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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
July 29, 2016
Canadian Excellence

The Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies is responsible for the appointment of postdoctoral fellows at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Office provides information, administrative support, and advocacy, as well as helping to facilitate enrolment, placement and training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. FGPS is dedicated to providing an equitable and sustaining environment for Postdoctoral Fellows, in which they can pursue academic, teaching, and research goals in individual and collaborative contexts, and continue to progress as scholars.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at Laurier are informed by the same core values evident in the university's stated values, vision, and guiding principles. The university's focus on integrated communities of learning and application, cultures of diversity and inclusivity, community and global engagement, the importance of purpose and citizenship, inform the Postdoctoral experience. It is expected that postdoctoral fellows will in turn contribute to Laurier's core principles and institutional domains, as laid out in the Academic Plan 2010-2015.

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People at Laurier

Dr. Gordon McNickle, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology My research focuses on the strategies used by plants to acquire resources, how competition with neighbours alter these strategies, and how all of this shapes species coexistence and community structure. I use a mix of empirical and theoretical tools to explore questions. This includes optimal foraging theory, and evolutionary game theory. To the untrained eye plants might appear to be more like an inanimate object than the type of organism that can play games. However, like any living organism, plants are faced with shifting pressures from the environment, competitors, enemies and mutualistic partners where their best strategy will depend on the strategy used by the plants around them. If you know where to look, you will find that plants are remarkably good at assessing and responding to these shifting pressures in ways that are often best described using behavioural models, and this forms the basis of my research program.

Dr. Gordon McNickle
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology