Theora is study sea slug movement patterns and a potentially new way animals might use magnetic fields to navigate.
Theora says: Raised in Antigonish, I’m a second year student in the biology program here at X. Though I have yet to find my focus I am excited about exploring the wide world of biological studies. Some of my other passions include religious studies, sketching, bookmaking and watching bad horror movies.
I am a fourth year biology student minoring in economics. I am doing a directed study course focused on mussel antifouling. I am really looking forward to getting some research experience and applying my degree in a practical way. This project fits really well with my degree because bio fouling is a very costly issue for the commercial shipping and marine industry. After I am done my undergraduate degree, I hope to pursue a career in the healthcare field.
My interests encompass much of the diversity of animals, but my research has focused primarily on aquatic invertebrates, particularly their behaviours and nervous systems. I’m especially intrigued by how nervous systems control adaptive behaviours – responses appropriate to the cues animals encounter in their natural habitat. That makes me a neuroethologist, but my students and I follow new questions into many other areas of invertebrate zoology. I’m also keenly interested in helping students think like biologists, applying sound analytical skills to understanding organisms, and this pervades both my teaching and approach to mentoring student in research.
My professional info (CV, etc.) is here and contact details are here.
After completing my Biology degree at STFX I went through the typical “what am I going to do with my life after grad” phase. Thankfully, Russ took pity and hired me for a research position! I traveled to Bamfield, BC where I researched the effect of UV light on biofouling organisms. I’m pursuing the antifouling research and working with the talented Amelia MacKenzie this summer in Waycobah, CB. Short-term goal: convert the Wyeth lab to veganism, expand my bug collection, and enjoy a glass of pinot noir after work. Long-term goal: return to the West coast and do my masters!
Ella is supported by Nova Scotia Fisheries & Aquaculture