We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). We want to actively contribute to eliminate unconscious biases and racism in science by taking the following goals and actions:


1.     Increase access by under-represented groups (pre-university)

a.     Partner with organizations responsible for defending the interests of under-represented groups in science

b.     Students are expected to include tangible EDI actions as part of their research projects (e.g., organize an outreach activity)

c.     Undertake regular outreach activities in coordination with partner organizations


2.     Increase access by under-represented groups (during graduation)

a.     Communicate research employment opportunities to all student groups

b.     Ensure that all lab members are involved in the recruitment process

c.     Advocate for more funding opportunities specific to under-represented groups


3.     Eliminate unconscious bias and increase career readiness in science (during graduation)’

a.     All members of the lab must complete unconscious bias training

b.     The lab group works as a team in a safe space environment where we meet at least twice weekly (journal club and lab meeting)

c.     EDI barriers, strategy and action items are discussed regularly


4.     Increase retention in science and ensure career success (pos-graduation)

a.     Lab alumni are continuously supported post-graduation (e.g., letters of recommendation, opportunities to collaborate, etc.)


If you'd like to learn more about what we do in the lab please get in touch. Send me an email or just stop by.


Several graduate students have successfully graduated and they all have either found jobs in the field or other academic research opportunities. This has been possible despite the fact that Algoma does not currently offer a graduate program. However, through Adjunct status at other universities I can advise students that obtain their degrees from those institutions. This actually opens the door to collaborations and more opportunities for students. If you are interested please let me know about your academic background, research experience and interests and when you would like to start. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for funding and serve as teaching assistants or sessional lecturers. This will be beneficial  financially and professionally. Check with me if funding opportunities are available.

 If you are a foreign student interested in joining the lab I will help you prepare applications to funding agencies in your country of origin.

Currently, graduate students in our lab are co-supervised by:


Dr. Kari E. Dunfield - University of Guelph

Dr. Justine Karst - University of Alberta

Dr. Frederique Guinel - Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Robert Colautti - Queens University

Dr. Cynthia Kallembach - McGill University

Dr. Sidney Stürmer - University of Blumenau, Brazil


Funds are available to support your research if it fits with the lab's research program. However, your salary would have to be at least partially funded through a fellowship. Contact us if you are interested in applying for a postdoctoral fellowship either in your country or in Canada.