In her spare time, Dr. Lindo discovers and describes new species of soil arthropods.

Dr. Zoë Lindo -

Associate Professor 


Dr. Zoë Lindo is an expert in soil biodiversity and ecosystem function.  She has worked extensively in Canadian forests including the mixed-wood boreal of Alberta, the subarctic taiga of Quebec, the coastal temperate rainforest of British Columbia, and the black spruce / peat lands of Ontario.  


The overall focus of my research aims to mitigate biodiversity loss in association with anthropogenic environmental change and maintain ecosystem functioning in Canadian forest and soil ecosystems. I describe myself as a biodiversity scientist to encompass the breadth of my research in the areas of community ecology, soil ecology, and taxonomy.



 Students, Postdocs, and Research Assistants

Carlos Barreto – Ph.D. student (since 2016)

I acquired my B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Ouro Preto (Brazil) in 2012 where I studied Phylogenetic and Biogeography of true bugs that are important vector for Chagas disease.  Concomitantly, I worked on Heteroptera composition along different vegetation in a state park in Brazil.  After graduating, I was hired by Carste Consultores Associados, where I studied cave fauna.  I was accepted by Western University for the PhD program in Biology as an international direct-entry student.

I have joined Lindo Lab to look at the biodiversity of soil invertebrates in peatlands and basically how the fauna respond to environmental changes, such as increasing the CO2 emission and temperature.


Jordan Kustec – M.Sc. student (since 2017)

I received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at McGill University.  During my degree I developed interest in the entomological world, and became a cataloguer for Diptera specimens at the Lyman Entomological Museum.  Moreover, I worked with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada during my final year research project to assess the effects of oyster aquaculture gear in bay systems on ellgrass in Prince Edward Island.

During my graduate degree I will be researching trophic transfer in belowground (soil) food webs using methylmercury as an indicator.  I am excited to diversify my sample processing skillset, to become an expert at cataloguing soil fauna, and improve my overall knowledge of the entomological world.


Caitlyn Lyons – M.Sc. student (since 2017)

In the Lindo Lab I hope to further my ecological knowledge and contribute to the understanding of the impacts of climate change on the aboveground plant biodiversity and the ecosystem function of belowground communities in northern peatlands. Specifically, I am interested in studying the shift in peatland plant communities under climate change conditions and the potential impacts this has on the carbon use efficiency of microbial communities.


Dev Kamath – B.Sc. Honor's student (since 2017)

I am an undergraduate student in the Biology program at Western doing my Honor's research project in the Lindo Lab looking at nematode functional diversity in boreal peatland soils. I am excited to increase my knowledge on these soil systems and improve my lab and research skills. I am looking forward to an enjoyable year in the Lindo Lab.


Lab Alumni


Asma Asemaninejad - Ph.D. (2013-2016 co-supervised with R.G. Thorn)  Thesis:  The impacts of climate change on communities of fungi in boreal peatlands

Catherine Dieleman - Ph.D. (2012-2016 co-supervised with B. Branfireun)  Thesis: Ecosystem level effects of climate change on northern peatlands



Julia Palozzi - M.Sc. (2015-2017)  Thesis: Peatland plant-soil feedbacks dictate ecosystem properties and processes

Rachel Chambers - M.Sc. (2015-2017)  Thesis: The influence of adjacent forest and agriculture on restored grassland diversity and composition

Rosa Del Giudice - M.Sc. (2014-2016)  Thesis: Decomposition dynamics under climate change conditions in boreal peat

Paul George - M.Sc. (2013-2014)  Thesis: A comparison of community compositional analyses for the assessment of responses to wood-ash soil amendment by free-living nematodes

Matthew Turnbull - M.Sc. (2012-2014)  Thesis: The effects of global climate change on Canadian Boreal forest Collembola communities

Danielle Griffith - M.Sc. (2012-2014)  Thesis: Exploring climate change factors on nitrogen fixation and growth in the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme

Rachel Darvill - M.Sc. (2012-2014)  Thesis: Comparing and mapping ecosystem service use across interest groups in the Peace River Valley


B.Sc. Honor's

Nicole Pepe - B.Sc. Honor's (2016-2017)  Thesis: The effects of poly(ethyl)glyoxylate on microbial activity

Shauna Taylor - B.Sc. Honor's (2014-2015)  Thesis: The interactive role of edge effects and habitat quality in maintaining biodiversity

Matthew Meehan - B.Sc. Honor's (2014-2015)  Thesis: The effect of patch configuration disturbance for the recolonisation of mesofauna

Margaret Sawatzky - B.Sc. Honor's (2013-2014)  Thesis: Looking past the trees: The ecological significance of moss-associated cyanobacteria in response to climate change

Jamie Fraser - B.Sc. Honor's (2012-2013)   Thesis: Does functional diversity matter? Evaluating community responses of Collembola after Cd contamination and phytoremediation