Current Lab Members

Dr. Ariane Mirabel, (2019-current)

Post-doctoral Associate

Ariane completed her PhD in Tropical Ecology at the University of French Guiana.

Ariane’s work focuses on improving the accuracy of forest growth models used by the Canadian Forest Services (co-supervised with Dr. Martin Girardin, Canadian Forest Service). In collaboration with the Laurentian Forestry Center in Quebec, Ariane accounts for boreal tree species growth responses to climate change and analyzes tree-ring and plot data from the Canadian National Forest Inventory (NFI) program.

Dr. Stephanie Schmiege, (2021-current)

Post-doctoral Associate

Stephanie completed her PhD in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University and at the New York Botanical Garden in New York.

Her research interests are in understanding the physiological responses of plants to climate change. Her PhD research focused on the impacts of rising temperature on dark respiration in unique tropical conifers found in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

In collaboration with Dr. Tom Sharkey and Dr. Berkley Walker at the Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University, Stephanie’s current project examines the effects of rising temperature on a different and still poorly understood respiratory flux, namely day respiration.

To learn more about her research, send her an email at

Joshua Frank, (2016-current)

PhD Candidate

Joshua is a PhD candidate in the Way lab. Joshua completed his MSc at Western University in 2016.

His research interests are in plant-microbe interactions, with particular interest in understanding how beneficial microbes promote plant growth under stressed and non-stressed conditions. Joshua’s PhD work investigates whether ectomycorrhizal fungi (ECM) can promote Aspen growth under future climate change scenarios.

Samuel Woolsey, (2020-current)

MESc Candidate

Sam is a MESc candidate in the Way lab (co-supervised by Dr. Horia Hangan and Dr. Hassan Peerhossaini, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering). He completed his BEng at Ryerson University in 2020.

Sam’s research interests are in aerodynamic design, wind energy, and wind-structure interaction. His project aims to predict and quantify how climate change affects the risk that wind damage poses to trees in urban environments in the next 50-80 years. Sam’s project is part of Western University’s Multi-hazard Risk and Resilience Group.

To learn more about Sam and his research, visit his LinkedIn profile or send him an email at

Ryan Statham, (2020-current)

MSc Candidate

Ryan is an MSc candidate in the Way lab.

Ryan is a professional arborist, with numerous years of industry experience. His MSc project investigates intraspecific variation in the bud development of silver maple trees.

Julia Hammer, (2021-current)

MSc Candidate

Julia is an MSc candidate in the Way lab. Julia completed her BSc at Australian National University in 2019.

Julia’s research interests are in the effects of climate change on photosynthesis and respiration in plants, especially in terms of modelling large-scale CO2 fluxes and acclimation and for remote sensing techniques for plant physiology. Her MSc project investigates how photosynthesis, respiration and carbon allocation in several key Canadian boreal tree species respond to growth under high temperatures and atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

To learn more about Julia and her research, visit her Twitter or LinkedIn pages.

Andrew Cook (2021-current)

MSc Candidate

Andrew is an MSc candidate in the Way lab. He was an undergraduate thesis student in the Way lab and completed his BSc at Western University in 2021.

Andrew’s research interests are in how climate change will affect crop yields, food security and global nutrition security.

To learn more about Andrew’s research, visit his Twitter page.

Kiana Lee, (2021-current)

MSc Candidate

Kiana is an MSc candidate in the Way lab. She completed her BSc at the University of Guelph in 2020 before working as a Research Technician in the Way lab.

Kiana’s research interests are in understanding how floral traits will respond to climate change.

To learn more about Kiana and her research, visit her Twitter or LinkedIn pages.

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