Welcome to our research group!

We work to better understand the factors that determine the extinction or persistence of threatened species at local and landscape scales, and the synergistic effects of environmental changes including habitat modification, invasive species, disease, and pollution. We are particularly interested in the increasing importance of wildlife pathogens in biodiversity conservation, and in developing the emerging study of aeroconservation.

The most meaningful ecological and conservation research contributes both to our academic understanding of study systems, and to on-the-ground conservation of wild species and spaces. This requires strong communication among stakeholders (researchers, landowners, government agencies, and NGOs). We are interested in finding ways to improve conservation networks and collaborations, and in effective communication of conservation science to the public. We intentionally direct our research to target critical knowledge gaps for at-risk species and habitats while addressing key questions in ecology and conservation science.

We are based at Trent University, which is located on the treaty and traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig (Missisauga) Anishinaabeg.  Our field work takes us to sites on the traditional territories of the Michi Saagiig and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attiwonderonk, Cree, and Métis peoples. We offer our gratitude to the First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. We respectfully acknowledge that our current conservation efforts are only possible thanks to Indigenous stewardship of these lands and wildlife, reaching across millennia and into the present day.  

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Conservation biology, molecular ecology and population dynamics