Detect and predict change in refugia

My research is currently working to develop new tools to detect and predict changes in species at risk refugia. Especially in near-northern regions, new tools can be used to guide management decisions and inform policy on at-risk landscapes and species.

I collaborate on research projects to quantify and assess resilience of critical reptile habitats such as those used for reproduction, overwintering, and migration. In particular, I am interested in understanding the resilience of nesting habitat suitability and availability to disturbances such as flooding, drought, and wildfire.

In rock barren landscapes, species at risk often rely on ephemeral wetlands as important refugia when making long distance movements. In the face of a changing climate, changes to the presence and distribution of ephemeral wetlands could have significant impacts on species at risk. Through the combination of spatial ecology and ecohydrological approaches, my research seeks to detect and predict potential changes.