Conserving biodiversity in the face of rapid landscape and climate change requires that we understand how species respond to those changes. That's my passion. I am a wildlife ecologist with an eye for the big picture: a field grandiosely called macroecology.
I research terrestrial and coastal wildlife ecology in large, complex, often human-altered landscapes. I examine the spatial features and ecological processes that help species persist, or send them into declines. I help apply this research to conservation challenges, such as managing landscape disturbance and enhancing species-at-risk recovery. My specialty is mammals, though my team also works on marine fish and songbirds.
I have had the good fortune to research Canada’s ecosystems from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, and the Rocky Mountains and northern boreal forests in between.
Macroecology entails the study of many processes, patterns, and species at once, but a few favourites stand out: wolverines, fishers and marten; grizzly and black bears; white-tailed deer and moose; and not least, red squirrels. On the coast, I work on sea otters, seals and seal lions, and help with gray whales.