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Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Thompson Rivers University

My main research interests are behavioural ecology, evolution and ornithology, with a particular emphasis on the year-round ecology of migratory birds and the evolution of ornamental traits. I received my B.Sc. from Willamette University, M.Sc. from Villanova University, and Ph.D. from Queen’s University, during which time I conducted a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, followed by a post-doc at Trent University and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. I began as an Assistant Professor at Thompson Rivers University in 2010 and became an Associate Professor in 2015. I teach Animal Behaviour, Terrestrial Vertebrate Zoology, Evolution, Communicating Biology, Principles of Biology, and Conservation Biology. I was the Treasurer for the Society of Canadian Ornithologists until 2017, am currently the Vice-President/President-Elect of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, and am a Member of Council for the Association of Field Ornithologists, an Elected Member of the American Ornithological Society, and an Associate Editor for Behaviour. During 2018 I was an Erskine Fellow (visiting professor) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ. I currently serve as Co-Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at TRU


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University


  • 2008 
    Queen's University, Ph.D. Biology