Lab members

Email addresses for most lab members are first initial, surname,

Zoe V. Finkel

Environmental Science, Canada Research Chair in Marine Environmental Ecology

My research interests focus on the eco-physiological controls of phytoplankton community structure, feedbacks between phytoplankton community structure and climate change, and the macroevolutionary history of phytoplankton communities. (Google scholar, Researcher ID B-9626-2008, ORCID 0000-0003-4212-3917.)

Andrew J. Irwin

Mathematics & Computer Science

I use mathematical models to study the marine biosphere, models of phytoplankton growth, and environmental influences on the distribution of phytoplankton in the upper ocean. (Google scholar, Researcher ID B-2245-2008, ORCID 0000-0001-7784-2319.)

Research associate

Lab technicians


Technical assistant

  • Peter Irwin

Graduate students

  • Jonathan Bradet-Legris (M.Sc. candidate, Statistics)

Undergraduate students


Past members

  • Dr Ina Benner (now at UCLA)
  • Michael Bradet-Legris (Math & Computer Science, 2017)
  • Dr Chris Brown (Google scholar)
  • Thomas Hammond (Economics, Math & Computer Science, 2017)
  • Justin Laforest (Earth & Environmental Science, St FX, 2017)
  • Aneri Garg (Environmental Science, 2015-16)
  • Margaux Daly (Environmental Science, 2016)
  • Nils Guelzow (Post-doc, 2014-15)
  • Julie Koester (Post-doc, 2012-14; currently at UNC Wilmington)
  • Johnathan Carter (Environmental Science honours student, 2013-14; currently a graduate student at Memorial University)
  • Katherine Sheridan (Biochemistry honours student, 2013-14)
  • Tyson Burris (Biology honours student, 2013-14)
  • Crispin Mutshinda (Post-doc, Mathematics, 2011-13)
  • Laura Boyd (Environmental Science honours student, 2012-13; currently traveling the world)
  • Zoe Frolking (Environmental Science honours student, 2012-13; currently at the UNC School of Public Health for a M.Sc. in environmental science and engineering)
  • Andrew MacLean (Computer Science / Physics summer student in 2013)
  • Nick Manuel (Mathematics/Economics summer student in 2013)
  • Andrew Barton (Post-doc, 2011-12; currently at Princeton University/GFDL)
  • Melissa Grey (NSERC post-doc, 2010-12; currently Curator of Palaeontology at Joggins Fossil Institute)
  • Yaping Wu (Post-doc 2010-2011; currently Assistant professor at Xiamen University)
  • Liz Kerrigan (Environmental Science honours student, 2010-11; currently a graduate student at Dalhousie University Oceanography)
  • Greg Legere (Computer Science, 2011)
  • Susan Sharpe (Biochemistry honours student, 2010-11; M.Sc. Dalhousie, and now back in our lab)
  • Helena van Tol (Environmental Science honours student, 2010-11; currently a graduate student at the University of Washington)
  • Andrew Nelles (Mathematics and Computer Science student, 2010)
  • Georgia Klein (Post-doc 2010-11, now at Dalhousie University)
  • Zhi Ping Mei (Post-doc 2007-10; currently Assistant professor at Shantou University)
  • Bingzhang Chen (Post-doc 2009-10; currently Assistant professor at Xiamen University)
  • Martina Loebl (Post-doc 2008-10; currently at the University of Bremen)
  • Ying Yu (Ruby) Hu (Post-doc 2008-10)
  • Tufail Malik (Post-doc 2007-09; currently at Khalifa University)
  • Pam Sargent (Mathematics and Computer Science 2009, 2011; currently at a graduate student at UBC in Mathematics)
  • Nicole McMillan (Math & Computer Science 2009)
  • Daniel Blanchette (Math & Computer Science 2009)
  • Thomas Stone (MMaB lab technician 2007-08)
  • Kelly Regan (Biology honours student, 2007-08; M.Sc. University of Guelph)
  • Kyle Matheson (Biology honours student, 2007-08; M.Sc. MUN)
  • Christophe Six (Biochemistry post-doc, 2005-2007; currently at Universit√© Paris VI & CNRS)
  • Ha (Vivien) Nguyen (Math & Computer Science, 2007; M.Sc. in Engineering at Queen's (2009- ))
  • Jesse McNichol (Biology, 2007; currently a graduate student at WHOI/MIT)
  • Colin Jacob-Vaillancourt (research technician, 2006-07; currently a Science educator, Quebec)
  • Hannah MacDonald (Environmental Science, 2006; currently Junior project manager Biogenie Corp., Edmonton)
  • Karsten Hempel (Computer Science, 2006)
  • Stephen Murray (Math & Computer Science, 2005-06; M.Sc. in Mathematics at McMaster (2008- )
  • Jenny Tennent (Physics, 2005)