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Qian Long avec snail

PhD student in the Sinclair Lab

Project overviewEdit

I'm a PhD student in the Sinclair Lab, co-supervised by Dr. Keyghobadi in the E&E stream. My research subject is the land snail Cepaea nemoralis, introduced from Europe to North America in the 19th century, and its range has spread greatly on the continent since introduction. I will survey the thermal tolerance of various populations across its range, as well as genetic relationships between them, in order to learn more about the species' adaptation to diverse climatic conditions.

Specialized skillsEdit

Wrangling barely active soft-bodied insects (goldenrod gall fly, Eurosta solidaginis)

Wrangling somewhat more active soft-bodied molluscs (grove snail, Cepaea nemoralis)

Respirometry

Measuring heart rate with infrared probes, in the context of measuring critical maximum and minimum temperatures

Statistics in the R environment

Population genetics skills still under training

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