Past Research Projects
MSc student Danielle Ethier
completed her degree in 2010, having
studied the jacksoni subspecies of American badger, which is
provincially and federally. Habitat fragmentation
has been suggested as a major problem for badgers.
We sought to know: Does fragmentation reduce
connectivity for badgers or is the landscape
a permeable one? Under the co-supervision of Chris Kyle at
Danielle took a genetic and biogeochemical approach to determine
historic and current movement patterns of badgers in
Ontario, using claw tissue as dietary
This research was made
possible by collaboration with Kurt Kyser at Queen's University.
Leah Finity completed her MSc in 2011 and examined whether
Chimney Swifts, a Threatened species, were limited by food and/or habitat.
To do this, Leah conducted an experiment to examine habitat selection
patterns at provisioned habitat (artificial towers). Also, in collaboration
with Queen's University, University of Ottawa, and Thompson Rivers
University, she helped examine a fecal archive to determine if diet has
changed over a 50-year period.
American White Pelicans
Dr. Matt Reudink conducted his postdoc research to determine the dispersal networks of a species with a quickly expanding range: the American White Pelican (a provincially threatened species). Matt examined linkages between pelican colonies in North America by means of genetic and biogeochemical assays. This project was in collaboration with Chris Kyle at Trent University, Kurt Kyser at Queen's University, and Chris Somers at the University of Regina. Although Matt now enjoys a tenure-track faculty position at Thompson Rivers University (check out his website), there are several manuscripts forthcoming.
Louise Ritchie completed a two-year internship (i.e., served as an invaluable technician), who did "all of the above" and assisted in all projects in the lab. However, in addition to this, she was in charge of her own projects. She began a detailed study of Eastern moles in the Point Pelee region, the only site in Canada where this federal species of special concern is found. She sought to determine what limited their distribution to the Pelee region (see relevant manuscript here) and to describe their activity patterns in relation to habitat features.