Associate Professor, Environmental Science & Studies
Degrees: PhD, Environmental Biology and Ecology, University of Alberta; MSc, Natural Resources Management, University of Northern B.C.; Dip. Tech., Fish, Widlife and Recreation, British Columbia Institute of Technology; BA, Linguistics, University of Victoria
Location: Faith and Life Building, 2-300
Research Areas: Freshwater Ecology, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Parks and Protected Areas
Research Interests: My current research focuses on wetland ecology as it relates to wildlife habitat and management. Along with investigations into water quality and quantity, I study how the presence of beavers affects pond morphometry and biodiversity. Other research interests include how human-wildlife interactions affect access to critical habitats by wildlife and how those impacts can be mitigated using adaptive management approaches. My research approach is largely empirical, based on field studies, which are then analyzed using statistics and GIS. Much of my work has been conducted in protected areas and adjacent private and public lands. Recently, I have been conducting research at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park and the surrounding area.
Teaching Interests: My main teaching interests include: freshwater ecology and management, resource and environmental management, environmental impact assessment, geographic information systems, and statistics for the natural sciences. Linking theory and practice is an important part of my approach to teaching, which often has my students finding themselves on snowshoes, in chest waders, and out on the water in a little blue boat.