Faculty with Wildlife and Fisheries Interests

The Wildlife and Fisheries Program draws on courses from a number of disciplines, but is housed in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program.  Faculty from this Program who have an interest in wildlife and fisheries and who teach the core courses include:

Dr. Erin Baerwald, Assistant ProfessorErin Baerwald
New Lab 8-313
(250) 960-5664
Dr. Baerwald and her students work to better understand migratory behaviours of animals and to apply this knowledge to the conservation of migratory species and the integrity of their migratory routes. Migratory animals are a priority for conservation because they are at greater risk of extinction than sedentary animals. In fact, migration itself is now considered an endangered phenomenon. Even among migrants, the risk of extinction is not equal; animals that migrate long distances are at greater risk than those that migrate short distances, and among long-distance migrants, aerial-foraging insectivores are at the greatest risk. Therefore, Erin is particularly interested in migratory bats, a group that fits all those high-risk categories.

Dr. Heather Bryan, Assistant Professor
New Lab 8-334Heather Bryan
(250) 960-5861
Dr. Bryan’s research aims to elucidate the responses of wildlife to environmental change using bioindicators combined with landscape-level analyses and modeling. Specifically, she uses measures of individual health, such as parasites and hormones, to better understand the effects of potential stressors on wildlife. This approach provides understanding of the mechanisms by which wildlife respond to environmental change, which in turn may inform conservation and management practices aimed at promoting wildlife health. Current areas of research include the role of predators in the ecology of diseases, the effects of landscape change on parasite-host associations, and the relationships between environmental change, physiology, and disease susceptibility in wildlife.

LOGODr. Russ Dawson, Professor
New Lab 8-428
(250) 960-6068
Dr. Dawson is an avian ecologist whose interests include determining the important proximate and ultimate factors influencing reproductive effort and success in birds. Specific areas of interest include mate choice, sexual selection, parasitology, and the mediating role that variation in environmental conditions has for the evolution of life-history traits. He holds a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Chris Johnson, Professor
New Lab 8-330
(250) 960-5357

Dr. Johnson's research integrates the disciplines of wildlife, landscape, and conservation ecology to plan for and mitigate the influences of human developments on the environment. Typically working at broad spatial scales using GIS, remotely sensed data, and advanced statistical models, Chris also has an appreciation for field investigations and multiscale phenomena. Current research themes include cumulative impacts of resource development on Arctic wildlife, assessment of species-distribution models, and community-based conservation monitoring and planning.

Dr. Eduardo Martins, Assistant Professor
New Lab 8-312
(250) 960-5855

Dr. Martins' research lies at the interface of organismal and population ecology of freshwater fishes found in temperate and tropical environments. He is particularly interested in the thermal behavior and movements of freshwater fishes and how they influence the dynamics of their populations. His research methods combine bio-telemetry and bio-logging technologies, to collect data from free-ranging fish, with advanced statistical and mathematical models.

Dr. Saphida Migabo, Senior Lab InstructorSaphida
New Lab 8-332
(250) 960-5009
Dr.  Migabo obtained her PHD from Cornell University.  Her research interest includes wildlife-habitat interactions, wildlife productivity, tropical ecology and rare and endangered plants, animals and ecosystems.

Dr. Ken Otter, ProfessorDr. Ken Otter
New Lab 8-339
(250) 960-5019

Dr. Otter's research addresses how habitat disturbance affects both reproductive and communication behaviour in forest birds. Using a combination of ecological, genetic and behavioural techniques, he and his students are interested in the impact of habitat on signal reliability, mating strategies and ultimately reproductive output of forest generalist birds occupying postdisturbance landscapes. Ken received his PhD from Queen's University.

Lisa PoirerDr. Lisa Poirier, Assistant Professor
New Lab 8-143
(250) 960-6124
Dr. Poirier's research interests include Insect behaviour and ecology; chemical ecology and management of forest insects; aquatic entomology.

Roy ReaDr. Roy Rea, Senior Lab Instructor
New Lab 8-206
(250) 960-5833

Roy Rea's research interests include plant-animal interactions, mitigation of ungulate-vehicle encounters through habitat manipulation, considerations for critical habitat features in forest management and planning and science education through research.

Mark ShrimptonDr. Mark Shrimpton, Professor
New Lab 8-432
(250) 960-5991

Dr. Shrimpton earned his Phd from the University of British Columbia. He has interests in the physiological response of fish to environmental disturbance, particularly how physical changes in the environment affect endocrine, biochemical, physiological and molecular factors that regulate growth and development in fish.