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
jennifer.agaldo@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Samuel Aguilar Arguello
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Ximena Nelson
samuel.aguilararguello@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

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

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

Mareike Babuder
Ecology
Supervisor: David Schiel
mareike.babuder@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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
michael.bartlett@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

carolCarol Bedoya
Biological Sciences
Acoustic identification of unwanted organisms in import pathways.
Supervisor: Ximena Nelson/Eckehard Brockerhoff
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
della.bennet@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

bernatBernat Bramon Mora
Ecology
Understanding evolution of complex traits in ecology and linguistics.
Supervisor: Daniel Stouffer
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
melissa.broussard@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

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

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

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

ilinaIlina Cubrinovska
Ecology
Supervisor: Tammy Steeves
ilina.cubrinovska@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

elizabethElizabeth Dunn
Biochemistry
Supervisor: Ashley Garrill
elizabeth.dunn@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

flikacTom Flikac
Biology
Maximum potential growth rates in snapper and yellow-eye mullet
Supervisor: Bill Davison
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
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
kevin.fraley@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

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

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

nooshinNooshin Ghodsian
Biochemistry
Supervisor: Steven Gieseg
nooshin.ghodsian@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

jennaJenna Gilkes
Microbiology
Analysis of the bifunctional proteins of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum.
Supervisor: Ren Dobson/Grant Smith
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
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
carla.gomez@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
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
joe.healy@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

gowthamGowtham Janardhanan
Biotechnology
Supervisor: David Leung
gowtham.janardhanan@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

bethanyBethany Jose
Biological Sciences
Pathogen genomics.
Supervisor: Paul Gardner/Peter Fineran
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
ani.kainamu@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Sang Kim
Biochemistry
Engineering cytochrome P450BM3 as biocatalyst for steroid biotransformation.
Supervisor: Juliet Gerrard
sang.kim@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
keum-ah.lee@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

archieArchie MacFarlane
Ecology
Supervisor: Jim Briskie
archie.macfarlane@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

hannahHannah McKerchar
Biochemistry
Protein crosslinking in food.
Supervisor: Ren Dobson/Jolon Dyer
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
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
iurii.malakhov@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

melesseKumilign Melesse
Biological Sciences
A study on population genetics of New Zealand Metrosideros genus.
Supervisor: Hazel Chapman
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
karen.middlemiss@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

gregGreg Parker
Biochemistry
Oxidation of 7,8-dihydroneopterin and genesis of atherosclerosis.
Supervisor: Steven Gieseg
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
steve.pohe@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

runghenRogini Runghen
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Daniel Stouffer
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
samarth.samarth@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

pariyaPariya Tork
Zoology
Spatiotemporal behaviour of jumping spiders (Salticidae).
Supervisor: Ximena Nelson
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
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
solomon.wante@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

alibeAlibe Wasa
Microbiology
Supervisor: Jack Heinemann/Catherine Bishop
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
serena.watkin@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Renee Watson
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Paul Gardner
renee.watson@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

nicoleNicole Wheeler
Biochemistry
A profile-based method for predicting the effects of sequence variation.
Supervisor: Paul Gardner
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
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
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
biplang.yadok@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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