NSERC Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellow, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, B.C., & Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, Burlington, ON
Project: Developing spatially explicit models of critical habitat for aquatic species at risk.
Co-Advisors: Dr. Janelle Curtis (PBS) & Dr. Marten Koops (GLLFAS)
Doctorate of Philosophy, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Collaborative Degree with Environmental Studies (Centre for the Environment)
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Thesis: Conservation by consensus: Reducing uncertainties from methodological choices in conservation-based models.
Advisor: Dr. Don Jackson
Master of Science, Zoology
University of Guelph, Guelph, ON & Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Burlington, ON
Thesis: Science in Support of Policy: Assessment and Protection of Fish Species at Risk in the Sydenham River.
Co-Advisors: Dr. Rob McLaughlin(UofG) & Dr. Nicholas E. Mandrak (DFO)
Bachelor of Science, Honors Biology with Environmental Science
University of Western Ontario, Dept. of Integrative Biology, London, Ontario.
Thesis: Foraging success of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) with two non-indigenous Lake Ontario salmonids.
Advisor: Dr. Robert L. Scott
Teaching Higher Education Certificate, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto
Teaching Fundamentals – TATP Certificate, University of Toronto
Electrofishing Class 1, Watershed Science Centre, Trent University
Fisheries Assessment Certification from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO)
Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol Certification
All-Terrain Vehicle Training
Defensive Driving Certificate
Animal Care Procedure (Fish)
Hydrolab Maintenance Certification
Wilderness First Aid
First Aid & CPR
Experience with study and statistical design
Experience with environmental impact assessment
Experience with interpreting federal & provincial legislation (e.g. Species at Risk Act, Fisheries Act)
Experience with multiple fish & invertebrate sampling methods (passive & active gears)
Experience with radio telemetry, passive integrative transponder (PIT), visual implant elastomer
Experience with Geographic Information Systems (e.g. ArcView, IDRISI) & spatial statistics
Experience with univariate (e.g. GAM, GLM) & multivariate statistics (e.g. CCA, RDA, NMDS)
Experience with predictive & learning-based models (e.g. neural networks, random forest)
Experience with database creation & management (e.g. SQL in Microsoft Access)
Experience with genetic procedures (e.g. DNA extraction & purification, PCR)
Experience with best management practices, land-use management & erosion/sediment control
Experience with fish, mussel and invertebrate identification, including species at risk.
2008 – Lead Researcher (and Crew Leader): Understanding genetic architecture of the redside dace (various rivers, ON).
2007-2008 – Lead Researcher (and Crew Leader): Identifying critical habitat & movement for the endangered redside dace (various rivers, ON).
2007-2008 – Research Collaborator: Identifying dispersal patterns of endangered mussels (Unionidae) & their fish hosts (sw ON)
2006-2007 – Lead Researcher (and Crew Leader): Measuring geo-morphologic stream form in urbanized catchments (various rivers, ON)
2005, 2006 – Field Course Instructor: Monitoring changes in fish community dynamics through time (Duffins Creek, ON).
2005 – Crew Member: Measuring fish and invertebrate shifts along a physiochemical and geomorphologic gradient (northern lakes, ON).
2005 – Crew Leader: Measuring fish & invertebrate recovery from acidification in northern Ontario (northern lakes, near Wawa, ON)
2003 – Crew Member: Identifying movement patterns of endangered black redhorse (Grand River, ON)
2002-2003 – Lead Researcher (and Crew Leader): Sampling fish species at risk in rural agricultural systems (Sydenham River, ON)
2000 – Crew Member: Identifying impacts of urbanization on stream invertebrates (Thames River, ON)