People in the Irwin Lab

Principal Investigator


Darren Irwin (email)

Graduate Students


Silu Wang (PhD student)


Libby Natola (PhD student)


Saminda Fernando (email; PhD student at Univ. of Colombo; co-advised by Sampath Seneviratne and Darren Irwin)


Kenny Askelson (MSc student; email)


Maddie Ore (MSc student; email)

Cheng Chen (co-advised by Jedediah Brodie and Darren Irwin)

Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Armando Geraldes (email)

Undergraduate Researchers


Annegret Liederbach (Honours project, 2016-2018)


Else Mikkelsen (research assistant, NSERC USRA, and Honours Project, 2016-2018)

Jacqueline Mackenzie (research assistant and Hesse undergraduate researcher, 2017)

Lab Alumni 

Postdoc alumni:

Dr. Miguel Alcaide (email; postdoctoral researcher, 2011-2014; now a Research Associate at Simon Fraser University)

Dr. Christine Grossen (postdoctoral researcher, 2013-2014; now a postdoc at University of Zurich)

Dr. Sampath Seneviratne (postdoctoral researcher, 2009-2012; now Senior Lecturer at Univ. of Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Dr. Alex Rubtsov (visiting postdoctoral researcher, 2005-2006; now a curator at the State Darwin Museum, Moscow)

PhD alumni:

Dr. Kira Delmore (PhD 2015; now an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)  **Received Faculty of Science Graduate Prize for Best PhD Dissertation in UBC Science, and Milsom Prize for Best PhD Dissertation in UBC Zoology

Dr. David Toews (PhD, 2014; now a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Dr. Julie Lee-Yaw (PhD, 2013; now an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Rieseberg lab in UBC Botany)

Dr. Alan Brelsford (PhD, 2010; now Assistant Professor at Univ. of California Riverside)

Dr. Andrew Rush (graduate student, 2005-2007; completed PhD program at UC Berkeley)

MSc alumni:

Alison Porter (MSc, 2015; now an Interpreter in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum)

Haley Kenyon (MSc, 2013; now a Ph.D. student at Queen’s Univ.)

Katie Kuker (MSc, 2008; co-advised by Lance Barrett-Lennard; now a Senior Consultant at Environmental Resources Management)

Dr. David Toews (MSc, 2007; went on to do PhD–see above)

BSc alumni:

Stephanie Cavaghan

Michelle Chen (Honours project, 2012-2014)

Alana Demko

Julian Heavyside

Haley Kenyon (Honours project, 2009-2010; continued as MSc student–see above)

Kristen Haakans

Mehdi Khadraoui

Nina Lobo

Christie Macdonald

Matthew Osmond

Margarita Pacis

Thomas Pierce

Matt Robinson

Talia Sechley

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