Faculty Research and Scholarly Activity
Dr. A. Arndt: Development of PCR primers for the analysis of ancient moose DNA (Alces alces) from a Cree burial site; genetic assessment of post-glacial population expansion in the sea cucumber Cucumaria pseudocurata; development of microsatellite markers for C. pseudocurata; genetic structure of shore crab (Hemigrapsus nudus) populations in BC Based on mitochondrial DNA; molecular assessment of species status of the whistling duck Dendrocygna viduata; comparison of plant diversity in mature versus harvested/replanted forests.
Dr. J. Bedard: Joined the department in 2012 and is actively involved in Drosophila genomics.
Christine Dalton: Development of ecological course for non-major; collaboration with English Department on the development of better writing skills for science major. She created a proposal for an environmental sustainability cohort for sciences.
Beth Gillespie: worked on cabbage seed pod weevil project during sabbatical; has attended several biological control conferences.
Dr. S. Gillies: Collaborates with Steve Marsh (UFV Geography), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Woods Hole Research Center as members of the Global Rivers Observatory (htt;://www.globalrivers.org/). She collaborates with Dr. Clements (TWU) on invasive knotweed species, and Dr. A. Janmaat on invasive purple loosestrife. She collaborates with Dr. B. Crump (U.of Maryland) on the identification of DNA from freshwater bacterial communities. Several posters have been presented at various scientific meetings. Co-author and co-editor with Dr. S. Hewitt, Grant McEwan University, on a text book supplement: Biology on the Cutting Edge, Pearson Publishing 2011, currently working on a second edition.
Patrick Harrison: Ecology and biodiversity of soil fungal organisms; the effect of pesticides on fungal biodiversity; collaboration on the development of an interactive plant key.
Dr. A. Janmaat: The effect of abiotic and biotic factors on insect herbivory and the impact of herbivory on the host plant population; An Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) project on the effect of riparian vegetation on stream temperature. A number of manuscripts are being prepared on past research projects.
Dr. V. Marlatt: Histological analysis of the Pacific tree frog tadpoles exposed to the antibacterial agent and environmental contamination Triclosan; will be starting a research project this summer with a senior scientist at SNC-Lavalin (Burnaby) to examine correlations between intertidal zone biodiversity and contaminants in Howe Sound, British Columbia; supervise one student in the Honours Program since starting at UFV in August 2011.
Dr. G. Schmaltz: Foraging behaviour in group-living birds. Avian mating systems (microsatellites). Collaboration with Dr. Steve Schoech (U Memphis) on sex steroid levels in birds and their effect on behaviour.
Dr. T. Starr: Research over the past several years has been concentrated on two diseases: Johnes Disease (JD) in dairy cattle and Crohn’s Disease in humans, which concentrated on the genetic relationship between these two diseases; investigated the prevalence levels of the pathogen mycobacterium paratuberculosis (MAP the causative agent of JD) in the Fraser Valley.
Dr. A. Stea: Research emphasis on environmental issues including: the toxic effect of commonly used pesticide pollutants found in a local watershed (Nathan Creek) on the embryological development of salmon species (carried out with undergraduate students and data presented at an International Congress of Toxicology Meeting in 2007); three manuscripts resulted from this research.
Dr. S. Thomas: Cloning and analysis of an operon responsible for bacterial bioluminence as well as the adjacent downstream region. This work led to the additional characterization of a putative gene involved in multidrug efflux of a variety of substrates as well as a gene that may function as a hemolysin. In addition, this entire region of the chromosome is being studied to determine if these genes are co-regulated in these bacteria. Additional studies include the isolation of indigenous bacteria from the Fraser Valley that are involved in hydrocarbon biodegradation and surfactant production with the goal of attempting to address environmental sustainability in the Fraser Valley.
Dr. D. Wheeler: Vancouver Avian Research Centre involving passerine bird banding and biometric data collection, and the use of old field habitat for migratory and local birds; the use of wildlife photography as an educational aid; collaboration of the development of an interactive plant key; development of the UFV insect collection.
Dr. R. Wilen: Focussed on the isolation and characterization of apoplastic proteins that appear to have antifreeze properties. Co-supervisor of PhD student investigating agronomic potential of growing haskap in the Fraser Valley.