Use and function of critical habitat

Through a landscape ecology approach, I examine habitat composition and key features contributing to habitat occupancy and suitability for reptiles at-risk.

I use radio tracking and GPS devices to collect spatio-temporal habitat use and movement data on freshwater turtles. In particular, an important focus is monitoring potential changes in habitat use and movement patterns as a result of development and land cover alterations.

I am also interested in overwintering habitat and determining the characteristics that are associated with occupied overwintering habitats.