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You would never know that as a young puppy, Lily Ann had a broken bone that never healed properly, causing one leg to be shorter than the other.
This has not stopped her from enjoying life, though, as Lily has no idea she is different.
Lily is a happy go lucky girl who runs zoomies around Rosie, my mother’s senior rescue Airedale. She enjoys car rides with the windows down, going to the local dog park, and playing with her many Jolly Balls and other toys.
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.