Jenna Braun

I am interested in plant-insect interactions, restoration ecology and spatial ecology. I completed my undergrad at McMaster University in biology and environmental science and my previous experiences include examining insect communities in restored and remnant tallgrass prairie sites, cataloguing local forest diversity and structure, and creating a permanent forest dynamics plot. In addition to biology, I really enjoy cycling, knitting and gardening.


Tonia Cichella

I studying environmental biology at York University. Currently, I am doing research on pollinators and plant-insect interactions, as well as the conditions surrounding sexual vs asexual reproduction in rotifers. When I’m not studying biology, I’m most likely reading a book.


Alex Filazzola

I am interested in positive interactions, restoration ecology, and biological conservation/sustainability. Currently, I am studying plant facilitation and its restoration applications in Californian deserts. I enjoy greatly biology and what I do, but I also live a second life as a die-hard music enthusiast.



Nargol Ghazian 
My interest lies in examining the frequency and abundance of different animal species through data extracted from camera trap photos. Currently I am studying the above parameter from pictures in the Californian desert in hopes of finding the link between certain interactions. I also enjoy cooking as much as eating.

Stephanie Haas

Ecologist with interest in plant-animal interactions in deserts.


Christopher Lortie
I am an integrative scientist. I enjoy creative challenges but hate puzzles. I love being outside. I love to run. Plants are cool. I want to learn how to build interaction networks. Here is my personal website:


Diana Pik

I am a biology undergraduate student at York University. I am fascinated by the large scale effects of seemingly inconspicuous ecological phenomena such as eutrophication, plant secondary metabolites, and pollinator trends. Currently, I am doing research on trap camera data extraction, plant density series experimental tests, and pollinator video analysis. I love visiting the ocean.