Brian Leander


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

  • Hakai Res. Affiliate (2018-present)
  • Quadra Island & Calvert Island, BC

  • Tula Investigator (2007-2017)
  • Centre for Diversity & Evolution

  • Fellow/Senior Fellow (2003-2017)
  • Canadian Inst. for Adv. Research

  • 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)
Current Lab Members



Dr. MARIA HERRANZ
Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany/Zoology

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

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

Email: mherranz@mail.ubc.ca




Dr. NIELS VAN STEENKISTE
Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany/Zoology

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

Education: NSERC PDF (2012-2014), Pacific Biological Station, Canada; PhD (2011) Hasselt Univ.; MSc (2007) Univ. Liege; BSc (2003) Ghent Univ., Belgium.

Email: nielsvs@mail.ubc.ca




ELIZABETH HERBERT
MSc student, Zoology

Research Project: Diversity of thraustochytrids/labyrinthulids associated with sea star wasting disease.

Education: BSc (2017) Biology, University of British Columbia.

Email: lizzie.herb@gmail.com




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




PHIL ANGEL - MSc student, Zoology

Research Project: Evolution of dicyemids and haplozoon parasites in marine invertebrates.

Education: BSc (2017) Biology, University of Ottawa.

Email: philhangel@gmail.com




LIZ COONEY - PhD student, Botany
Co-supervised with Patrick Keeling

Research Project: Evolution of rhodopsin genes across the tree of dinoflagellates.

Education: MSc (2016) Western Washington University; BSc (2010) University of Oregon.

Email: lizcooney22@gmail.com

Former Lab Members



Dr. NAOJI YUBUKI
Research Associate, Botany/Zoology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany/Zoology

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

Current Position: PDF (2017-present) University of Paris SUD, France.




Dr. ELENA ZAIKOVA
Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany/Zoology
Co-supervised with Steven Hallam

Research Project: Metagenomic analysis of extrusive episymbionts on euglenozoan hosts

Current Position: PDF (2017-present), Georgetown University, Wash. D.C. USA.




Dr. GREG GAVELIS
PhD (2011 - 2015) Zoology, UBC
Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology (2016)

Research Project: Evolution of complex organelles in dinoflagellates

Current Position: PDF (2017-present), Arizona State University, USA.




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

Research Project: Biodiversity and phylogeny of dinoflagellates

Current Position: Research Scientist (2008-present), DZMB, Germany.




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

Research Project: Ecology and evolution of marine gregarine apicomplexans and metazoan parasites of fish.

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




Dr. HEATHER ESSON
PhD (2009) Botany, UBC

Research Project: Evolution and development of euglenozoans

Current Position: Research Scientist - Laboratory of Evolutionary Protistology, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.




Dr. CHITCHAI CHANTANGSI
PhD (2006-2009) Zoology, UBC
(Chantangsi Lab webpage)

Research Project: Diversity and molecular phylogeny of marine cercozoans

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




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.




Dr. THIERRY J. HEGER - Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology (Hakai Profile)

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

Current Position: Assistant Professor (2017 - present), University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland.




Dr. SUSANA BREGLIA
PhD (2012) Zoology, UBC

Research Project: Evolution of phagotrophic euglenids and their symbionts

Current Position: Research Associate (2016-present), PDF (2012-2016), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.




Dr. AIKA YAMAGUCHI
Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology (2008-2011)

Research Project: Biodiversity and phylogeny of marine dinoflagellates

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




Dr. KEVIN WAKEMAN
PhD (2010 - 2013) Zoology, UBC

Research Project: Diversity and evolutionary history of marine gregarine apicomplexans

Current Position: Assistant Professor (2016-present), Hokkaido University, Integrated Science Program, Japan.




DAVIS IRITANI
MSc (2015-2017) Zoology, UBC

Research Project: Diversity of gregarine parasites in marine invertebrates.

Current Position: PhD student (2017 - present), Hokkaido University, Integrated Science Program, Japan.




SARAH SPARMANN
MSc (2010 - 2012) Zoology, UBC
Lab Manager/Technician (2012 - 2014)

UBC "ROAD" profile

Research Project: Molecular systematics of jellyfish and dinoflagellates




ROYA ESHRAGH
MSc (2011-2013) Zoology, UBC

Biodiversity Alumni Spotlight

Research Project: Molecular systematics of dicyemid parasites of Pacific cephalopods




Dr. SHEHRE-BANOO MALIK
Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology

Co-supervised with Claudio Slamovitz, Dalhousie University

Research Project: Evolutionary genomics of apicomplexan parasites.




Dr. SHIHO HAYAKAWA
Research Associate, Botany
Co-supervised with Patrick Keeling
(2011-2014)

Research Project: Organelle evolution in marine dinoflagellates (warnowiids)




REBECCA FIORITO - Honours Undergraduate Student, Zoology
(2014-2016)

Publication: FioRito, R., Leander, C.A. and Leander, B.S. 2016. Characterization of three novel isolates of Labyrinthulomycota associated with sea star wasting syndrome. Marine Biology. 163:170-180.




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

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 157:45-60.




PETRA VILLETTE - NSERC USRA Undergraduate Student, Zoology (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. J. Euk. Microbiol. 58:275-283.




JANE YANGEL - Undergraduate Research Student, Zoology (2016-2018)

Publication: Herranz, M., Yangel, E. and Leander, B.S. 2017. Descriptions of two mud dragon species (Kinorhyncha, Echinoderidae) from the northeastern Pacific Ocean: Echinoderes hakaiensis sp. nov. and E. pennaki, Higgins 1960. Marine Biodiversity. (23 pages)




Other NSERC-USRA, BIOL 448 & 449 Undergraduate Students

  • Sam Huang (Summer 2011)
  • Catalin Voiniciuc (2008-2010)
  • Sam Sivertz (2007-2008)
  • Nav Kanwal (2005-2006)
  • Allen Larocque (Spring 2006)
  • Elena Zaikova (Summer 2006)
  • Kevin Wong (Summer 2005)

Departments of Zoology and Botany
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Email: bleander@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: 604 822 2474
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