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Evaluating trade-offs: the effects of foraging, biting flies, and footing on wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) habitat useDownload
Understanding the distribution of forage is important in predicting the distribution, habitat use (behaviour), movements, and fitness-related traits of large, grazing ungulates. Although this bottom-up perspective provides a foundation for understanding habitat supply and thus nutrition, foraging...
Glass sponge reefs are globally unique ecosystems on Canada’s western continental shelf that are susceptible to harm from fishing (e.g., bottom-contact trawling). In 2017, a marine protected area (MPA) was created to protect four of these reefs in Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound. Three...
Assessing the relationships between weather, food limitation and breeding ecology in an Arctic top predatorDownload
A long term project being conducted on a population of Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) breeding near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada, has chronicled a steady decline in annual productivity over 30 years. By documenting the direct effects of summer rainfall on nestling mortality, a recent study...
Ecological Ideologies of Modernity and Their Temporal-Spatial Representations in Canadian, Russian, and Polish Literatures of the Twentieth CenturyDownload
The dissertation focuses on the temporal-spatial representations of the ecological ideologies of modernity in the writings of Canadian authors Georges Bugnet, Sheila Watson, and Howard O’Hagan, Russian authors Andrei Bitov and Tatiana Tolstaia, and Polish author Czesław Miłosz. The concept of...
The Biogeography of Ground Beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) on the Islands of Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan, CanadaDownload
Islands offer unusual opportunities for studying theoretical concepts in ecology. I studied the role of island size and isolation in structuring assemblages of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) on the islands and adjacent mainland of Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada. Carabid beetles were...
Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) enter a period of intensified feeding in the spring, which allows for the accumulation of energy stores critical to surviving the open water season. Study on polar bear predation has been limited by sample size and spatial extent, and hypotheses on the demographic...
Natural regeneration in the boreal forest: seedling establishment and success in western North American and European boreal forestsDownload
As the costs and ecological implications of intensive forest management rise, alternative management strategies that minimize intervention become more desirable options, particularly natural regeneration. Two locations were studied: the boreal mixedwoods of western North America (Alberta) and...
The Ecology, Neoichnology and Sedimentology of Siliciclastic Hardground Communities: Implications for Trypanites Assemblages in the Rock RecordDownload
The paleoecology of rocky substrates in the rock record is commonly interpreted based on ichnology (the Trypanites ichnofacies) and is frequently associated with a biotic assemblage with low diversity. However, analyses of two modern, siliclastic, intertidal hardground community at Lion Rock,...
The worldwide biodiversity crisis has intensified the need to better understand how biodiversity and human disturbance are related. Yet this relationship lacks both consensus in theoretical expectations and consistency in observed empirical patterns. I present one of the largest extent studies...
Microbiota are ubiquitous in nature. Similarities as well as differences are present between microbiota in animals and fermentation systems. The aim of the PhD project was to investigate factors affects microbial ecology in rodent and sourdough models. To determine how compromised health of the...