The Lab

Post-Docs | Graduate Students |Lunch Friends| Lab Pets | Alumni

People in the Lab

J-StinchcombeJohn received a B.A. in Biology from Bucknell University in May 1996. He completed his Ph.D. in Biology at Duke University in 2001, working with Mark D. Rausher. His dissertation explored how the evolutionary dynamics of plant defense traits depended on variation in community composition. He then moved to Annie Schmitt's lab then at Brown University as a Post-Doctoral Researcher, studying how flowering time variation in Arabidopsis thaliana is influenced by climate and the functionality of candidate genes. In addition to these academic pursuits, John drinks inordinate amounts of coffee on a daily basis. He can also be found on Bluesky [] or twitter [@John Stinchcombe].

Post-Doctoral Researchers

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Graduate Students

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TiaTia Harrison
Tia did her MSc on the comparative population genetics in Medicago lupulina and its associated bacteria. She is currently a co-advised PhD student with John and Megan Frederickson studying rhizobia diversity across latitude and rates of evolution in rhizobia and legume genomes. Besides being an awesome PhD and person, she is very good at teaching yoga. Some of Tia’s greatest accomplishments include successfully appraising her PhD and holding a headstand for one minute.
GeorgiaGeorgia Henry
Georgia started grad work in the lab in 2016. She is interested in the evolution of range limits. She has amazing coffee making skills, having worked previously as barrista. On a weekly basis, she has an additional project idea that would take 3 people 7 years of work to complete.
Julia-BoyleJulia Boyle
Julia is doing a PhD co-supervised by John and Megan Frederickson. She is interested in exploring plant-microbe interactions and leaf microbiomes. Julia has a love for field work at Koffler Scientific Reserve and will begrudgingly respond to 'Boyle'. In her spare time she enjoys painting and collecting house plants!
MengMeng Yuan
Meng is a PhD student co-supervised by Stephen Wright. She did her undergrad at Sichuan University studying bioinformatics. She is interested in plant gametophytic selection and the evolution of sexual conflict. Meng is a plant nerd and enjoys plant photography but she's terrible at keeping house plants alive.

AmandaAmanda Peake
Amanda grew up in Zambia, then came to UofT to do her undergrad. Despite the cold winters and lack of elephants in Toronto, she decided to stay to do her PhD in the Stinchcombe lab. She dragonboats and powerlifts in her spare time. Amanda is interested in studying the genetic basis of ecologically important traits.
KatieKatie Maunder
Katie is a PhD student co-supervised by Megan Bontrager. They completed their undergrad at Queen’s University studying evolutionary biology and is interested in the forces behind phenotypic variation. Katie braves the streets of Toronto, biking to campus each day, and is currently making their way through a decade-old origami calendar.

Lunch, Coffee, and Happy Hour Associates (aka Lab Friends)

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Tyler Tyler Kent

Tyler came to us via UC Davis, and is advised by our friend and collaborator Stephen Wright. He joins us for dumplings, twitter [@tylervkent], and paper discussions. He's also bothered by Julia's refusal to wear a bike helmet.
Jasmina Jasmina Uzunovic

Jasmina did an independent reading study with John as a first year, and then approached him after a Bio220 lecture about research spots. In a gesture of foolishness/generosity, he recommended she contact Stephen Wright instead of recruiting her back into the lab. Despite not formally working with John, she's been his TA and we're working on a paper together. We both appreciate good coffee.

Lab Pets and Friends

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Dexter D. Stinchcombe, Lab Pet
Dexter is a Nova Scotian Duck Tolling Retriever. Information about his breed can be found here and here . The middle initial 'D' stands for "dog" and was given by Jack and Piper, when they were 9 and 5 years old. He joined the Stinchcombe lab in August 2013. His interests include fetching, sleeping, squeaking his fuzzy man, and eating sticks. You can follow his exploits on Instagram

Newman, Lab Friend
Newman is Dexter's step-brother. He goes by the nicknames News, Newmie, Newmie News, and Lord Newman. His interests include sleeping, chewing on his boney, and snuggling. You can follow his exploits on Instagram
Charli, John's favorite
Charli is Newman's half-sister. She goes by the nicknames of Sweetie and Sweetie-pie. She is retired breeding female, from Lasalle Bulldogs. She had 10 puppies before joining us. Her favorite activity is burrowing under a blanket to sleep. People believe that she's John's favorite, and has taken over the Instagram acccount, @the._doggos