Present members

Lihai Hu (postdoc 2019-2022)


Lihai is from Sichuan Province, southwestern part of China. He got his PhD in Geology at the University of Utah. He is a postdoc at the University of Ottawa since February 2019. He is working on the Canadian Security and Safety Program project. His work includes developing the use of strontium and lead isotope systems in the Forensic Attribution Database (FAD) to improve the spatial resolution of human geolocation in Canada for forensic applications. 

Felipe Dargent (postdoc 2020-2022)


Felipe is an evolutionary ecologist interested in the interface among infection, communities, and evolution. His work focuses on how complex community interactions influence adaptation and enemy-victim interactions. To do this he combines a broad toolkit ranging from field collections, ecological and evolutionary experimental assays (in nature and in the lab), and modelling. At the Bataille lab, in collaboration with partners at the Invasive Species Centre and the Canadian Forest Service, Felipe is working on developing δ2H and 87Sr/86Sr isoscapes to determine easter spruce budworm moth (Choristoneura fumiferana) provenance and improve understanding of the migratory dynamics of this forest pest. Check out Felipe's personal webpage.

Megan Reich (Fast-tracked PhD Biology 2018-2023)


Megan is from Chilliwack, BC. She completed her BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) in 2015. She is working on her PhD with the SAiVE lab combining isotope, genomics and data science to study butterfly migration.

Zoe Landry (PhD Earth Sciences 2021-2025)


Zoe studies the ecology and extinction of Pleistocene megafauna from northern North America, to investigate how certain traits influence species’ responses to climatic and environmental disturbances. Her PhD research, which is being conducted jointly at the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Museum of Nature, is focused on reconstructing the ecology and extinction timeline of North American Pleistocene horses, as well as resolving their problematic evolutionary relationships. She uses a combination of stable isotopes, palaeogenomics, radiocarbon dating, and ecological modelling to better understand these enigmatic animals and the ultimate cause of their extinction. Zoe’s work also aims to inform modern conservation efforts by illuminating how ecological traits relate to extinction risk, in an effort to identify species that may be at-risk due to ongoing climate change and other human effects. Her work will help to promote sustainable horse re-wilding practices that will improve ecosystem function and health across North America.

Sarina Cotroneo (PhD Earth Sciences 2016-2021)


Sarina's work focuses on lithium and strontium isotopes in Arctic rivers, and applies machine learning and data science to study hydrogeochemistry. Sarina has a background in environmental science, geochemistry, and science communication. She holds a master's in earth sciences from the University of Toronto and works as a policy analyst for the federal government. 

Shelina Atker (MSc 2019-2021)


Shelina received her BSc in Environmental Science in 2016 from Australian Catholic University with Distinction and was awarded an honorary membership at Golden Key Int. Honor Society. She worked in the industry in Australia and Canada before starting her MSc in Earth Science at UOttawa with scholarship. Her research is focused on isotopic analysis of tap water and human hair with implications for water management and forensic applications. She is also working with Natural Resources Canada on predictive flood modeling using machine learning techniques. She enjoys fishing and travelling.

Ghislain Delaplante (MSc 2020-2022)


Ghislain is originally from northern Ontario, but has been a western Canadian since catching gold fever in Yukon 12 years ago. This severe bout of gold fever resulted in going AWOL from his original alma mater, Lakehead University, to explore the Yukon mountains, fly helicopters in the Middle East, and lead a cross-country ski program in southern BC. He completed a BSc in Biology and Earth Sciences at Vancouver Island University (finally!) prior to joining the SAiVE lab, where he is currently exploring groundwater/surface water interactions in a varied permafrost environment in south-central Yukon.

Myunghak Kang (Lab technician 2021-) 


Julian is from South Korea. He completed his BSc in Earth Sciences at Carleton University in 2018 and defended his MSc in Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa in January 2021. His MSc focused on spatial patterns of lithium isotope across the Yukon River. He is now working as a part-time researcher on lithium battery source attribution.

Sana Ghouri (BSc honour EVS 2020-2021)

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Sana Ghouri is working on tracking the provenance of Painted Ladies butterflies using hydrogen isotopes. She will receive her Honours BSc in Environmental Science in April 2021. She will be starting a MSc in Biology in the Fall 2021 co-advised by Dr. Bataille and Dr. Kharouba to continue studying the migration of Painted Ladies. 

Nilofar Benvidi (BSc honour EVS 2021-2022)


Nilofar Benvidi has always been a visual learner and she likes to go for walks just to observe and be in nature. As a third-year biology student, she started taking environmental science courses and this sparked her interest to solve puzzles of nature with the help of science. She is working on her honour project to track eastern budworm dispersal with Dr. Dargent and Dr. Bataille.

Eve Lindroos (BSc honour EVS 2021-2022)


Eve is an honours student from Sudbury Ontario completing her BSc, majoring in geology, and minoring in math at the University of Ottawa. Her honors project is being supervised by Dr. Clement Bataille and PhD candidate Megan Reich. Her project focuses on testing if hydrogen isotopes remain inert in the chitin of wing tissues in monarch butterflies. Through this project a feeding experiment was designed, and she raised 60 monarch butterflies which are going to be going under analysis for hydrogen isotopes at the Jan Veizer Stable Isotope Laboratory at the University of Ottawa. Through her honors project she is able to combine her knowledge of geochemistry and love of animals and nature.