Celina Baines

McGill University
Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Andrew Gonzalez
Start: 2020-01-13
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Connectivity by design: protecting biodiversity in fragmented habitats
An estimated 1 million plant and animal species face extinction globally due to human impacts on habitat and climate. One solution is to restore connectivity in fragmented habitats. I am conducting microcosm experiments on soil-inhabiting microarthropods to test the hypothesis that extinctions can be prevented by connecting low-quality and high-quality habitat fragments via corridors. My research will inform conservation strategies to protect biodiversity over the coming century.


Fragmentation, climate change, dispersal, corridor, biodiversity loss, soil microorganism


1- The interactive effects of competition and predation risk on dispersal in an insect
Baines, Celina B., Shannon J. McCauley, Locke Rowe
2014 Biology Letters

2- Dispersal depends on body condition and predation risk in the semi‐aquatic insect, N otonecta undulata
Baines, Celina B., Shannon J. McCauley, Locke Rowe
2015 Ecology and Evolution

3- Sex-biased dispersal is independent of sex ratio in a semiaquatic insect
Baines, Celina B., Ilia Maria Ferzoco, Shannon J. McCauley
2017 Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

4- Natal habitat conditions have carryover effects on dispersal capacity and behavior
Baines, Celina B., Shannon J. McCauley
2018 Ecosphere

5- Co-occurring Notonecta (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Notonectidae) Species Differ in Their Behavioral Response to Cues of Belostoma (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Belostomatidae) Predation Risk
Ferzoco, Ilia Maria C, Celina B Baines, Shannon J McCauley
2019 Annals of the Entomological Society of America

6- Phenotype‐by‐environment interactions influence dispersal
Baines, Celina B., Ilia Maria C. Ferzoco, Shannon J. McCauley,
2019 Journal of Animal Ecology

7- Negative density‐dependent dispersal emerges from the joint evolution of density‐ and body condition‐dependent dispersal strategies
Baines, Celina B., Justin M. J. Travis, Shannon J. McCauley, Greta Bocedi
2020 Evolution

8- Parasitism Risk and Infection Alter Host Dispersal
Baines, Celina B., Salma Diab, Shannon J. McCauley
2020 The American Naturalist