My name is Ryan Spafford and I am a second year MSc. student under Dr. Chris Lortie at York University. My research to date focuses on arthropods (primarily the class Insecta) and how their community structure (abundance, diversity, etc.) changes in habitats that are impacted by non-native plants, and reciprocally, how non-native plants respond to native arthropods in novel habitats.

My last season of field work saw me in beautiful Montana, USA, where I spent four months collecting arthropods in grassland habitat invaded by spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe).

Outside of school I enjoy collecting and photographing insects, fishing, and keeping fit with Thai boxing.