Current Graduate Students

Scott Flemming conducted his M.Sc. research on seabirds in New Zealand. He returned to Canada to work in the arctic on the demographic responses of arctic-breeding shorebirds to hyper abundant goose populations, after a career in consulting. He is being co-supervised by Dr. Paul Smith, Environment Canada.

Lisa Kennedy comes from the avian physiology lab at Western University, where she studied migration strategies of migrating passerines. She is now working on the stress responses of arctic-breeding shorebirds as a result of disturbance and interference by sympatric arctic goose populations. She is being co-supervised by Dr. Paul Smith, Environment Canada.

Alexandra (Allie) Anderson is conducting her Ph.D. on migration strategies of shorebirds using the Ontario James Bay shoreline as a stopover site. She conducted her M.Sc. work on American Kestrels and is a graduate of Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. She is being co-supervised by Dr. Paul Smith, Environment Canada.

Beverly MacClenaghan (M.Sc. candidate) is conducting her M.Sc. research on the diet of the threatened Ontario bird, the Barn Swallow. She is using innovative techniques to determine the diet of this species from its fecal pellets and from the environment. She graduated with a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph.

Alice Pintaric (M.Sc. candidate) is conducting her M.Sc. research on the impacts of continuous grazing on the reproductive success of the Bobolink in the Carden Plains area of central Ontario. She is also using geolocators on this species to determine the location of their wintering grounds in South America. She comes to the Nol lab from the University of Guelph.

Dan Chronowic (M.Sc. candidate, part-time) is working on his M.Sc. while being employed as a public school teacher. Dan’s thesis topic is understanding colonization and extinction dynamics of breeding Upland Sandpipers in the Ontario settled landscape.

Alain Parada (M.Sc. candidate) comes to Trent from Cuba where he had studied rare and endangered Cuban birds for many years. He is currently completing his M.Sc. thesis on the migration strategies of Blackpoll and Canada Warblers as they migrate through Long Point, Ontario. He is being co-supervised by Dr. Phil Taylor of Acadia University.

Mary Cheung (M.Sc. candidate, part-time) As part of a larger project examining the effects of bottom-up processes on communities of insectivorous birds, Mary is focussing on Red-eyed Vireos (Vireo olivaceous) and Ovenbirds (Seuirus aurocapilla). She is a graduate of Queen’s University.

Ben Walters (Ph.D. candidate, part-time) is working on the potential for bottom up effects from hydrology and snow fall on communities of insectivorous birds. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Trent University.

Simone Williams (M.Sc. candidate, part-time) is working on a life-cycle analysis of mortality in the Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus). Simone is a B.Sc. graduate of Trent University.