"There comes a time in every rightly constructed [person's] life when s/he
has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure."

-- Mark Twain

Full Professor (2013-present)    
Associate Professor (2008-2013)    
Assistant Professor (2003-2008)

Tula Investigator (2007-present)
Centre for Diversity & Evolution

CIFAR Fellow/Scholar (2003-present)     
Canadian Institute for Adv. Research

Integrated Biodiversity (2007-present)  
Evolutionary Biology (2003-2007)

     NSF Postdoc Fellow (2001-2003)
     Program in Microbial Biology
     University of British Columbia

     PhD - University of Georgia, Athens
     Comparative Biology (1997-2001)

     MA & BSc - Humboldt State University
     Comparative Zoology (1993-1996)

     BSc - Cal Poly State University, SLO
     Engineering Science (1993)

Email: bleander@mail.ubc.ca

 

      Dr. NAOJI YUBUKI - Research Associate, Botany/Zoology (Personal webpage)

Research Project: Evolutionary morphology and molecular phylogeny of marine predatory flagellates

Visiting: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2015)
Evolutionary Protistology Group - Ivan Cepicka & Vladimir Hampl.

Employment & Education: PDF & Research Associate (2007-present) University of British Columbia, Canada; PhD (2007), MSc (2004) University of Tsukuba, Japan; BSc (2002) Konan University, Japan. Concentration: Phylogeny and systematics of protists.

Email: yubuki@mail.ubc.ca

      Dr. MARIA HERRANZ - Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany/Zoology - Hakai Research Profile

Research Project: Diversity, evolution & functional morphology of marine meiofauna (kinorhynchs)

Employment & Education: PhD (2014) Cum laude in Biology, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain; MSc (2009) & BSc (2007) in Biology, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

Email: mherranz@mail.ubc.ca

      Dr. NIELS STEENKISTE - Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany/Zoology

Research Project: Diversity, evolution & molecular systematics of marine meiofauna (turbellarians)

Employment & Education: NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014), Pacific Biological Station, BC, Canada; PhD (2011) in Biology, Hasselt University, Belgium; MSc (2007) in Tropical Zoology University of Liege, Belgium; BSc (2003) in Biology (great distinction), Ghent University, Belgium.

Email: nielsvs@mail.ubc.ca

      Dr. ELENA ZAIKOVA - Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany/Zoology

Co-supervised with Steven Hallam, University of British Columbia

Research Project: Metagenomic analysis of extrusive episymbionts on euglenozoan hosts

Employment & Education: PhD (2014) Microbiology, University of British Columbia; BSc (2007) Marine Biology, University of British Columbia.

Email: elena_z@mail.ubc.ca

      GREG GAVELIS - PhD candidate, Zoology

Research Project: Evolution of complex organelles in dinoflagellates

Education: MSc (2010) Zoology, University of Oregon, USA; BSc (2007) Biology, Trinity College, Connecticut, USA.

Email: gavelis@zoology.ubc.ca

      SAM HUANG - MSc student, Zoology

Research Project: Diversity and evolution of heterotrophic protists.

Education: BSc (2014) Biology, University of British Columbia.

Email: samhuang@zoology.ubc.ca

      INDIA STEPHENSON - MSc student, Zoology

Research Project: Characterization of photosynthetic symbionts in marine rhabdocoels.

Education: BSc (2015) Biology, University of Oxford, UK.

Email: irhstephenson@gmail.com

      DAVIS IRITANI - MSc student, Zoology

Research Project: Diversity of gregarine parasites in marine invertebrates.

Education: BSc (2014) Biology, University of British Columbia.

Email: davisiritani@gmail.com

      REBECCA FIORITO - SURE USRA & Honours Undergraduate Student (BIOL 449), Zoology

Research Project: Characterization of novel thraustochytrids associated with Pacific sea star wasting disease.

Email: beccafrito@gmail.com

      Dr. MONA HOPPENRATH - Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology & Botany (Hoppenrath Lab webpage)

Research Project: Biodiversity and phylogeny of protists with an emphasis on dinoflagellates

Current Position: Research Scientist of Marine Botany (2008-present), DZMB - Deutsches Zentrum fur Marine Biodiversitatsforschung, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Employment & Education: PDF (2004-2007) University of British Columbia, Canada; PDF (2000-2004) AWI-BAH, Germany; PhD (2000) Botany, University of Hamburg (Wadden Sea Station, Sylt & AWI), Germany; Diplom (1995) Botany, University of Goettingen, Germany

Email: mhoppenrath@senckenberg.de

      Dr. SONJA RUECKERT - Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology (Rueckert Lab webpage)

Research Project: Ecology, evolutionary morphology and molecular phylogeny of marine gregarine apicomplexans and metazoan parasites of fish

Current Position: Senior Lecturer (2012-present), Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.

Employment & Education: Associate Professor of Invertebrate Biodiversity, Parasites (2010-2011), Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba, 5-10-1, Shimoda, Shizuoka 415-0025, Japan; PDF (2007-2010) University of British Columbia, Canada; PDF (2006-2007) Center for Tropical Marine Ecology Bremen, Germany; PhD (2006), Marine parasitology, Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf, Germany; Diploma (2001) Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Germany; BSc (1997) Biology, Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf, Germany.

Email: s.rueckert@napier.ac.uk

      Dr. HEATHER ESSON - PhD (2009) Botany, UBC (Current Lab webpage)

Research Project: Evolutionary morphology and cell biology of euglenozoans

Current Position: Research Worker (2013-present), Laboratory of Evolutionary Protistology, Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre, ASCR, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

Employment & Education: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2009-2012), University of Vienna, Austria; Ph.D. (2009) Botany, University of British Columbia, Canada; BSc (2003) Botany, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Email: esson@paru.cas.cz

      Dr. CHITCHAI CHANTANGSI - PhD (2009) Zoology, UBC (Chantangsi Lab webpage)

Research Project: Phylogeny and comparative morphology of protists

Current Position: Assistant Professor (2009-present), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Employment & Education: Ph.D. (2009) Zoology, University of British Columbia, Canada; MSc (2006) Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Canada; Undergraduate Ed., Bangkok, Thailand.

Email: chantangsi01@hotmail.com

      Dr. REBECCA RUNDELL - Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology (Rundell Lab webpage)

Research Project: Evolution, biodiversity, and conservation of marine invertebrates

Current Position: Assistant Professor, State University of New York, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, USA.

Employment & Education: G.G. Simpson Research Fellow (2011-2012), University of Arizona, Tuscon, USA; PDF (2008-2011) University of British Columbia, Canada; PhD (2008) & MS (2004) Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, USA; M.S. (2001) Zoology, University of Hawaii, USA; BS (1996) Biology, Cornell University, NY, USA.

Email: rrundell@esf.edu

      Dr. THIERRY J. HEGER - Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology (Personal webpage)

Research Project: Biodiversity, ecology, and evolutionary history of testate amoebae

Employment & Education: PDF (2010-2013) Leander Lab, University of British Columbia, Canada; PhD (2010) The Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL & The University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Current Position: PDF (2014-present) Keeling Lab, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Email: thierry.heger@botany.ubc.ca

      Dr. SUSANA BREGLIA - PhD (2012) Zoology, University of British Columbia

Research Project: Evolutionary morphology of phagotrophic euglenids and their symbionts

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2012-present), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

Employment & Education: PhD (2012) Zoology, University of British Columbia; BSc (2001) Zoology/Paleontology, University of Buenes Aires, Argentina

Email: susanabreglia@gmail.com

      Dr. AIKA YAMAGUCHI - Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology

Research Project: Biodiversity and phylogeny of marine dinoflagellates

Current Position: Research Fellow (2011-present), Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

Employment & Education: PDF (2008-2011) University of British Columbia, Canada; PDF (2007-2008) Center for Advanced Marine Core Research, Kochi University, Japan; PhD (2007) Biological Sciences, Hokkaido University, Japan; MSc (2004) & BSc (2002) Biology, Hokkaido University, Japan.

Email: aikay1120@yahoo.co.jp

      Dr. KEVIN WAKEMAN - PhD (2013) Zoology, University of British Columbia

Research Project: Biodiversity and evolutionary history of marine gregarine apicomplexans

Current Position: Assistant Professor (2015-present), University of Tokyo, Japan.

Employment & Education: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2014-2015), Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan; PhD (2013) Zoology, University of British Columbia; BSc (2010) Zoology, Department of Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, USA.

Email: wakeman.kevin@gmail.com

      SARAH SPARMANN - MSc Zoology (2012) & Lab Manager/Technician (UBC "ROAD" profile)

Research Project: Biodiversity of marine invertebrates and dinoflagellates

Education: MSc (2012) Zoology, University of British Columbia;
BSc (2008) General Biology, University of British Columbia.

Image Database: Benthic Dinoflagellates of Greater Vancouver, Canada

Email: sparmann@zoology.ubc.ca

      ROYA ESHRAGH - MSc (2013), Zoology (Biodiversity Alumni Spotlight)

Research Project: Biodiversity and molecular phylogeny of dicyemid parasites of cephalopods

Employment & Education: MSc (2013) Zoology, University of British Columbia; BSc (2010) Biology, Michigan State University, USA.

Email: eshragh@zoology.ubc.ca

      Dr. SHEHRE-BANOO MALIK - Postdoctoral Fellow (Zoology) & Junior Fellow of CIFAR (Website)

Co-supervised with Claudio Slamovitz, Dalhousie University

Research Project: General protistology and evolutionary genomics of apicomplexan parasites

Employment & Education: PDF & Junior Fellow of CIFAR (2010-2013) Dalhousie University & University of British Columbia, Canada; PDF (2007-2010) New York University, USA; PhD (2007) Biology, University of Iowa, USA; MSc (2000) Biology, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Email: banoomalik@gmail.com

      Dr. SHIHO HAYAKAWA - Research Associate, Botany & Zoology

Co-supervised with Patrick Keeling, University of British Columbia

Research Project: Organelle evolution in marine dinoflagellates (e.g., warnowiids)

Employment & Education: Research Associate (2011-2014) University of British Columbia, Canada; PDF (2007-2010) Laboratory for DNA Data Analysis, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan.

Email:shiho.hayakawa@gmail.com

      CATALIN VOINICIUC - Undergraduate Assistant Curator (2008-2010): Marine Invertebrate Collection

Current Position: Graduate student, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia

Previous Assistant Curators:
Callum Kingwell (2010-2011)
Meagan Abele (Spring 2011)
Rolanda Steenweg (Summer 2008)
Kylin Lee (Spring 2009)

      PETRA VILLETTE - NSERC USRA & Work Study Undergraduate Student, Zoology (2009-2010)

Publication: Rueckert, S., Villette, P. and Leander, B.S. 2011. Species boundaries in gregarine apicomplexans: A case study comparison of morphometric and molecular variability in Lecudina cf. tuzetae (Eugregarina, Lecudinidae). J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 58:275-283.

      SHANE LLOYD - NSERC USRA Undergraduate Student, Zoology (2004)

Research Interests: Biodiversity of marine gregarines (Apicomplexa)

Publication: Leander, B.S., Lloyd, S.A.J., Marshall, W. and Landers, S.C. 2006. Phylogeny of marine gregarines (Apicomplexa) - Pterospora, Lithocystis and Lankesteria - and the origin(s) of coelomic parasitsm. Protist 157(1):45-60.

      NSERC-USRA, BIOL 448 & 449 Undergraduate Students

Rebecca FioRito (2014-2015)
Sam Huang (Summer 2011)
Sam Sivertz (2007-2008)
Nav Kanwal (2005-2006)
Allen Larocque (Spring 2006)
Elena Zaikova (Summer 2006)
Kevin Wong (Summer 2005)
Shane Lloyd (Summer 2004)


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