Marcel Dorken

Marcel Dorken
  • 2017 Professor, Dept. of Biology, Trent Univ.
  • 2011 Associate Prof., Dept. of Biology, Trent Univ.
  • 2008 Assistant. Prof., Dept. of Biology, Trent Univ.
  • 2006 Career Development Fellow, Plant Sciences & St. Hugh's
    College, Oxford Univ.
  • 2004 NSERC PDF, Dept. of Plant Sciences, Oxford Univ.
  • 2003 Ph.D. Botany, Univ. Toronto
  • 1998 M.Sc. Biology, Queen's Univ.
  • 1995 B.Sc. Biology, Univ. Guelph

Current Students

Allison Kwok

Allison Kwok


Ph.D. candidate


Modularity and long life spans in plants mean that traits affect organismal fitness in complex ways. Allison is integrating spatial, temporal, and genetic data to make inferences about the effects of key life history traits on fitness.

Vikram Bhargav


M.Sc. student


Hybrid breakdown in the cattail hybrid complex

Co-supervised by Joanna Freeland

Matthew Gibson

Matthew Gibson


M.Sc. student


The costs of reproduction in plants - experimental approaches

Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell


M.Sc. student


Landscape genetics of the eastern flowering dogwood

Co-supervised by Joanna Freeland

Christina Steinecke

Christina Steinecke


B.Sc. student


Reproductive isolation of selfi-compatible lineages of Arabidopsis lyrata under simulated secondary contact

This is a collaboration with Courtney Gorman, Marc Stift, and Mark van Kleunen from the University of Konstanz, Germany

Caiti West

Catherine West


M.Sc. student


The costs of reproduction in plants - theoretical approaches

Lab Alumni

Prospective Students

Interested in plant ecology & evolution?

I am looking for graduate students at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. level who enjoy field work and interested in getting more experience with computer programming and/or molecular genetics. If you're interested in the ecology and evolution of plant reproduction, send me a quick email to find out about projects and funding opportunities in the lab.