Conservation Biology and Species-at-Risk
I study species-at-risk conservation by functioning in government and academic roles. I am a Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, in the Wildlife & Research Development Section located at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. I am also an adjunct professor in the Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program at Trent University.
My research focuses on the behavioural ecology and conservation of species-at-risk. I seek to better understand (1) how and why animal populations become at risk, (2) how the animals adjust their behaviour in light of population decline, and (3) methods to reverse the declines. In particular, my lab and I examine two aspects of behavioural conservation:
How animals collect and use cues in selecting habitat
How animals move and/or disperse across landscapes in relation to ecological features
Conservation News in Ontario and CanadaLegacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster
Although it might be a continent away, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 has had repurcussions for Canadian wildlife, including some species-at-risk. Recently, BP was handed the largest fine in US history: $4.5 billion.
Threatened Chimney Swifts and historical diet change
We recently published a paper in Proceedings B (here) that illustrates chimney swifts experienced a major dietary shift in the mid 20th century, likely as a result of pesticide use.
Contact MeI can be reached at these coordinates:
click here for my Trent email
click here for my MNR email
2140 East Bank Dr.
Canada K9J 7B8