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Field surveys in Ontario. Photo: James Marcaccio

I am a wildlife and conservation biologist with expertise in the protection and management of threatened wildlife and wild spaces. I specialize in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, integrating a combination of spatial and landscape ecology, GIS, remote sensing, and hydrology approaches to drive evidence-based decision making in wildlife management and environmental policy.

Healthy Species need Healthy Spaces – My research aims to ensure the long-term conservation of healthy wildlife populations and the landscapes they depend on. In particular, I am intrigued by the complex spatiotemporal interactions between reptiles and their terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

My research on herpetofauna began in 2011, when I had the opportunity to assist on a long-term project in Costa Rica monitoring sea turtle nesting beaches and protecting nests. Since then, my work has focused on reptiles within the Great Lakes Basin. I have had the opportunity to study the health and wellbeing of threatened reptile populations throughout Ontario.

In my spare time, you can find me reading books, scuba diving, or out for walks with my dog.

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Ecohydrology Lab at McMaster University. McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.

Sessional Faculty – ENVIR SC 3B03 Ecosystems and Global Change – Winter 2022

Fellowships

2017 — present Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2014 — 2017 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – PhD

2013 — 2014 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – MSc

2012 — 2013 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

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