Executive Members

Angela Gong: Co-President


My name is Angela (she/her) and I’m in my fourth year, pursuing a specialist in EEB. I am currently an EEB499 student in Emily Darling’s lab, and have also worked in the Gilbert lab as an EEB498/NSERC USRA student. I’m interested in the importance of stochasticity and species interactions in community assembly, stability, and coexistence. I enjoy watching octopus documentaries, playing the bassoon, and reading. I also participate in urban farming with my family and at Trinity College in the growing season, where we grow lots of yummy vegetables!! Feel free to reach out for a chat anytime!

EEB Courses Familiar with: BIO120, BIO220, BIO270, ENV234, EEB313, EEB318, EEB319, EEB321, EEB322, EEB324, EEB382, ENV334, EEB430, EEB433, EEB498 (Gilbert Lab), EEB499 (E. Darling Lab)


Angie Wang: Co-President


Hi! I’m Angie, and I’m a third year student majoring in Biodiversity & Conservation and Health & Disease. I have a black cat who I love with all my heart and soul, and I’m a proud mother of several crotons. My favourite location at UofT are the greenhouses, and I’d highly recommend for people to check them out when stressed (there are turtles!). In the summer, I garden with my mom and relocate snails that eat our green beans. If you need help, even unrelated to EEB, or if you’re looking for a friend, feel free to reach out!

EEB Courses Familiar With: BIO120, BIO220, ENV234, EEB255, EEB267, EEB268, EEB328, EEB365, EEB388


Keira Engelen: Treasurer


Hey everyone! My name’s Keira Engelen (she/her) and I’m in my 4th year double majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Cell & Molecular Biology, with an Immunology minor. I have previous research experience as a EEB299 ROP student and I’ve also volunteered at a Molecular Genetics lab, so feel free to ask me about how to find research opportunities in (and outside of!) EEB. Besides school, I love reading, knitting, and laying horizontal. I’ve also been addicted to birdwatching since EEB386, so take that course at your own risk!! I’d love to connect — feel free to shoot me an email, add me on Facebook, or come say hi during office hours! Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

EEB Courses Familiar With: BIO120, EEB299 (Rochman Lab), BIO220, BIO270, BIO271, EEB322, EEB325, EEB362, EEB386


Rosa Burke: Communications Director


Hi! I’m Rosa, and I’m in my third year. I’m doing a double major in EEB and French Literature. I’m especially interested in behavioural ecology, and I love working on science and environmental programs for youth. I also love music, cooking, and crafts. I’m so excited to be the communications director this year, and I’m always listening for your suggestions and ideas. Please feel free to reach me via email for any questions, or just to chat! 

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Sol Park: Media and Design Director


Hi everyone! My name is Sol and my pronouns are she/her. I am a second-year student doing a specialist in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in psychology. I am excited to be a member of the EEBU this year as a media and design director. I am a work-study student in the Frederickson Lab looking at articles on mutualism between ants and plants. I enjoy stretching, journaling, and napping in my free time! Feel free to ask me any questions!

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Jacqueline McLean: Social Director


Howdy folks *tips hat* 🤠 My name is Jacqueline (She/Her), and I am a fourth-year student double majoring in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and Forest Conservation Science, with a French Language minor. I love the outdoors, rain or shine, and I have found lots of joy recently in booping the snoots of any herptiles I see, especially boing boings and bong bongs – frogs and toads that is. When indoors, I am a real homebody who enjoys cooking, baking, quoting The Office and Riverdale, and online gaming with friends. This past summer I was incredibly fortunate to participate in the Research Excursions Program hosted by the Rollinson Lab at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, and this upcoming school year I am excited to be completing an EEB498 Advanced Research Project with Professor Shelby Riskin in addition to acting as a peer mentor for the EEB SLC. I am really looking forward to the year ahead as Social Director, and I am excited to have the opportunity to get to better know you folks too! Definitely reach out if you have any questions, concerns, social event suggestions, rad memes to share, or if you would like to just chat! Stay safe and funky-fresh, and best of luck with the school year ahead, partner. Yeehaw for now *rides horse off into the sunset* 🤠

EEB Courses Familiar with: BIO120, BIO220, EEB255, EEB321, EEB365, EEB398 (Rollinson Lab REP), ENV234, FOR200, FOR201, GGR270


Nick Ypelaar: Department Coordinator


Hello there! My name is Nick (He/Him), and I am a fourth-year transfer student majoring in Conservation Biology and History, with an Environmental Biology minor. I’m a passionate field naturalist with a keen interest in the life history and morphology of Ontario’s herptiles, Species at Risk conservation, and science communication and education. When I’m not at school or in the field you might find me stuck on a delayed TTC commute, exploring the outdoors with my camera in hand, or listening to an eclectic collection of music with the volume turned up to eleven. My door/email is always open (n.ypelaar@mail.utoronto.ca) and I’m happy to answer all questions about my experiences with EEB, academics, careers, Ontario Parks, or just life in general 😊

EEB Courses Familiar with: BIO120, BIO220, EEB215, EEB255, EEB267, EEB268, EEB320, EEB362, EEB365, EEB380, EEB386, EEB398 (Rollinson Lab REP), EEB498, ENV234, ENV334, FOR305


Oriana Monaco: Secretary


Hi EEB gang! My name’s Oriana (she/her), and I’m a third year student double majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (oof, I know, that’s a mouthful). I’m interested in the ins and outs of genetic heritability, the evolution of infectious disease, and, most of all, I have a huge, yet still very casual, love for birds and amphibians, and cats. If I’m not lost in thought listening to Folklore, you’ll probably find me playing Fire Emblem on my switch, baking some banana bread, or quoting memes and tiktoks that live rent free in my head. I’m also an avid oil painter who takes inspiration from all the wildlife around me, especially round froggy bois at the moment. I’m super excited to be part of the EEBU team as your secretary this year, and if you ever see me on campus, don’t be afraid to stop me to chat if you need help with anything, or if you want to tell me about the latest meme you saw. See you around!

EEB Courses Familiar With: BIO120, BIO220, EEB225, EEB267, EEB268, BIO260, GGR270


Philip Harker: Second-Year Representative



Hey EEBU, my name is Philip (he/him) and I’m a second-year student. I’m majoring in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and minoring in both Philosophy and Computer Science. Fun fact about me, I entered my studies at UofT intending to be a Computer Science Specialist! So please let me know if you have questions about course planning and changing programs, It’s not as intimidating as it seems. I’m still finding out what I want to do in the world of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, so if you want to chat about it, my door/email/DMs are always open.

EEB Courses Familiar with: BIO120

Thanks for visiting and please feel free to contact any of the EEBU members throughout the year online and during the fall/winter through email or on the EEBU Discord Server 🙂