I am a wildlife ecologist interested in human influences on animal occurrence, behaviour, and geneflow. My research attempts to bridge the autecological - macroecological divide; I use multiple field, genetic, and statistical methods to understand individual variations and the resulting species persistence in varying environments.
Currently, my PhD thesis investigates spatial ecological processes, and conservation practices, in a landscape of high human activity. I assess the outcome of a fisher (Pekania [Martes] pennanti) re-introduction using non-invasive genetic techniques. I also use remote wildlife cameras and GPS collars to determine the contribution of heterospecifics to habitat selection, and habitat connectivity. This work involves collecting multiple types of field data, which presents the unique opportunity to compare these data types and determine the best methods, management techniques, and conservation strategies for increasing mammalian persistence as our world keeps changing.
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University of Victoria - School of Environmental Studies - House 4 - V8W 2Y2 - Victoria - Canada
fstewart <at> uvic <dot> ca