As a researcher, I’m interested in improving our understanding of how wildlife populations are impacted by climate and habitat change. I have a special interest in migratory species and the ecological factors that contribute to population change in this group.
With Dr. Kathy Martin in the department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, I am using a multi-species approach to untangle local and non-local climate effects on the phenology (timing) of breeding among cavity-nesting bird species in the interior of British Columbia. These communities are composed of birds with differing movement strategies – some are migratory, others remain near their breeding locations over winter. Despite a common breeding location, migrant and resident species may show different responses to climate variation or change. While the timing of breeding (and ultimately breeding success) for both residents and migrants is expected to be influenced by local conditions, migrant phenology may also be influenced by conditions these species encounter elsewhere. The interior of British Columbia has experienced rapid warming over the past 100 years and this work will help us understand how forest wildlife communities in British Columbia have changed and will change under projected climate regimes.