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 Demography of a breeding population of Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Colleen Murchison. M.Sc. Trent University Human disturbance impacts on migratory shorebirds in Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia


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


Alain Parada. M.Sc. Trent University2016. Stopover movement patterns by Blackpoll and Canada Warblers across southeastern Canada during fall migration: an automated radio-telemetry study.


Tianna Burke. M.Sc. Trent University2017. Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) colony persistence and productivity in aggregate and natural habitats.


Beverly McClenaghan. M.Sc.Trent University 2018. Using DNA barcoding to investigate the diet and food supply of a declining aerial insectivore, the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica). Co-supervised.

Alice Pintaric. M.Sc. Trent University2018. The impact of agricultural land use on Bobolink occurrence, abundance, and reproductive success in an alvar landscape. Bobolink.


Simone Williams. M.Sc. Trent University2019. Risk of mortality for Semipalmated Plovers throughout its life cycle.

Scott Flemming. Ph.D. Trent University2019. Effects of hyperabundant geese on sympatric species.

Ellen Jamieson. M.Sc. Trent University2019. Patterns of non-breeding shorebird distribution and abundance on Bull Island, South Carolina.

Dan Chronowic. M.Sc. Trent University2019. Detection patterns in Upland Sandpipers in central Ontario, Canada.

Monica Fromberger. M.Sc. Trent University2019. Local and landscape effects on Bobolink nest success in Southern Ontario.

Hannah MacKellar. M.Sc. Trent University2019. Whimbrel phenology and migration patterns from two sub-arctic locations.

Alexandra Anderson. Ph.D. Trent University2019. Migration strategies of shorebirds through James Bay, Ontario


Elizabeth Steadman M.Sc. 2021. Elizabeth. conducted her M.Sc. research on which factors attract Piping Plovers to Ontario beaches. She was studying landscape factors and the food supply. She graduated from Laurentian University.

Gill Holmes M.Sc. 2022. Gill studied the impacts of mining on arctic passerines and shorebirds. They wereco-supervised by Dr. Paul Smith (ECCC) and me, and their study area was 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.


Marley Aikens M.Sc. 2022 Marley studied the migration strategies of Semipalmated Plovers in the Churchill region. She used the Motus wildlife tracking network to track plovers from their breeding grounds, southwards. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University. She was co-supervised by Dr. Glen Brown in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Natalie Grishaber M.Sc. 2022. Natalie has completed her M.Sc. on defining cumulative impacts of mining and other development on arctic birds. She now works for Environment and Climate Change Canada in Yellowknife, NWT.