I am a wetland ecologist specializing
in boreal and temperate systems and have been a
faculty member at MacEwan University since 2010.
I began my training as a Fish and Wildlife Technician
(Sir Sandford Fleming College, 1984) and later did
a BES Geography with an emphasis on biogeography
(University of Waterloo, 1997), an M.Sc. Biology
examing the effects of constructed wetlands on bird
communities and vegetation (University of Waterloo,
1999), and then a PhD in Environmental Biology and
Ecology , focussing a various aspects of boreal
peatlands from classification, biogeochemistry,
differences in plant diversity and rarity across
peatland types, the various impacts of logging on
peatlands, and biogeographical determinants of plant
diversity and rarity in wooded moderate-rich fens
(University of Alberta, 2005).
My research interests and expertise
are broad and include wetland classification and
evaluation, plant rarity, diversity, and biogeography,
plant ecology, bird and amphibian ecology, wetland
biogeochemistry, natural and human impacts on wetlands,
and wetland policy and practice. I have conducted
wetland and other research in the subarctic, boreal,
prairie, and temperate regions across Canada.
I am a practicing Professional
Wetland Scientist and Professional Biologist and
have experience conducting environmental impact
assessments, wetland evaluations, plant community
classification,and rare plant surveys.
I currently teach Freshwater Ecology
(Biol 310), Biological Statistics (Biol 337), and
Principles of Ecology (Biol 208), and co-teach Field
Methods in Ecology (Biol 410). For fall 2013 I am
teaching a special topics course, Biol 495, Contemporary
Issues in Freshwater Ecology.
I am Adjunct Professor at the
University of Alberta (Faculty of Agricultural,
Life, & Environmental Sciences) and at Athabasca
University (Faculty of Science and Technology at
At the University of Alberta I
sit on graduate student committees and am jointly-supervising
an M.Sc. student with Dr. Anne Naeth in the Department
of Renewable Resources. I am a participant in the
Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS)
program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.