Comparative Neurobiology Lab

Members of the Laberge Lab

Fred Laberge

Dr. Laberge studied biology at Université Laval, Quebec City as an undergraduate student, then followed that up with a Master’s degree in physiology-endocrinology at the same institution. He moved on to do a PhD in zoology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg where he worked on neurobiology of fish olfaction at DFO’s Freshwater Institute under the guidance of Dr. Toshiaki Hara. Most of his postdoctoral research was done in the lab of Prof. Gerhard Roth at the University of Bremen, Germany where he developed expertise in comparative neuroanatomy. He joined the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph in July 2008.

Pria Mahabir

PhD candidate (co-supervised with N. Bernier). Neurotoxic impact of agriculture runoff on stream fish.

Ella Parkinson

PhD candidate. Environmental effects on amphibian cognition.

Reid Williams

MSc candidate (co-supervised with N. Bernier; collaboration with Stewart Johnson - DFO). Scale cortisol content as an indicator of chronic stress in Pacific salmon.

PAST MEMBERS (grad students)

Amanda Reside, MSc (2022)

Characterizing the neurotoxic potential of the algal toxin beta-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) in fish


Irene Yin-Liao, MSc (2022)

Examination of direct and indirect effects of legacy industrial pollution on organ growth in wild yellow perch (Perca flavescens)


Caleb Axelrod, PhD (2020)

Ecological effects on brain form in adaptively diverging sunfish


Vern Lewis, PhD (2020)

Transcriptomic profiling shows brain gene expression associated with learning in the fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis


Matthew Brown, MSc (2018)

Determinants of conditioned prey avoidance in the fire-bellied toad, Bombina oriemtalis


Nick Edmunds, MSc (2015)

The effect of food web structure on teleost fish brain size and morphology in an aquatic ecosystem


Nicola Gallagher, MSc (2015)

The effect of overtraining on motivated behaviour in fire-bellied toads


Angela Telfer, MSc (2011)

The roles of the main olfactory and vomeronasal systems in prey detection by two terrestrial salamanders