Current Graduate Students

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.

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.

Gill Holmes (M.Sc. candidate) is studying the impacts of mining on arctic passerines and shorebirds. They are co-supervised by Dr. Paul Smith (ECCC) and me, and their study area is in the central Arctic, just north of Baker Lake, Nunavut. Gill comes with a strong background in avian ecological field work. They conducted their B.Sc. at Trent University on nesting Dunlin.

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 Grishaber (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.

Richard Huang (M.Sc. candidate) is conducting his M.Sc. on ecosystem dynamics in the sub-arctic, working with Dr. Glen Brown and me in Polar Bear Provincial Park, Ontario. Dr. Brown is a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF). Richard is a graduate of Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Callie Stirling (M.Sc. candidate) is conducting her M.Sc. on using drones to characterize shorebird breeding habitats in the sub-arctic of Polar Bear Provincial Park. She is also co-supervised by Dr. Glen Brown. She is a graduate of University of Waterloo.

Ben Walters (Ph.D. candidate) is conducting his degree on the effects of snow and soil moisture on ecosystem responses in the Oak Ridges Moraine. He is a Trent University graduate and is conducting his Ph.D. work part-time while he works at Fleming College.

Sarah Bonnett (M.Sc. candidate) is conducting her M.Sc. on the impacts of elevation on densities, reproductive success and provisioning rates in arctic passerines. Her field work is based out of the Agnico-Eagle Mine in central Nunavut. She is a Trent University graduate.

Andrew Brown (M.Sc. candidate) is conducting his M.Sc. on population dynamics of Semipalmated Plovers using data from the long-term study of this species in Churchill, MB. He is a Trent University graduate.

Olivia Maillet (M.Sc. candidate) is conducting her M.Sc. on the consequences of breeding behaviour to the migration biology of two poorly-known shorebirds: the Short-billed Dowitcher and the Stilt Sandpiper.