Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta

Director – Bioacoustic Unit
Co-director – Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute / Applications Centre
Co-investigator – Boreal Avian Modelling Project
Co-investigator – Boreal Ecosystem and Recovery assessment Project

Personal website:


  • Bioacoustics
  • Habitat selection
  • Data management
  • Cumulative effects assessment
  • Landscape ecology
  • Avian biology

Research Interests

My research centers on understanding the cumulative ecological impacts of human activities on biodiversity. We use a combination of behavioral, population, and community ecology in combination with cutting edge techniques in wildlife monitoring, survey design, geographic information systems, and habitat modelling. Our goal is to provide recommendations on how biodiversity reacts to various types of human and natural disturbance with the goal of achieving better conservation outcomes. This includes understanding interactions between native and invasive species, interactions between climate change and land-use, and economic – ecological trade-off assessment. While many in the lab work on birds, there is no particular taxonomic bias to our research. We work closely with government, industry, and conservation organizations to facilitate better conservation decision making.