I am broadly interested in understanding how animals cope with challenges in their environment. I investigate how animals respond to environmental challenges both in the short term, through behavioural and physiological responses, and in the long term, through demographic and evolutionary responses. To address my research questions, I draw on tools from numerous disciplines, including endocrinology, hematology, population genetics, and field biology techniques.
I anticipate taking on 2 or 3 honour's students for the coming year. Interested students must be able to start on 1 May, so they can conduct field studies at the Queen's University Biological Station.
Potential projects could fall under one of these areas:
1) The effects of hormone implants on responses to disease in red-winged blackbirds.
2) Behavioral and possibly endocrine differences between chickadees caught during the winter using different capture methods.
3) Causes and correlates of long-term population decline in the QUBS tree swallows.
STARTING DATE: May 1