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I am always interested in recruiting new personnel to the lab.  If you wish to discuss opportunities for graduate studies (M.Sc. or Ph.D.), Undergraduate thesis work or Postdoctoral opportunities, please contact me by email (  In your email, please send a copy of your C.V. and a brief statement of your research interests.

If you are interested in graduate studies, please also consult the admission requirements.  You can apply at any time of the year for admission dates of Jan 1, May 1 or Sept 1, and require a minimum of a B+ average in courses taken overall in your previous degree, or during the last two years of study.

Research Areas

We are generally interested in the acoustic ‘worlds’ of animals, with a focus on insects.  We ask the following types of questions: What types of sounds and vibrations occur in an insect’s natural environment? How do they detect these stimuli, and how do sounds and sensory organs evolve under different selection pressures imposed by predators, mates, or environmental conditions?

Research projects may be conducted in the field, the lab, or a combination of the two. Please see our publications  for examples of projects.

Currently, the central focus of my research program focuses on the following: 

Ottawa and Region

Ottawa is Canada’s capital city. It’s a great place to live, work, and study. While it offers the advantages of a city, with year round festivals, fine restaurants, and twelve national museums, it is also close to nature.  In 10 minutes you can be outside of the city in the forest or on one of our many beautiful waterways. For further information on our city, see:

As a scientist, Ottawa is a fantastic place to conduct research because of the many resources available. The Biology Department at Carleton is part of a larger institute with the University of Ottawa, the OCIB (Ottawa Carleton Institute of Biology), the largest Institute in Biology for Graduate studies in Canada. Ottawa is also home to several government departments and agencies (e.g. Agriculture Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada, National Research Council of Canada). As well, over 100 companies are conducting research in medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology. The National Wildlife Research Centre laboratories are also situated at Carleton adjoined to the Nesbitt Biology Building. Carleton Biology faculty and students have close ties with these organizations.  For more information on the Biology Department at Carleton, please see:

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