I am a wildlife ecologist interested in human influences on animals and their environments. My research spans the autecological - macroecological divide; I use field, genetic, and statistical methods to quantify ecological processes, and more recently project these processes through time using simulations. My ultimate goal is to better understand the predictors of species persistence in varying environments, and produce applied research that engages policy and management.
I've recently concluded my work with Natural Resources Canada as a Research Scientist; I was conducing my postdoctoral research with Dr. Eliot McIntire, where our aim continues to use SpaDES to develop a predictive, and integrative, decision tool for boreal caribou conservation. I am also an adjunct assistant professor at both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Victoria, and Associate Editor for the journal Ecology and Evolution.
My PhD thesis investigated spatial ecological processes, and conservation practices, in a landscape of high human activity. It studied fisher and other mid-sized carnivores, as models for understanding animal responses to landscape change: "Understanding and sampling spatial ecological process for biodiversity conservation in heterogeneous landscapes". It won three awards for best student presentation at The Wildlife Society, Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, and Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference. It was supported by NSERC, MITACS, and national scholarships from the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canadian Royal Georgaphical Society, and The Nature Trust.