The Genetic and Ecology of Amphibian Research Group (GEARG) is part of the Department of Biology at Laurentian University. Research activities concentrate on topics of ecology and evolution, with particular emphasis on questions of host-parasite interactions. Our research is a combination of fundamental and applied evolutionary ecology, with some of the projects having strong conservation applications. These include studies on conservation genetics, road mitigation techniques, as well as studies on the effects of heavy metals on amphibian populations. Research is done both in the laboratory and in the field and uses a variety of methods from population genetics to ecophysiology. While the main model organisms in our research group are amphibians, some work is also done with invertebrates.