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The Campbell Group & Plant Evolutionary Ecology Lab

Graduate Students

Rebecca J. Parker
Zachary Teitel

Rebecca J. Parker

BSc (Dalhousie)     (for Becky's abbreviated CV click here)

MASc Candidate: Broadly, I am interested in applied ecological studies. In recent years, a budding interest in genetic technology has lead me to work in the growing field of ecological genetics, first in aquaculture and now in terrestrial plant ecology. Having long been fascinated by the processes behind invasion, hybridization, and evolution, I'm now interested in sorting out the contribution of genes to the dynamism of biological systems. The remainder of my time with Ryerson will be focused on looking at these two areas:

1. The contribution of intergenerational effects to phenotypic plasticity

2. Using environmental barcoding to detect rare and invading species

Zachary Teitel

Hon. BSc (University of Toronto)

MSc Candidate (Ryerson University): Broadly, I am interested in the evolution and ecology of plant mating systems with respect to climate change, as well as the effect of hybridization on plant fitness and its role for conservation practice. I conducted my undergraduate thesis on sexual dimorphism in plant resource allocation in the Barrett Lab. Since then, I have done work as a research assistant on various animal behaviour studies. First, looking at pollinator foraging behaviour on plant fitness at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and then investigating cooperative breeding systems in meerkats and pied babblers at the Kalahari Meerkat Project and the Pied Babbler Research Project. For my MSc, I will be investigating demographic and fitness effects of various evolutionary lineages on a hybridizing plant."

Undergraduate Students

Agnieszka Klimowski

Agnieszka Klimowski

BSc Candidate (Ryerson)  

I am currently conducting my undergraduate thesis with Dr. Campbell. My research aims at better understanding the role that thermodynamics play in photosynthesis by looking at how temperature differentials between the roots and shoots of plants influence their photosynthetic rates. I plan on continuing my education in the environmental field.

Lesley G. Campbell

Dr. Lesley G. Campbell

Assistant Professor

BSc, MSc  (University of Guelph); PhD (Ohio State University)

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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Campbell Group Alumni and where they are now

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock

MSc candidate - Trent University - Environmental and Life Sciences(Program) in Ecology and Conservation Biology (Specification)

Current Supervisor: Dr. Paul Frost.


I did my Undergradate research thesis with Lesley at the Koffler Scientific Reserve in King City, Ontario.  My thesis examined maternal effects (water availability) as a trans generational contributor to phenotypic plasticity in wild radishes (raphanus raphanistrum).  I am currently working on the Lake Ecosystem Nano-Silver Project at Trent University, the project was/is being conducted at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).  My thesis is examining the responses in both structure and function of natural fresh water bacteria and archaea communities to silver nano particles.