Current Research

Broadly speaking, I study causes and consequences of variation in animal behaviour, energetics, and their interactions. From genetic underpinnings to life history consequences, the way animals behave is a complex and fascinating interaction between genes and environment.

I started my PhD in the Lane Lab at the University of Saskatchewan in January 2016. My thesis work investigates what drives the variation we see in resource acquisition and energy management among individuals. I have joined the long-term Kluane Red Squirrel Project to study this phenomenon in North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) living in southwest Yukon, Canada.

Check out some of the interviews I have done with local media to find out more! Using tools from camera traps to accelerometers, plus a whole lot of counting spruce cones, I am testing hypotheses about cost-benefit balances expressed through food acquisition.

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Red squirrel foraging for spruce buds in October 2016.