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

PhD Students

iverenIveren Abiem
Ecology
Supervisor: Hazel Chapman
iveren.abiem@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

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

samuelSamuel Aguilar Arguello
Biological Sciences
Are spatial abilities in jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) related with environmental complexity?
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

mareikeMareike 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

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

michaelMichael Currie
Biochemistry
Supervisor: Ren Dobson
michael.currie@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

jamesJames Davies
Biochemistry
Supervisor: Ren Dobson
james.davies@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

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

nooshinNooshin Ghodsian
Biochemistry
Effect of dihydroneopterin on CD36 and lipid levels in macrophages.
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

kyrinKyrin Hanning
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Mitja Remus-Emsermann
kyrin.hanning@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

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

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

jonathanJonathan Nunez Potes
Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Matthew Turnbull
jonathan.nunezpotes@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

simisolaSimisola Oso
Environmental Sciences
Supervisor: Mitja Remus-Emsermann
simisola.oso@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

sabaiSabai SawShwe
Biotechnology
Supervisor: David Leung
sabai.sawshwe@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

rudolfRudolf Schlechter
Microbiology
Supervisor: Mitja Remus-Emsermann
rudolf.schlechter@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

channellChannell Thoms
Environmental Sciences
Kekewai (Paranephrops zealandicus) and Kākahi (Echyridella menziesi) as biological tools and indicators for stream restoriation.
Supervisor: Islay Marsden
channell.thoms@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

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

ziqiZiqi Yu
Biochemistry
Supervisor: Grant Pearce
ziqi.yu@pg.canterbury.ac.nz