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I am a biologist interested in causes and consequences of variation in behaviour, energetics, and genetics within individuals and within populations. I am primarily an evolutionary & behavioural ecologist, with experience in physiology, quantitative genetics, and molecular genetics.

One with the squirrels.
Sculpture by Mary Anne Barkhouse. Toronto, Canada

Current Research Interests:
I am currently finishing my PhD studying variation in resource acquisition – namely, food-caching in North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). I am exploring relationships among life history, physiology, and ecology to better understand the range of caching success we observe and to give us insight into the evolution of behaviour.

Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus) at Ptarmigan Cirque, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in the Alberta Rockies

Current Positions: I recently joined Canadian Science Publishing full-time as a Journal Development Specialist for the Canadian Journal of Zoology and Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

I serve on the advisory committee for CSEE’s Section for Long-Term Research, on the Systematic Collections Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists, and am a co-organizer with Support Our Science.

Making new friends in the cloud forest of Ecuador

I am also interested in the evolution and maintenance of sex ratios in vertebrates, long-term ecological research as infrastructure and theoretical frameworks (particularly as graduate student training arenas), and the role of behaviour in eco-evolutionary dynamics. Previously, my research focused on studying patterns of genomic copy number variation using SNP microarrays.

Red squirrel in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan

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Kluane, Yukon

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