NSERC PDF. 2002. University of Aberdeen and University of Alberta
PhD. 2001. McGill University and Sherbrooke University.
MSc. 1996. University of Alberta.
BSc. (hons.) 1993. University of Manitoba.
In general, our research explores how environment, physiology and behaviour influence the abundance, distribution, and coexistence of mammal populations. Our research is conducted both in the lab and in the field, often in collaboration with northern communities or one of our many partners.
One of our research focuses is on energetics (the process by which animals acquire and assimilate energy from the environment, and allocate assimilated energy between maintenance, growth, and reproduction). We firmly believe that understanding the ecological implications of energetics ultimately requires field studies that integrate measures of energy intake and expenditure, under conditions of known resource availability, and in situations where behaviour, survival and reproductive success can be documented. Another of our research focuses is on understanding, predicting and monitoring environmental change impacts on northern wildlife and traditional food security in Canada.
Jeremy Brammer, Ph.D. (Start: 2009) Thesis title: Integrating “Traditional” and “Scientific” Knowledge in Northern Wildlife Research
Paul Jensen, Ph.D. (Start: 2006) Thesis title: Ecology and management of the American marten (Martes americana) in the Adirondack Park
Sebastien Lemieux, Ph.D. (Start: 2009)
Other (co-)supervisor: Véronique Lesage, DFO Thesis title: Integrating distribution and behaviour to identify critical habitats: a case study focused on St Lawrence beluga whales
Tim Muhich, Ph.D. (Start: 2012) Thesis title: The energetic and environmental drivers of activity in the wild
Marianne Gagnon, M.Sc. (Start: 2011)
Other (co-)supervisor: Sarah Kimmins, McGill University Thesis title: The influence of torpor expression and energy availability on testicular functions and reproductive fitness in Eastern Chipmunks
Emily Studd, M.Sc. (Start: 2011) Thesis title: Heat dissipation and lactation energetics of red squirrels
Amy Thompson, M.Sc. (Start: 2009) Thesis title: Torpor and the effects on spatial cognition in eastern chipmunks
Xavier Giroux-Bougard, M.Sc. (Start: 2012) Thesis title: Landscape genetics of muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus) in Old Crow Flats, Yukon
Previous students (since 2009)
Vincent Careau, Ph.D. (Start: 2007, End: 2010) Other (co-)supervisor: Denis Réale Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Fanie Pelletier Thesis title: Energy metabolism, life history traits, and animal personality
Quinn Fletcher, Ph.D. (Start: 2005, End: 2011) Thesis title: Life-history tradeoffs of energy expenditure in red squirrels