Postgraduate Students - Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

PhD Students

agaldo Jennifer Agaldo
Ecology
The role of ants in seed dispersal and regeneratio of natural forest and degraded Afro montane grassland in Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve, Nigeria.
Supervisor: Hazel Chapman
Submitting: 1 December 2018
jennifer.agaldo@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Samuel Aguilar Arguello
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Ximena Nelson
Enrolling: 1 February 2017

nuwanNuwan Alexandrio Lawrance De Silva
Biological Sciences
Amphibola crenata as a bioindicator of aquatic contaminants in New Zealand estuaries.
Supervisor: Islay Marsden
Submitting: 31 January 2019
nuwan.alexandriolawrancedesilva@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

phoebePhoebe Argyle
Environmental Sciences
Ecology and toxin production of Gambierdiscus species from around the Pacific.
Supervisor: Islay Marsden
Submitting: 30 June 2019
phoebe.argyle@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

ghomiFatemeh Ashari Ghomi
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Prokaryotic genome annotation.
Supervisor: Paul Gardner
Submitting: 28 February 2018
fatemeh.asharighomi@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

helenaHelen Ashmead
Biochemistry
Proteins as building blocks for biological nano materials.
Supervisor: Juliet Gerrard
Submitted: 30 April 2016
Oral Defence: 12 August 2016
Conferring: TBA

marineMarine Aubert
Ecology
Are small, isolated patches sustainable? Efftects of forest fragmentation on plant-bird mutualisms and plant regeneration.
Inaugural recipient of QEII National Trust Dr Brian Molloy Doctoral Scholarship, 2013
Supervisor: Dave Kelly
Submitting: 30 April 2017

Mareike Babuder
Ecology
Supervisor: David Schiel
Enrolling: 1 February 2017

michaelMichael Bartlett
Evolutionary Biology
The influence of social status on ejaculate quality in chinook salmon (Oncohynchus tshawtscha) and implications for male reproductive success.
Supervisor: Tammy Steeves
Submitting: 31 January 2018
michael.bartlett@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

carolCarol Bedoya
Biological Sciences
Acoustic identification of unwanted organisms in import pathways.
Supervisor: Ximena Nelson/Eckehard Brockerhoff
Submitting: 31 January 2020
carol.bedoya@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

dellaDella Bennet
Biological Sciences
Tracking foraging shitts as the Hutton's shearwater (Puffinus huttoni) migrates throughout the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere.
Supervisor: Sharyn Goldstien
Submitting: 28 February 2019
della.bennet@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

georginaGeorgina Boamponsem
Biotechnology
In vitro selection and characterization of iron-efficient cell lines in Solanum tuberosum L. (potato)
Supervisor: David Leung
Submitting: 31 March 2017
georgina.addaeboamponsem@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

boddyNixie Boddy
Ecology
Importance of stream network composition and configuration for fish community resilience under changing flows
Supervisor: Angus McIntosh
Submitting: 30 June 2018
nixie.boddy@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

bernatBernat Bramon Mora
Ecology
Understanding evolution of complex traits in ecology and linguistics.
Supervisor: Daniel Stouffer
Submitting: 1 February 2019
bernat.bramonmora@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

broussardMelissa Broussard
Biological Sciences
Examining the role of large- and fine-scale landscape features on the pollination services provided by bees and flies in New Zealand field crops.
Supervisor: Jason Tylianakis
Submitting: 31 May 2018
melissa.broussard@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

fernandoFernando Cagua
Ecology
Building resilience: How do species interactions shape ecosystem collapse?
Supervisor: Daniel Stouffer/Jason Tylianakis
Submitting: 31 June 2019
fernando.caguabemudez@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

JoJo Carpenter
Ecology
Is seed dispersal in New Zealand at risk?
Supervisor: Dave Kelly
Submitting: 31 March 2020
joanna.carpenter@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Zachary Carter
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: David Schiel
Enrolling: 1 February 2017

Alyssa CirtwillAlyssa Cirtwill
Ecology
Unraveling species-level constraints in community assembly and food-web structure.
Supervisor: Daniel Stouffer
Submitted: 30 September 2016
Oral Defence: TBA
Conferring: TBA

collinskKatie Collins
Biological Sciences
Testing and developing tools for macrophyte management in Canterbury agricultural streams.
Supervisor: Jon Harding
Submitting: 30 September 2018
katie.collins@pg.ccanterbury.ac.nz

jenJennifer Crowther
Biochemistry
A physiochemical characterisation of Caprine ß-Lactoglobulin.
Supervisor: Ren Dobson
Submitting: 30 April 2017
jennifer.crowther@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Ilina Cubrinovska
Ecology
Supervisor: Tammy Steeves
Enrolling: 1 November 2016

Michael Currie
Biochemistry
Supervisor: Ren Dobson
Enrolling: 1 March 2017

soniaSonia Deng
Ecology
Interpopulation variation in the predatory strategies of mosquito-eating spiders.
Supervisor: Robert Jackson
Submitted: 30 September 2016
Oral Defence: TBA
Conferring: TBA

stephStephanie Dijkstra
Biological Sciences
Understand grain deviations in wood.
Supervisor: Ashley Garrill
Submitting: 6 January 2019
stephanie.mcrae@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Yinnon DolevYinnon Dolev
Zoology
Algorithms underlying decision making in jumping spiders (Salticidae).
Supervisor: Ximena Nelson
Submitted: 26 August 2016
Oral Defence: TBA
Conferring: TBA

Katherine DonovanKatherine Donovan
Biochemistry
Mapping the evolution of a key glycolytic enzyme
Supervisor: Ren Dobson
Submitted: 23 September 2015
Oral Defence: 1 December 2015
Conferring: 28 September 2016, Council Ceremony

eimearEimear Egan
Ecology
Early life history of Galaxius maculatus disentangling the consequences for freshwater growth and reproduction
Supervisor: David Schiel
Submitting: 30 April 2017
eimear.egan@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

manuelManuel Fernandes
Zoology
Acoustic analysis of foraging of behaviour of sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) in Kaikoura, New Zealand.
Supervisor: Ximena Nelson
Submitting: 30 January 2017
manuel.fernandes@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

flikacTom Flikac
Biology
Maximum potential growth rates in snapper and yellow-eye mullet
Supervisor: Bill Davison
Submitting: 28 February 2018
tom.flikac@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

travisTravis Foster
Biological Sciences
Competition or facilitation between co-existing foundation species, with implications for biodiversity and conservation.
Supervisor: David Schiel
Submitting: 28 February 2019
travis.foster@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

kevinKevin Fraley
Biological Sciences
Influence of stream flow on trophic position and body size of fishes.
Supervisor: Angus McIntosh
Submitting: 31 August 2019
kevin.fraley@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

zackZeyu (Zack) Fu
Biology
Identification of genes responsible for seed shattering in perennial ryegrass.
Supervisor: Paula Jameson
Submitting: 28 February 2017
zeyu.fu@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

stephanieStephanie Galla
Biology
Conservation genomic management of a critically endangered New Zealand endemic bird.
Supervisor: Tammy Steeves
Submitting: 30 September 2019
stephanie.galla@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

marta Marta Gallart Diumenge
Plant Biology
Developmental plasticity in Pinus radiata (D.Don).
Supervisor: Matthew Turnbull
Submitting: 1 July 2017
marta.gallart@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

nooshinNooshin Ghodsian
Biochemistry
Supervisor: Steven Gieseg
Submitting: 31 October 2020
nooshin.ghodsian@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

jennaJenna Gilkes
Microbiology
Analysis of the bifunctional proteins of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum.
Supervisor: Ren Dobson/Grant Smith
Submitting: 1 September 2019
jenna.gilkes@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

brandonBrandon Goeller
Biology
Trialling stream rehabilitation tools to attenuate nitrate export and improve stream health in agricultural waterways.
Supervisor: Angus McIntosh
Submitting: 31 January 2019
brandon.goeller@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

gomezCarla Gomez
Ecology
Landscape management of ecosystem services: underpinning the relationships between ecosystem service provision, land use and biodiversity.
Supervisor: Jason Tylianakis
Submitting: 30 April 2018
carla.gomez@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

qianqianQianQian Guo
Cellular & Molecular Biology
The roles of plant hormones in root development response to nitrogen.
Supervisor: Matthew Turnbull
Submitting: 31 January 2017
qianqian.guo@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Wafaa HassanWafaa Hassan
Biochemistry
An investigation of the epidermal growth factor receptor family proteins (EGFR and Her-2) and hepatocyte growth factor receptor (c-Met) in the development of advanced ovarian cancers.
Supervisor: Ashley Garrill
Submitting: 31 March 2017
wafaa.hassan@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

joeJoe Healy
Biochemistry
Using general and targeted high atomic number contrast agents and spectral x-ray computed tomography to visualize hallmarks of disease in tissue and small animal models of atherosclerosis and cancer.
Supervisor: Steven Gieseg
Submitting: 31 January 2017
joe.healy@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

chrisChris Horne
Biochemistry
Regulation of microbial sialic acid catabolim.
Supervisor: Ren Dobson
Submitting: 31 May 2019
christopher.horne@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Aliaa IdrisAliaa Idris
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Pectin localisation in disrupted and invaded plant cell walls.
Supervisor: David Collings
Submitted: 1 June 2016
Oral Defence: 12 August 2016
Conferring: 28 September 2016, Council Ceremony

Md Muzahidul Islam
Ecology
Supervisor: Jon Harding
Enrolling: 1 January 2017

gowthamGowtham Janardhanan
Biotechnology
Supervisor: David Leung
Submitting: 31 August 2020
gowtham.janardhanan@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

bethanyBethany Jose
Biological Sciences
Pathogen genomics.
Supervisor: Paul Gardner/Peter Fineran
Submitting: 31 March 2020
bethany.jose@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

aniAni Kainamu-Murchie
Environmental Sciences
Tāua ki Uta, Tāua ki Tai: Natural resource management across transition zones in New Zealand and Hawai'i.
Supervisor: Islay Marsden
Submitting: 31 March 2017
ani.kainamu@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Sang Kim
Biochemistry
Engineering cytochrome P450BM3 as biocatalyst for steroid biotransformation.
Supervisor: Juliet Gerrard
Submitting: 28 February 2017
sang.kim@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Slivis LaiAlicia Lai
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Did RNA editing emerge by chance? Decoding the evolution of RNA editing.
Supervisor: Ant Poole
Submitting: 1 February 2017
alicia.lai@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

LeeKeum-Ah Lee
Plant Biology
Enchanced tolerance to salinity stress with exogenous amino acids in ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) during germination and early seedling growth.
Supervisor: David Leung
Submitting: 1 March 2018
keum-ah.lee@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Jasmine LiewChia Sin (Jasmine) Liew
Plant Biology
The delimation and evolutionary history of Lautusoid Senecio (Asteraceae).
Supervisor: Pieter Pelser
Submitted: 30 September 2016
Oral Defence: TBA
Conferring: TBA

archieArchie MacFarlane
Ecology
Supervisor: Jim Briskie
Submitting: 30 June 2020
archie.macfarlane@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

hannahHannah McKerchar
Biochemistry
Protein crosslinking in food.
Supervisor: Ren Dobson/Jolon Dyer
Submitting: 31 January 2020
hannah.mckerchar@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

nicoleNicole McRae
Environmental Sciences
Assessing the sensitivity of native species to emerging contaminants and their mixtures.
Supervisor: Sally Gaw
Submitting: 28 February 2018
nicole.mcrae@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

iuriiIurii Malakhov
Ecology
Benthic microalgae production dynamics in the sediments of New Zealand's South Island estuaries.
Supervisor: David Schiel/Ian Hawes
Submitting: 31 January 2020
iurii.malakhov@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

melesseKumilign Melesse
Biological Sciences
A study on population genetics of New Zealand Metrosideros genus.
Supervisor: Hazel Chapman
Submitting: 31 October 2018
kumilign.melesse@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

middlemissKaren Middlemiss
Biological Sciences
Feeding the selection mechanisms produced by herd dynamics and herding interaction rules in yellow-eyed mullet and snapper.
Supervisor: Bill Davison
Submitting: 30 September 2018
karen.middlemiss@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

gabrielGabriel Moinet
Ecology
Impacts of intensive dairy farm management on soil organic carbon dynamics.
Supervisor: Matthew Turnbull
Submitted: 8 April 2016
Oral Defence: 1 June 2016
Conferring: 26 October 2016, Council Ceremony

northRachel North
Cellular & Molecular Biology
A structural and functional study of the enzymes involved in the metabolism of sialic acid in the human pathogens methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli
Supervisor: Ren Dobson
Submitted: 6 May 2016
Oral Defence: 7 September 2016
Conferring: TBA

jasperJasper Obico
Plant Biology
Taxonomic and conservation genetics studies of the Tetrastigma loheri complex.
Supervisor: Pieter Pelser/Marie Hale
Submitting: 29 February 2020
jasper.obico@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Simisola Oso
Environmental Sciences
Supervisor: Mitja Remus-Emsermann
Enrolling: 1 February 2017

Rishi PadneyRishi Pandey
Biochemistry
Self assembly of protein peptides.
Supervisor: Juliet Gerrard
Submitted: 30 July 2016
Oral Defence: TBA
Conferring: TBA

gregGreg Parker
Biochemistry
Oxidation of 7,8-dihydroneopterin and genesis of atherosclerosis.
Supervisor: Steven Gieseg
Submitting: 29 February 2020
greg.parker@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Stephen PoheSteve Pohe
Ecology
The potential impact of climatic warming on the biology of New Zealand mayflies (Ephemeroptera).
Supervisor: Jon Harding
Submitting: 31 May 2017
steve.pohe@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

justinJustin Pomeranz
Ecology
Mining impacts on freshwater food webs.
Supervisor: Jon Harding
Submitting: 31 August 2019
justin.pomeranz@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

alannahAlannah Rickerby
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Supervisor: Ant Poole
Submitting: 30 September 2020
alannah.rickerby@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Jessica RocheJessica Roche
Plant Biotechnology
The relationship between C/ N ratio, cytokinin signalling and growth in p erennial ryegrass
Supervisor: Matthew Turnbull
Submitted: 29 September 2016
Oral Defence: TBA
Conferring: TBA

runghenRogini Runghen
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Daniel Stouffer
Submitting: 31 October 2020
rogini.runghen@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

samarthSamarth Samarth
Plant Biology
Epigenetic and flexible plant memory: how past environmental cues lead to episodic mast flowering
Supervisor: Paula Jameson/Dave Kelly/Matthew Turnbull
Submitting: 29 February 2020
samarth.samarth@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

jenniferJennifer Schori
Ecology
Conservation translocation and management of Brachaspis robustus Bigelow (Orthoptera: Acrididae).
Supervisors: Tara Murray/Tammy Steeves
Submitting: 19 February 2017
jennifer.schori@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

nellieNellie Sibaeva
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Ant Poole
Submitting: 30 June 2020
nellie.sibaeva@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

sicilianoAlfonso Siciliano
Ecology
Testing when and how habitat cascades control biodiversity of marine benthic ecosystems and biodiversity.
Supervisor: David Schiel/Mads Thomsen
Submitting: 31 October 2018
alfonso.siciliano@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

ayelenAyelen Tayagui
Cellular & Molecular Biology
The role of microtubules in invasive and non-invasive hyphal growth of funi and oomycetes.
Supervisor: Ashley Garrill
Submitting: 30 June 2017
ayelen.tayagui@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

murnaMurna Tela
Ecology
The value of forest fragments in maintaining avian functional diversity and associated ecosystem services within a West African agricultural landscape.
Supervisor: Hazel Chapman
Submitting: 31 January 2020
murna.tela@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

pariyaPariya Tork
Zoology
Spatiotemporal behaviour of jumping spiders (Salticidae).
Supervisor: Ximena Nelson
Submitting: 31 January 2020
pariya.tork@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

matthewMatthew van Voorthuizen
Biotechnology
Cytokinins and wheat: toward the goal of 20 t/ha by 2020.
Supervisor: Paula Jameson
Submitting: 20 February 2017
matthew.vanvoorthuizen@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

wanteSolomon Wante
Biotechnology
Phytomanagement of diesel oil contaminated land: potential of diesel-resistant Tagetes patula L. and Petunia grandiflora Juss. plants developed using in vitro cell line selection.
Supervisor: David Leung
Submitting: 1 December 2018
solomon.wante@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

alibeAlibe Wasa
Supervisor: Jack Heinemann/Catherine Bishop
Submitting: 30 October 2020
alibe.wasa@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

serenaSerena Watkin
Biochemistry
Laminar flow devices for measuring diffusional coefficients of macromolecules and macromolecular interactions.
Supervisor: Grant Pearce/Ren Dobson/Volker Nock
Submitting: 1 November 2019
serena.watkin@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Renee Watson
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Paul Gardner
Enrolling: 1 December 2016

nicoleNicole Wheeler
Biochemistry
A profile-based method for predicting the effects of sequence variation.
Supervisor: Paul Gardner
Submitting: 28 February 2018
nicole.wheeler@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

richardRichard White
Ecology
Mechanisms of population resistance and resilience, and community assembly in a world of changing climate extremes.
Supervisor: Angus McIntosh
Submitting: 30 November 2017
richard.white@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

jonathanJonathan Williams
Microbiology
Investigation of redox molecule secreted by Arxula adeninivorans wild type and mutant strains.
Supervisor: Kim Baronian
Submitting: 28 February 2017
jonathan.williams@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

biplangBiplang Yadok
Ecology
Ecological behaviour of the African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys sp): foraging and dispersal of large-seeded species in a degraded West African Montane forest landscape.
Supervisor: Hazel Chapman
Submitting: 31 January 2019
biplang.yadok@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Amy YewdallAmy Yewdall
Biochemistry
Proteinsas supramolecular building blocks for responsive material and nanodevices.
Supervisor: Juliet Gerrard
Submitting: 31 January 2017
amy.yewdall@pg.canterbury.ac.nz