Current student

Cathal Doherty (MSc student, Geography)

Emily Daze (MSc student, Earth Sciences)EmilyDaze

I completed my undergraduate studies in Geology at McGill University. During my time there, I had the opportunity to study coastal wetland environments in a paleo-ecological context. I also gained experience using a variety of techniques in Quaternary Science. Over the summer months I worked as a park attendant at Petrie Island, one of Ottawa’s most significant wetlands. As a park attendant I spent lots of time in swamp and marsh environments on the island and gained practical knowledge about the species and systems at work in Ontario’s wetlands. All of this has led me to begin my master’s degree under Dr. Finkelstein. For my master’s I am looking forward to comparing hardwood and softwood peat from a forested wetland in southern Ontario.

Amanda Loder (PhD candidate, Geography)Amanda photo

I was born and raised in Nova Scotia, and completed my BScH in Environmental Science and MSc in Biology at Acadia University. During my undergraduate research, I studied the bioaccumulation of lead and arsenic in wetlands managed for wildlife habitat in the coastal Bay of Fundy region, where I worked out of the Beaubassin Research Station in Aulac, New Brunswick. I was keen to continue research on coastal ecosystems, and subsequently returned to Acadia University and Beaubassin to pursue a MSc in Biology, and studied restorative ecology and productivity declines in constructed wetlands. From these experiences, I developed a great interest for understanding and applying good science-based evidence in environmental management. Thus, I am excited to continue broadening my knowledge on wetlands by pursuing my PhD studies here at University of Toronto. My PhD research will focus on understanding carbon sequestration in undisturbed and restored coastal wetlands, and how wetland carbon budgets have been, and could be, affected by climate change.

Marissa Davies (PhD candidate, Earth Sciences)

IMGP3763I completed my B.Sc. (Honours) at the University of Victoria in Biology and Earth and Ocean Sciences Combined and my M.Sc. in Earth Sciences at Carleton University. During my undergraduate degree I became interested in the earth sciences because of its multidisciplinary nature. This led me to an honours project that investigated how climatic and successional changes influenced local and regional Holocene bog vegetation records and carbon accumulation on northern Vancouver Island. My master’s project investigated the relationships between benthic paleo-redox conditions and global transgressive-regressive cycles in the Late Cretaceous Polar Sea and how these factors influenced foraminiferal community assemblages. For my PhD research I am interested in investigating linkages between carbon flux variation in peatland ecosystems and biotic and climatic changes through the  Holocene, focusing on the Hudson Bay Lowlands region of northern Ontario.

Recent Alumni:

  • Dr Jennifer Adams (MSc 2010; PDF 2019), post-doc, University Waterloo
  • Dr Eunji Byun (PhD 2020), post-doc at University of Waterloo
  • Dr Magdalena Sobol (PhD 2019), lab manager at University of Guelph
  • David Bysouth (MSc 2018), currently PhD student in integrative biology, University of Guelph
  • Kristina Da Silva (MSc 2018), consulting for E-NGO
  • Dr April Dalton (PhD 2017), post-doc at Charles University [Czech Republic]