Past Graduate Students and Positions


Ed Snucins. M.Sc. Trent University. Effects of lake acidification on overwintering survival of juvenile small mouth bass. Ed works as a fisheries biologist for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.


Graeme Taylor. M.Sc. Queen’s University. The effects of phylogeny and ecology on brain structure in the anurans. Graeme completed his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario.


Brook Lauro. Ph.D. Queen’s University. Habitat selection in the oystercatchers in Tasmania, Australia. Brook teaches Biology at St. Johns University in New York.


Nancy Mahony. M.Sc. Trent University. The effects of sugar maple decline on the reproduction of chickadees and chestnut-sided warblers near Sudbury, Ontario. Nancy completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia on the biology of the Brewer’s Sparrow. She currently works for the Canadian Wildlife Service in British Columbia.


Michèle Sullivan Blanken. M.Sc. Trent University. Egg and clutch-size variability and parental behaviour in the Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) at Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Michèle teaches children at a small school in Boulder Colorado.

Joanne Tuckwell. M.Sc. Trent University. The flexibility in foraging behaviour of the American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) in winter. Joanne works for Parks Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Laura Flynn. M.Sc. Trent Unversity. Philopatry, nest site tenacity, and mate fidelity in Semipalmated Plovers (Charadrius semipalmatus) breeding at Churchill, Manitoba. Laura teaches high school in Squamish, B.C.


Andrea Kingsley. M.Sc. Trent University. The effect of uniform shelterwood logging on the plant and bird communities of the East side of Algonquin Provincial Park.  Andrea works as a consulting biologist in Ontario.


Yuri Zharikov. M.Sc. Trent University. Mating behaviour and paternity of socially monogamous Semipalmated Plovers (Charadrius semipalmatus) breeding in the sub-Arctic. Yuri completed his Ph.D. at the University of Queensland, Australia and is now a regional ecologist for Parks Canada in Tofino, B.C.

Dawn Burke. Ph.D. Trent University. The relationship between forest fragmentation, food abundance, nest site habitat, and reproductive success of forest breeding birds: a study in the Peterborough Region of Ontario. Dawn is regional ecologist for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in London, Ontario.


Debbie Badzinski. M.Sc. Trent University. Population dynamics of Semipalmated Plovers breeding at Churchill, MB. Debbie currently works as the Bird Population Biologist for Bird Studies Canada.


Grace Bottitta. M.Sc. Trent University. Incubation behaviour of Common Eiders on Southampton Island, Nunavut. Grace is living in Germany.


Andrew Jobes. M.Sc. Trent University. Effects of single-tree selection cutting on avian nesting success, nest predator communities, and nest-site availability in a continuously-forested landscape. Andrew works with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in the Species -at-Risk section.


Doug Tozer. M.Sc. Trent University. Point count efficiency and nesting success in marsh-nesting birds.


Katherine Graham. M.Sc. Trent University. The effect of weather variability and body condition on Semipalmated Plovers. Katherine teaches mathematics in the school in Churchill, Manitoba. Katherine taught in Coral Harbour, Nunavut for two years and currently lives in Churchill, Manitoba.

Sean Male. M.Sc. Trent University. Reproductive ecology of the Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) near a diamond mine. Sean is working for an environmental consulting company.


Erin Mosley. M.Sc. Trent University. Songbird diversity in riparian and upland areas in the boreal mixedwood forests of Ontario. Erin is currently working for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Lyndsay Smith, M.Sc. Trent University. The impacts of silvicultural practices on the Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) in woodlots of Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Lyndsay is working on a post-doctoral fellowship  at McMaster University.

Melissa Rose. M.Sc. Trent University. Melissa is working as an intern for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Katherine MacCulloch. M.Sc. Trent University. Habitat use and day-time activity budgets of shorebirds wintering in a tropical environment. Kate finished a 1-year M.Sc. project on the shorebird community of Cayo Guillermo, Cuba. She is currently in medical school at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Sonya Richmond, S. M.Sc. Trent University. The importance of local versus landscape scale features in the demography of three forest breeding songbirds. Sonya is conducting her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.


Bree Beveridge, M.Sc. Trent University. Habitat associations and nest success of Red-necked Phalaropes (Phalaropus lobatus) in the MacKenzie Delta, Northwest Territories. Bree is working for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Species at Risk.

Linh Nguyen, Ph.D. Trent University. Factors affecting the occurrence and survival of Semipalmated Plover nests in the Hudson Bay lowlands. Linh works as a research ecologist for Parks Canada in Inuvik, N.W.T.


Carmen Lishman, M.Sc. Trent University. Breeding biology and habitat selection of the Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellus socialis).

Erin Wiancko, M.Sc. Trent University. The effects of resort development on migrants and residents in Cayo Coco, Cuba. Currently Veterinary Medicine student.

Kata Bavrlic. M.Sc. Trent University. The effects of partial harvesting on cavity-nesting birds in the Carolinian forests of southwestern Ontario: habitat responses and species interactions.


Melissa Straus. M.Sc.Trent University.  Reproductive success of cavity-nesting birds in southwestern Ontario: implications for silviculture. Currently Biological Consultant.

Jeffrey Balsdon. M.Sc. Trent University. The impacts of experimental selection silviculture on the breeding ecology of Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Currently Biological Consultant.

Kate Ballantyne. M.Sc. Trent University. Whimbrel nest success and habitat change in Churchill, Manitoba.

Benjamin Walters. M.Sc. Trent University.The effect of recreational trails and roads on breeding birds in two large southern Ontario forests. Currently Ph.D. student, Trent University.

John Leblanc. M.Sc. Trent University. Living in  the slash: the effects of selection logging on Ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) in Algonquin Park, Ontario.


Myles Falconer. M.Sc. Trent University. Eastern Wood-pewee ecology in the Ganaraska Forest. Currently, Biologist, Bird Studies Canada.

Katy Forgues. M.Sc. Trent University. The effects of off-road vehicles on migrating shorebirds in Maryland and Virginia barrier islands. Currently Ph.D. student, Virginia Tech University.

Karla Falk. M.Sc.  Trent University. Spatial arrangements of nests in fragmented and continuous forests of southern Ontario, Canada.

Doug Tozer. Ph.D. Trent University. The ecology of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Algonquin Park, Ontario. Currently Biologist, Bird Studies Canada.

Mark Williamson. Ph.D. Trent University. Incubation energetics of the Semipalmated Plover. Currently Professor, Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Mary Garvey. M.Sc. Trent University. A spatial analysis of factors affecting the nesting ecology of shorebirds in the Canadian prairie-parklands. Currently biologist for Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.


Rhiannon Leshyk. M.Sc. Trent University. The effect of group-selection forest harvesting on the physiology and reproductive output of breeding ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla). Currently Environmental Consultant.

Lisa Pollock. M.Sc. Trent University. The importance of Akimiski Island, Nunavut, as a stopover site for migrant shorebirds. Currently research technician, Environment Canada.

Eleanor Proctor. M.Sc. Trent University 
The responses of insect pollinators and understory plants to group selection tree harvesting in Algonquin Provincial Park.


Andrea Storm-Suke. Ph.D. Trent University.
The use of stable-hydrogen isotopes in connectivity studies: a test of assumptions & application with trace element analysis.

Daniel Geleynse, M.Sc. Trent University
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) habitat selection and demography in logged and unlogged forests of Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada.


Melissa Creasey, M.Sc. Trent University
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulecens) nesting success and nest site selection in the single-tree selection harvested forests of Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada. Melissa works for the Credit Valley Conservation Authority.

C. Anne Corkery. M.Sc. Trent University
Effects of environment on invertebrate availability and subsequent effects on growth of Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) chicks at Churchill, Manitoba. Anne teaches in a French Immersion school in Durham Regional Municipality, Ontario..

Danielle Gough. M.Sc. Trent University
Song structure and habitat associations of Pacific Wrens (Troglodytes pacificus) in a temperate rainforest. Danielle works for Ontario Parks in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Devin Turner. M.Sc. Trent University
Habitat selection and life-history traits of breeding birds in the boreal-tundra ecotone, with special attention to the American Robin (Turdus migratorius). Devin works for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Red Lake, Ontario.

Peter Lin. M.Sc. Trent University
Spatial dynamics of pollination in dioecious Shepherdia canadensis in Yukon, Canada. Peter is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Ottawa.


Johanna Perz. M.Sc. Trent University

Colleen Murchison. M.Sc. Trent University


Laura Koloski. M.Sc.Trent University
Sexual dimorphism and population dynamics of sub-Arctic breeding Dunlin (Calidris alpina hudsonai) near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.