- Conducting field work in a remote locations for long stints, where resources are often limited, supervision is minimal, and physical conditions are demanding
-Wet lab and field enclosure manipulation techniques
-Live-trapping and handling of medium sized mammals; morphometric data, reproductive assessment, ear-tagging, collaring
-Capture and handling of adult and juvenile sturgeon; morphometric data, PIT tagging, surgically implantation of tracking units
Bio-logging, physiology, statistics, etc.
-Extensive knowledge of VHF-telemetry; approx. 1000 hours logged
-In depth knowledge of GPS telemetry and accelerometry
-Physiological assays: hematocrit, immunological smears, total/bound/fecal cortisol (I-125/H-3 radio-immunoassay and enzyme-immunoassay)
-Administration and processing of stable isotopes for field metabolic rate
-Collection and processing of invertebrate samples; invertebrate ID and biomass measurement
-Diet content analysis
-Standardized mark-recapture, visual count, transect, and video occupancy methods for population density estimation
-Classification of landcover imagery in ArcGIS
-Knowledge in classic statistical methods (e.g., ANOVA, GLMs, path analysis) and complex spatial and behavioral analyses using GPS and accelerometer data; all completed in R
-Substrate composition analysis (pH, conductivity, etc.)
-Water quality measures
-River bottom substrate samples for habitat analysis
-Care and maintenance of sturgeon hatchery
TEACHING AND MENTORING
- Mammal Session Leader, Rare Bioblitz 2017
- School Group Educator, Boreal ecology, Kluane field camp 2015-2016
- Biology Tutor, Trent University 2014-present
- Waterfowl Session Leader -Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekend 2014
- Teaching Assistant, 2010, 2014-2018
Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Foundations in Biology,
Vertebrate Zoology, Animal Physiology, Mammalogy,
Foundations in Cellular and Molecular Biology,
Science for Arts Students
Principals in Environmental Monitoring - Topics include environmental ethics, working with stakeholders, public and private lands, ecosystem impact mitigation and recovery
Honors students (x2) - helped with project design and implementation, data analysis, manuscript write-up (publications can be found here)
Field Technicians (x4) - leader of effective and dependable teams; hired and trained, provided work expectations, plans and schedules, sampling protocols, and feedback on work progress and quality
High school students (x2) - helped with project design and implementation, data analysis, project write-up and presentations
PRESENTATIONS, PEER REVIEW AND VOLUNTEERING
Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution 2018
Northern Studies Colloquium 2016 - 2018
Benthic Ecology Meeting 2011
Atlantic Canada Costal & Estuarine Science Society 2010 - 2011
Public Outreach Presentations
- Biology Department, University of Saskatchewan. 2018.
- Biology Department, University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic. 2018.
- Stirling Public School. Webtalk. 2018.
- 3 Minute Thesis. 2018.
- Symons Seminar Series. 2018.
- Wildlife Population, Conservation, and Behavioural Ecology Lab. Western University. 2017.
- Hare-Lynx Conference. 2017/2018.
- Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Colorado State
- Peterborough Field Naturalists. 2017.
Wildlife Biology in Practice
Canadian Journal of Forest Research
Journal of Mammalogy
Graduate Student Representative – Animal Care Council
Science Co-Chair – Northern Studies Colloquium Organizing Committee
Symons Graduate Student Presentation Series – Judge & Abstract Selection
AWARDS AND GRANTS
May 2015 Collaboratively obtained NSERC RTI to support PhD research
May 2018 French American Scholarship
May 2017 Northern Studies Training Program Award
May 2017 E. Curtin & I. E. Curtin Graduate Scholarship
May 2016 Northern Studies Training Program Award
May 2015 Northern Studies Training Program Award
May 2015 E. Curtin & I. E. Curtin Graduate Scholarship
September 2014 O’Brien Humanitarian Trust Scholarship
May 2014 NSERC AGB CGS-D Postgraduate Scholarship
May 2010 NSERC CGS M Postgraduate Scholarship
September 2009 HMSC Graduate Scholarship
September 2007 Norman Brougham Miller Scholarship
September 2004 William and Lois Paine Founder’s Scholarship
September 2004 James Somerville Scholarship
September 2004 Jean R. Stewart Memorial Scholarship
June 2004 Governor General’s Medal