Current Students

KIIRSTI OWEN

KIIRSTI OWEN

Kiirsti is undertaking her PhD in the lab, co-supervised by Joe Nocera at UNB, looking at coastal wetlands and waterbird changes in Maritime Canada.

BEATRIZ MARTINS

BEATRIZ MARTINS

Beatriz is a MSc student at Technico Lisboa, a university in Portugal, examining mercury in aquatic food chains of wetlands. She's co-supervised with Dr. Nelson O'Driscoll and Dr. Joao Canario.

ZOE BROWN

ZOE BROWN

Zoe is undertaking her BSc thesis research, studying plastic debris along wrack lines on Nova Scotia beaches.

MOLLY BRADFORD

MOLLY BRADFORD

Molly is co-supervised with Dr. Nelson O'Driscoll, and is examining mercury uptake in macroinvertebrates from different brackish environments along the coast

KRISTEN NOEL

KRISTEN NOEL

Kristen is studying the role that eider shelters can play in helping recover breeding populations around Nova Scotia; co-supervised with Dr. Shawn Craik

JULIA BAAK

JULIA BAAK

Julia did her BSc thesis on seabirds in Nova Scotia, and has started her MSc (co-supervised by Dr. Jennifer Provencher) looking at circumpolar policies on plastic pollution, and what pollution ends up in seabirds

KRISTIN BIANCHINI

KRISTIN BIANCHINI

Kristin joins the lab on a Mitacs-supported post-doctoral project examining whether common loon populations in Ontario have recovered from historic negative effects of acid rain as well as cottage development. The project is co-led by Doug Tozer at Bird Studies Canada as well as Rob Alvo. It will use data from Rob's 30+ year samping of lakes in the vicinity of Sudbury, along with the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey dataset, and some data from the Canadian Wildlife Service.

LAUREN MUZAK RUFF

LAUREN MUZAK RUFF

Lauren is an environmental science student, doing her MSc on biotransport of contaminants by gaspereau, and is co-supervised by Ian Spooner

AVERY NAGY-MacARTHUR

AVERY NAGY-MacARTHUR

Avery joins the lab from completing her BSc at Mount Allison University. Avery is working on the various tern species at Country Island, NS, in a collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada, to determine marine habitat use and niche overlap.

JOANNA WONG

JOANNA WONG

Joanna is looking at migratory connectivity of North American Arctic terns, and is co-supervised by Marie Auger-Methe at UBC. She is using tracking data from terns collected at breeding sites from Alaska to high Arctic Nunavut to eastern Nova Scotia. This is a large, collaborative project with contributions from researchers in Alaska, central and northern Nunavut, and Nova Scotia.

NICK KNUTSON

NICK KNUTSON

Nick is studying nesting requirements of endangered Roseate Terns in southern Nova Scota, with a goal of identifying additional suitable or recoverable habitat for this bird

SARAH GUTOWSKY

SARAH GUTOWSKY

Sarah is a Weston and Mitacs post-doctoral fellow. She has worked on Arctic marine bird movements, spatio-temporal trends in woodcock in Nova Scotia, and now marine ecosystem drivers of trends in eider and other seaduck/seabird abundance in Atlantic Canada.

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