Ariuna Bagleeva

I am a Biology student interested in conservation biology and ecology – particularly ecosystem restoration and marine biology. I previously graduated from Biotechnology, so I love genetics and molecular biology as well! My research goal is to combine my lab and field skills to study species interactions and human impacts on biodiversity. Outside of school, I am a scuba diver and an amateur photographer. I also enjoy hiking, reading, and playing the piano!

Jenna Braun

I am interested in plant-insect interactions, restoration ecology and spatial ecology. In addition to biology, I really enjoy cycling, knitting and gardening.


Calvin Cho

I am interested in the effects of brome competition on native annuals under different density/spatial conditions. I enjoy drawing, weight-lifting, and am currently learning guitar.

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.

Marina Goldgisser

I am interested in ecosystem ecology, spatial ecology, and environmental justice. As a former secondary science teacher, my passion was in connecting young adults to nature. Catch me exploring the outdoors, cuddling my cats, or beating my little cousins at Super Smash Bros.

Eva Shenoda

I am a 4th year Biology student in the specialized honours program interested in animal physiology, behaviour, and the environment. I attended veterinary medical school in Egypt where I studied anatomy, physiology, and genetics. For my thesis, I am studying the effects of trees on other species such as birds and insects. Outside of my studies, I like to draw portraits, volunteer, travel and meet new people.

Stephanie Haas

Ecologist with interest in plant-animal interactions in deserts.

Ron Kleiman

Exploring biogeography and invasive plants. A huge fan of urban ecology and how we can make cities greener. Definitely making music or baking a cheesecake if it’s too cold out!

Chris 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.

Jacob Lucero

I am a community ecologist interested in connecting ecological patterns to the processes that drive them.  To do this, I use a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches, but I’m a sucker for field experiments!  I conduct most of my work at regional and global scales in hot deserts.  I enjoy most anything that gets me moving outdoors: running, biking, hiking, fishing, etc.  I have four very silly kids, which means that my TinkerToy skills are formidable.

Malory Owen

I’m interested in positive plant-animal interactions, conservation biology, spatial ecology, and science advocacy. I’m working on my Masters at York University, and I have completed my Bachelors in Zoology, Environmental Science, and Geography at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There I looked at how vegetation characteristics influence the reproductive success of female prairie voles. When I’m not doing science stuff, you can find me working on a collage or out looking for birds.

Gagan Sidhu

I am a biology major at YorkU, and I am studying the effects urban disturbances on tree health. I am also interested in a variety of different biology fields including ecology, biodiversity, cell biology, and physiology. I enjoy psychology, the classical studies, and astronomy. I am an assistant at the Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatory on campus. Outside of school I love to read, hike, and watch sports.

Ethan Owen 

I am currently completing my Bachelor’s in environmental biology at York University. From a young age, I have been passionate about herpetology, behavioural ecology, and animal conservation. I have been able to get hands on with a wide variety of reptiles including cobras, rat snakes, and pit vipers. I enjoy doing anything outdoors related from hiking and fishing to birdwatching and of course looking for snakes and other awesome reptiles! 

Tushna Avasthi

I am currently completing my final year in the Honour’s Biology Program at York University. As a nature-lover, I have been interested in conservation and restoration ecology, trying to find ways to restore our ecosystems from human degradation to more natural and sustainable states. I love outdoor adventures! You can find me on hikes, running, swimming, or at a local coffee shop.