Seedlings
(a.k.a. students)

Leila Forsyth – Lab Manager
(2021 – present)
leila.forsyth@utoronto.ca or lforsyth10@gmail.com

Leila is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Toronto with Dr. Benjamin Gilbert, and will be joining the Messier lab as a Post-Doctoral researcher to study intraspecific covariation and response to climate change in Picea mariana. Leila has a thing for intraspecific variation. Her PhD research aims to understand the drivers of community assembly and how they influence plant diversity across environments. To this end, her graduate research has employed multi-year field experiments to isolate and quantify the ecological mechanisms of assembly as they change through space and time. You can find her on Google scholarLinkedIn, or twitter.

Lina Aragón – PhD Candidate
(2020 – present)
laragonb@uwaterloo.ca

Lina studies the relationship between functional traits, productivity and resilience in temperate trees. She runs complementary green-house experiments on individuals and field experiments on communities. She is based at the University of Waterloo and co-supervised by Christian Messier at Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).

Émilie Seyer-Lamontagne – MSc Candidate
(2019 – present)

Émilie studies functional trait variation in the ectomycorrhizal communities associated with fir saplings. She is based at the Université de Montréal in the Chagnon lab.

Christina Rossi – Lab Technician
(W2019 – present)
camrossi@uwaterloo.ca

For her honour’s thesis, Christina tested the best methods for measuring tree growth from rings in eccentric tree cross-sections. When she isn’t working on her MSc research on plant immunity at Laurier U. in the Castroverde lab, she busies herself writing up her research for publication. As a lab technician, Christina managed the day-to-day on the Arabidopsis pilot projects.

Reshani Abayasekara – Research assistant
(F2021 – present)
raabayasekara@uwaterloo.ca

Reshani is an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo studying Honors Life Sciences with minors in mathematics and biology. In her role as a research assistant she helps projects in the greenhouse.

Cynthia Nomanee – Research assistant
(F2021 – present)
sultan.ashok.daiji@uwaterloo.ca

Cynthia is in their final year of undergrad doing their honors thesis in paleolimnology and diatoms. They hope to pursue their Master’s in Ecology. They are currently passionate about plants, writing, and weightlifting.

Ramisa Sekander – Coop research assistant
(F2021 – present)
sultan.ashok.daiji@uwaterloo.ca

Ramisa is a third year Biology student currently working her first co-op term with the Messier Lab. She enjoys helping Leila and Lina with their sample processing and hopes to pursue biological research in the future. On her days off, you can find her painting, with friends, or sipping pumpkin cream cold brews at your nearest bakery.

Propagules
(a.k.a. alumni)

Natalie Vuong – Lab Technician
(W2019 – F2021)
nhvuong@uwaterloo.ca

For her honour’s thesis, Natalie explored the relationship between tree ecophysiology and hosted communities of epiphytic bryophytes and lichens. She is currently continuing with the analyses and writing this up for publication. As a lab technician, she oversaw the Messier Lab garden (ask us about visiting!), Green Labs Initiative, this website and assisted with daily activities. On her off time, Natalie enjoys climbing, chicken nuggets, and general chaos.

Arunemathi Shanmugam – Research assistant
(S2021)
a24shanmugam@uwaterloo.ca

Arunemathi Shanmugam is a student at the University of Waterloo studying Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Ecology. As a research assistant, she helped with projects in the greenhouse.

Justin Yu – Coop research assistant
(W2021)
j423yu@uwaterloo.ca

Justin is a student at the University of Waterloo studying Environmental Science with a specialization in ecology. As a research assistant, he helped with various projects compiling and cleaning data and doing literature reviews.

Mutualists
(a.k.a. collaborators)

POSTDOC & GRADUATE ADVISORS

Dr. Mark Vellend, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Dr. Cyrille Violle, CNRS, France
Dr. Brian J. Enquist, University of Arizona, USA
Dr. Martin J. Lechowicz, McGill University, Canada
Dr. Brian J. McGill, University of Maine, USA

COLLABORATORS

Dr. Sam Wuest, Agroscope Switzerland

Dr. Bob Muscarella, Upsalla University, Sweden
Dr. François Vasseur, CEFE CNRS, France
Dr. Adrien Taudière, CEFE CNRS, France
Dr. Andrew Siefert, UC Davis, USA
Dr. Cécille Albert, CNRS, France
Dr. Daniel D. Kneeshaw, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Dr. Daniel Laughlin, University of Wyoming, USA
Dr. Jens Kattge, Max-Planck-Institute, TRY database, Germany
Dr. Kechang Niu, Nanjing University, China

INVALUABLE RESOURCES

Dr. Louise Comas, USDA – my root traits resource
Dr. John Sperry – my plant hydraulics resource
Dr. Melvin Tyree – my plant physiology resource
Dr. David Killick – my microscopy resource

FIELD AND LAB ASSISTANTS

Field Assistants:
Florencia Cappiello (2018), Nikola Tutic (2016), Anke Roth (2014), Émilie Lavoie (2012), Natasha Salter (2012), Andréanne Ferland (2011), Carol Mordy (2011), Ricardo Cossio (2008)

Lab Assistants:
Christina Rossi (2019), Natalie Vuong (2019), Mariette Laumond (2018), Gabriel Bergeron (2017), Sarah Gaignard (2016), Sierra Kaszubinski (2014), Sanga Shir (2014), Surbhi Patel (2013), Margretta Murphy  (2012-2013), John Lacson (2012-2013), Kevin Wang (2012-2013), Sarah Schwenck (2011-2012), Anjeanette McKay (2012), Casey Knoks (2012),  Meghan Iacuelli (2011-2012), Shahrzad Badie (2012), Irene Liang (2011), Jordyn Celaya (2011), Mélisanne Loiselle-Gascon (2008)

All of you make my research possible. Thanks for inspiring and motivating me.