Dr. Joanna Burgar, (Post-Doctoral Fellow Co-supervised with Jason Fisher and Cole Burton) made the move back to academia after working as a wildlife biologist for the Government of Alberta. Her interest is wildlife conservation across disturbed landscapes and it transcends a particular species, ranging from lemurs in Madagascan forests, Australian bats in a post-mining restored landscape, and ungulates in the Oil Sands. Joanna loves a challenge, from running up mountains to making sense of Bayesian models.
Frances Stewart (PhD student - co-supervised with Jason Fisher) interested in the intersection between ecology, genetics, and behaviour. Her research takes place in the mixed-use landscape of central Alberta's Cooking Lakes Moraine. Using a combination of genetic techniques and remote cameras she is investigating gene flow, species interactions, and the human impacts on behaviour and occupancy of mesocarnivores within this area. Visit the Moraine Mesocarnivore Project site.
Christy James (MSc student- co-supervised with Jason Fisher) Christy is an NSERC scholar studying bird and mammal communities in mountain landscapes. She won't send a photo so is represented here by a humpback whale calf for reasons she and Jake know but I have no idea (the Turfers are bit odd at times) .
Gray Daniels (MSc student)
Gray's research interests focus on the mechanics of oyster settlement and specifically if the sensory mechanics of endangered Olympia oyster larvae can be hacked to shepherd larvae to settle in optimal habitat, thus increasing likelihood of successful recruitment.
Lily Burke (MSc student) Lily's research focuses on quantifying the efficacy of Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) and testing assumptions of underwater surveys utilizing SCUBA diver observation, towed video cameras and baited underwater video cameras. Read more about this project here.
Sandra Frey ( MSc student - co-supervised with Jason Fisher) Sandra's current research is looking at how predator species alter their activity patterns in response to human-driven disturbances and how this in turn might impact competitive interactions within carnivore communities.
Stefania Gorgopa's (MSc) research interests include marine conservation and marine protected areas planning. She is also interested in exploring the potential of public engagement strategies like citizen science. Stefania's MSc project is focused on leveraging the power of citizen science towards rockfish conservation.
Desiree Bulger (MSc) is testing the efficacy of artificial reefs in achieving conservation objectives for rockfish and other marine fauna. Her work is also be testing the efficacy of small portable underwater drones for the collection of marine survey data.
Siobhan Darlington, (MSc co-supervised with Jason Fisher), NSERC Scholar. Siobhan is a displaced Maritimer with serious birding skills. Beneath the skies, she's passionate about all aspects of applied conservation, and is studying white-tailed deer expansion in the northeast boreal forest of Alberta in response to climate and landscape change.
Gillian Fraser (MSc co-supervised with Jason Fisher), NSERC and UVIC Scholar. Gillian has been involved in flying squirrel and wetland research. In a subtle switch, she is now interested in large carnivore response to landscape disturbance in the Rocky Mountains. In her international travels she witnessed wild lions mate for 5 consecutive hours - which appeared exhausting.
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