My main research interests are in population dynamics and stress physiology, and bridging these fields to answer ecological questions
Current PhD Research
I am studying the importance of food in the snowshoe hare cycle, and trying to determine the mechanisms through which food may be acting upon the hares. Snowshoe hares experience dramatic changes in abundance every 10 years. Currently is it believed that one of the main drivers causing these population fluctuations is intense predation from Canada lynx. However, we are still uncertain of how changing food availability may contribute to this pattern. The goal of this project is to provide supplemental food to a target group of snowshoe hares and monitor their survival, behaviour and reproduction. If food is an important factor in the snowshoe hare cycle, I expect supplemented hares to have increased survival, decreased risky behaviour and increased reproductive output.