Current Graduate Students

Scott Flemming (Ph.D. candidate) 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 and Climate Change Canada.

Lisa Kennedy (Ph.D. candidate) 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 and Climate Change Canada.

Alexandra (Allie) Anderson (Ph.D. candidate) 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 and Climate Change Canada.

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.

Marley Aikens (M.Sc. candidate) is working on the migration strategies of Semipalmated Plovers in the Churchill region. She is using the Motus wildlife tracking network to track plovers from their breeding grounds, southwards. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University. She is being co-supervised by Dr. Glen Brown in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Hannah MacKellar (M.Sc. candidate) is studying migration strategies of Whimbrel from both Churchill, Manitoba and Burnt Point in Polar Bear Provincial Park, Ontario. She is also using nanotags and the Motus wildlife tracking network. She comes to the lab from Mount Allison University. She is being co-supervised by Dr. Glen Brown in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Amie MacDonald (M.Sc. candidate) is using resighting data of Red Knots from James Bay to estimate population sizes and survival of this endangered shorebird. Amie completed her B.Sc. at Mount Allison University. She is being co-supervised by Dr. Paul Smith.

Monica Fromberger (M.Sc. candidate) is completing her M.Sc. thesis on the impacts of different land-use practises on Bobolink reproduction. She is being co-supervised by Dr. Andy Campomizzi from BECO, a non-profit bird conservation organization in Ontario. Monica completed her undergraduate degree at Trent University.

Gill Holmes (M.Sc. candidate) is studying the impacts of mining on arctic passerines and shorebirds. She is working with Paul Smith and myself, and her study area is in the central Arctic, just north of Baker Lake, Nunavut. Gill comes with a strong background in avian ecological field work. She conducted her B.Sc. at Trent University.

Elizabeth Steadman (M.Sc. candidate) is conducting her M.Sc. research on which factors attract Piping Plovers to Ontario beaches. She is studying landscape factors and the food supply. She graduated from Laurentian University.

Natalie Grishabaur (M.Sc. candidate) is conducting her M.Sc. on defining cumulative impacts of mining and other development on arctic birds. She is a Trent University graduate.