse and burro research technician, and contracted with the Oregon Department of Forestry as a marbled murrelet surveyor. I was accepted into the StFX Biology MSc program, and will be investigating lobster bait preferences and behavior around food sources. After I complete my master’s degree, I hope to move on to a Ph.D. in wildlife behavior and conservation.

Emmerson Wilson

My name is Emmerson Wilson, I am a third year biology student at Saint Francis Xavier University and am working towards completing an honours in biology with a minor in economics. I have been working at Wyeth lab doing research on potential environmentally friendly antifouling treatments. My biggest passion is the outdoors, and so I spend my summers leading white water canoe trips throughout Canada.

Aaron Cogger

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I am a fourth year student working towards my BSc in Aquatic Resources and Biology. I have always been interested in animal behaviour and conservation so taking these programs at StFx seemed like a perfect choice for me.  This summer I am working as a research assistant, mainly dealing with behavioural toxicology in the American Lobster. I am very excited to be working with Dr. Wyeth and Ella Maltby on this project and am excited to see what we can discover. After my undergrad, I hope to continue on with my studies in marine sciences.

Kero Youssef

34308078_1517803748328419_4643162609674092544_nI am a second year student with a major in biology. Born in Egypt, I have lived in Montreal for 7 years before moving to Antigonish. I am very excited to start doing research this summer, as I will be able to learn new things and gain a lot of experience. I will be working with Alex, studying gene expression in the nervous system of Lymnaea. Doing this research will also help me prepare to do a master’s degree after graduating, in hope of applying to medical school in the future. My other hobbies include playing soccer, video games and watching anime.

Katerina Basque

 

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I’m a second year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program, and I’m from We’koqma’q First Nation. I had not aimed towards going into science until I heard of this research project that was involving my own community. I’m honoured to take this position doing research for the summer involving anti-fouling. It’s amazing to be able to experience a different environment and also to be a part of this project because it’s beneficial to my community. I’m very glad that I got the opportunity to open a whole new world to me in the biology and chemistry departments. I’m really looking forward to spending the summer doing research, and will be testing anti-fouling materials in We’koqma’q with Michelle Hodgson.

Michelle Hodgson

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I am a fourth year Honours student doing a BSc with a concentration in Ecology. I am returning to the Wyeth lab for my second year as a research student to complete my Honours Thesis. I will be working with Rachel Webber and investigate lobster behavior response to various bait options near Cribbons Point, Nova Scotia.

I entered St.FX as a mature student and since then, I have been involved in three research projects. After my first year, I worked in Brier Island studying Canada’s rarest plant, Geum peckii. I joined the Wyeth lab after my second year to study antifouling methods for aquaculture netting. I am enthusiastic to start this year’s project, and plan to do a Master’s degree in Wildlife Conservation after completing my undergraduate degree.

Sophie LeBlanc

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I am a fourth year student pursuing my BSc in Honours Chemistry. I am originally from Ottawa, and for the past two summers I have worked at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute researching rare genetic disease including developing a zebrafish animal model for Pyridoxine-Dependent Epilepsy. This year I am working on developing environmentally-friendly antifouling surfaces for marine aquaculture, specifically against mussel fouling in the Bras D’Or lakes in Cape Breton as part of my thesis work. After my undergraduate degree, I am interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and I hope to someday have the opportunity to join Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). I would like to always be involved in research in some capacity throughout my career. My other interests and hobbies include drawing and painting, singing and playing guitar, running, playing soccer, skiing, being a coxswain on the StFX Rowing Team and a member of the StFX Tennis Team, hiking and traveling.