Maîtrise des Sciences, Doctorat, USTL (France); Ph.D., University of Alberta (Canada)
Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
Intent on conveying the excitement of experimental work in the teaching laboratories of Biology and Neuroscience courses.
Most of my research efforts have stemmed from a fascination with larval parasites that alter the behavior of their invertebrate intermediate hosts. This “alien strategy” enhances predation of the intermediate host by the definitive host of the parasite, thus favoring transmission. To investigate the mechanisms of parasitic manipulation, one needs to be knowledgeable in many disciplines at the interface of parasitology, behavior, neurobiology, and immunology. I am continuously expanding my knowledge of these fields and applying this knowledge to the original host-parasite association that triggered my interest many years ago. I have published articles on parasitic manipulation and on the developmental neurobiology of lobsters in various journals including Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparées, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, Biological Bulletin, Journal of Neurobiology and Journal of Comparative Neurology. Some of these articles are co-authored by students.
My teaching interests also span a wide range of fields. I aim at conveying the excitement of observation, hypothesis design, bench work, data analysis, and scientific writing in the laboratories associated with Biology and Neuroscience courses. I have taught the laboratory sections of Brain, Behavior, and Cognition: An Introduction to Neuroscience (Neuro 100), Cellular and Molecular Biology (Bisc 110), Introductory Organismal Biology (Bisc 111), Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology (Bisc 203), Marine Biology (Bisc 210), Brain and Behavior (Bisc 213), Developmental Biology (Bisc 216), and Tropical Ecology (Bisc 308) with a wintersession in Belize and Costa Rica.
Between labs, I love walking around Lake Waban or relaxing for a moment in the greenhouse.