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Olwyn Friesen - Curriculum Vitae

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Olwyn Friesen 

PhD Candidate

B.Sc. (hons), M.Sc.


Winnipeg, Manitoba
olwynfriesen@gmail.com

 

Welcome to my web based curriculum vitae.web based curriculum vitae.

 

I am a PhD student at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. My research focuses on parasite-mediated interspecific interactions in a community of crustaceans. I will be examining relationships between amphipods, isopods, and their parasites within freshwater communities.PhD student at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. My research focuses on parasite-mediated interspecific interactions in a community of crustaceans. I will be examining relationships between amphipods, isopods, and their parasites within freshwater communities.

 

I completed my master's degree at the University of Manitoba. I studied the relationships between the diet of canids, including wolves, arctic and red foxes, and their parasite communities. I also considered how other factors, including behaviour, life history, and intraspecific variation (e.g., age and sex), may also influence canid parasite intensity, abundance, and prevalence. I am interested in studying the ecology of parasites and their hosts, including the influence of parasites on trophic interactions, food webs, and behaviour. I am further interested in the impacts of parasites on predator-prey relationships and their combined effect with other stressors on their hosts.behaviour. I am further interested in the impacts of parasites on predator-prey relationships and their combined effect with other stressors on their hosts.behaviour, life history, and intraspecific variation (e.g., age and sex), may also influence canid parasite intensity, abundance, and prevalence. I am interested in studying the ecology of parasites and their hosts, including the influence of parasites on trophic interactions, food webs, and behaviour. I am further interested in the impacts of parasites on predator-prey relationships and their combined effect with other stressors on their hosts.

 

Prior to my master's work, I completed my B.Sc. (hons) in zoology at the University of Manitoba. My honours research examined how zooplankton could be used in rapid bioassessment of lakes as they are a keystone lentic community. They occupy an intermediate trophic position in the food web of a lake and are responsive to both top-down and bottom-up trophic interactions.honours research examined how zooplankton could be used in rapid bioassessment of lakes as they are a keystone lentic community. They occupy an intermediate trophic position in the food web of a lake and are responsive to both top-down and bottom-up trophic interactions.hons) in zoology at the University of Manitoba. My honours research examined how zooplankton could be used in rapid bioassessment of lakes as they are a keystone lentic community. They occupy an intermediate trophic position in the food web of a lake and are responsive to both top-down and bottom-up trophic interactions.

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