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 and Forestry, in the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section located at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. I am also an on-campus 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 CanadaSnowy Owls irrupt again in 2015
Again in 2015, for the second year in a row, Snowy Owls have irrupted throughout Ontario and other provinces. These irruptions usually happen at decadal cycles, not back-to-back. This offers an unprecedented opportunity for study.
Population declines of threatened Chimney Swifts not linked to habitat loss
We recently published a paper in Population Ecology (here) that illustrates chimney swifts have lots of available and suitable nesting sites in Ontario. So why are they in decline? (Hint: insects. That's why.)
Contact MeI can be reached at these coordinates:
click here for my Trent email
click here for my MNRF email
2140 East Bank Dr.
Canada K9J 7B8