Associate Professor of Ungulate Habitat Ecology
PhD in Environmental Biology and Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta. January 2006.
MA in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana. December 2000.
Bsc (Hons) in Biological Science in Pure and Applied Ecology. University of Guelph. 1995.
My research interests broadly lie in understanding 1) how wildlife such as ungulate herbivores balance the costs of predation with the benefits of foraging, and 2) how human activities influence this balance, and the ensuing conservation and management consequences to wildlife population dynamics. Ungulate habitat selection is a primary mechanism used to balance predation and forage, and my research uses new techniques to link the consequences of resource selection to population dynamics. My research approach is largely empirical, based on field studies, and makes use of advances in spatial and statistical modeling including resource selection functions, cox-proportional hazards survival analyses, and landscape simulation models using GIS.
Because human activities often influence predation risk and forage distribution, I believe it crucial for research to have applied conservation and management components. My research has been used for applied management issues in Banff and Jasper National Parks such as endangered caribou recovery, urban elk management, carnivore corridor restoration, intergrated carnivore-ungulate management, and trophic effects of habitat fragmentation. In adjacent provincial lands my research has been applied for ungulate harvest management, developing salvage logging guidelines for ungulates, and managing elk-hay conflicts. Previous work also provided a quantitative transboundary management framework for managing anthropogenic effects on ungulate populations that migrate across jurisdictional boundaries. I am especially interested in the conservation of migratory ungulates.
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Examples of research I am presently involved with are: