Faculty Lecturers and Adjunct Professors

Faculty Lecturers

Michael Harrington
Office: BSB B-318
Phone: 780-438-3324
Email: mjh@ualberta.ca

Adjunct Professors

Dr. Donald Brinkman

Director of Preservation and Research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology


Donald Brinkman's Publications

Research Focus: Turtles of the Cretaceous and Paleocene of North America, with special emphasis on biogeographic patterns and the effect of climate change on distribution patterns during this time.


Dr. Daniel Charlebois

Assistant Professor of Biophysics, Department of Physics, University of Alberta


Research Website

Daniel Charlebois's Publications

Research Focus: Our research focuses on combining physics and biology to make fundamental advances in the areas of gene regulatory networks, bioelectromagnetics, and antimicrobial resistance. We develop quantitative mathematical/computational models and perform experiments on genetically engineered and pathogenic yeast strains.

Dr. Joel Dacks

Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Cell Biology/
Professor, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta 


Research Focus: Using evolutionary cell biological approaches to understand the diversity of membrane-trafficking systems in eukaryotes and the mechanisms that gave rise to modern cellular complexity. We use molecular evolutionary analyses working with protist genomic data upstream and molecular cell biology downstream, almost always collaboratively because it is simultaneously more effective and more fun that way!

Joel Dacks' Publications

Dr. Craig Emmerton

Watershed Scientist, Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta

craig.emmerton@gov.ab.ca, emmerton@ualberta.ca

Research Focus: Using multi-disciplinary approaches (e.g., hydrology, biogeochemistry, terrestrial ecology) to understand the cycling of water, carbon, nutrients and contaminants in freshwater catchments and how these processes respond to human stressors.

Dr. Alastair Franke

Arctic Raptors Inc.


Alastair Franke's Publications

Research Focus: linking ecological theory to reproductive and migratory strategies of predatory birds, response of Arctic-nesting migrant birds to environmental variation associated with climate change and industrial development; migratory and breeding phenology, foraging behavior, reproductive success and survival in adult birds of prey and their offspring

Dr. Chris Glover

Campus Alberta Innovates Program Research Chair, Athabasca University, and Athabasca River Basin Research Institute


Chris Glover's Publications

Research Focus: Aquatic toxicology (metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other emerging organic contaminants), environmental physiology of fish and invertebrates, epithelial transport of nutrients, ions and toxicants, hagfish biology, biological roles of dissolved organic matter, marine biology.


Dr. Bronwyn Hancock

Associate Vice President, Research Development at Yukon University


Bronywn Hancock's Publications

Research Focus: Climate change, northern environments, adaptation, water isotope tracers, northern hydrology, northern communities, applied research.


Dr. David Hik

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University


David Hik's Publications

Research Focus: Mountain and Arctic ecology; plant-animal interactions; herbivory; resilience; climate change.


Dr. Kimberly Howland

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Freshwater Institute


Kimberly Howland's Publications

Research Focus: Ecology and evolution of northern fish species with a focus on critical habitat, trophic relationships, movements, population dynamics and intra-specific diversity of harvested fish species in large river and lake systems.



Dr. Murray Humphries

Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Environment Sciences, McGill University


Murray Humphries' Google Scholar

Research Interests: 1) Wildlife Biologging Across Space and Time
We aim to capitalize on recent advances in biologging tools to advance knowledge regarding the role of physiology and behaviour in shaping the abundance, distribution, health, and coexistence of wildlife populations across environmental gradients. We use different biologging techniques, including external tags, trail cameras, tissue analysis, acoustics, etc., to monitor movement, activity, and energetic of various wildlife species across different landscapes, from the boreal forest of southwestern Yukon to the coastal waters of Baffin Island. Our research is conducted both in the lab and in the field, often in collaboration with northern communities or one of our many partners. 

​2) Environmental Change, Wildlife & Traditional Food Security
In collaboration with many northern research partners and collaborators, including federal and provincial governments, private corporations, and indigenous organizations, we are interested in understanding, predicting and monitoring impacts of environmental change on traditionally harvested wildlife species. Our approach combines community-based participatory research with studies of climatic and environmental determinants of the distribution, abundance, and health of traditional food and furbearing species. We work in close partnership with northern communities to design and implement locally relevant field-based research at the interface of scientific and traditional ecological knowledge. 

Dr. Richard Jobin

Forensic Unit Manager, Special Investigations and Forensic Services Section, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch, Justice and Solicitor General, Government of Alberta.


Research Focus: Population genetics, forensic genetics (genetics aimed at the identification of individuals or species), species identification via morphology and fisheries and wildlife management.

Dr. Nicholas Kettridge

Senior Lecturer in Water Sciences, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham


Nick Kettridge's Publications

Google Scholar

Research Focus: Dr. Nick Kettridge specializes in characterizing the ecohydrological resilience of ecosystems to both natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Much of his research focuses on peatlands; understanding the processes that control the provision of key ecosystem services within these environments, and quantifying their response to changing climatic conditions and extreme events such as fire and drought.


Dr. Clément Lagrue 

Science Advisor Ecosystems, Department of Conservation
New Zealand


Research Focus: Parasitology, Freshwater Ecology, Ecosystem Conservation, Wildlife Diseases and Parasites.

Clement Lagrue's Google Scholar


Dr. Lisa Lumley

ABMI Mite Taxonomist, Royal Alberta Museum

lisa.lumley@gov.ab.ca; llumley@ualberta.ca

Lisa Lumley's Google Scholar  Lisa Lumley's ORCID

Research Focus: Entomology; acarology; molecular ecology; species delimitation; speciation; forest pest genomics; biodiversity monitoring; oribatid mites; spruce budworm.

Dr. C. Lisa Mahon

Wildlife Biologist, Boreal Landbird Biologist, Population Assessment Unit, Prairie and Northern Region, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada


C. Lisa Mahon's Publications

Research Focus: Conservation and management of landbirds with a focus on the effects of local and regional scale resource development (energy, forestry) on upland and lowland forest-bird communities and populations; multi-scale resource selection; predator-prey-environment relationships; monitoring, simulation modelling, and establishing population and habitat objectives for landbird populations. Current research focus includes examining oil sands-boreal landbird habitat use patterns in lowland black spruce forests in northeastern Alberta.


Dr. Jessamyn Manson

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Virginia


Jessamyn Manson's Publications

Research Focus: Pollination biology, chemical ecology, species interactions, plant ecology, insect biodiversity.

Dr. Stephen Matter

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati


Research Focus: Spatial population ecology, plant-insect interactions, how populations respond to forest encroachment, environmental observation and modelling.

Dr. Margo Pybus

Fish and Wildlife Division of Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta


Margo Pybus's Publications

Research Focus: Wildlife parasites and diseases: ecology, conservation, and appropriate management.

Dr. Rainie Sharpe

Golder Associates Ltd.


Rainie Sharpe's Publications

Research Focus: Ecotoxicology; Fish Health; Fish Physiology; Toxicity Testing; Water Quality; Endocrine Disruption; Environmental Effects Monitoring,; Aquatic Effects Monitoring.


Dr. Zijian Sim

Wildlife Forensic Biologist, Investigative Services, Sheriffs Branch, Government of Alberta 


Zijian Sim Google Scholar


Research Focus: Wildlife forensics; Wildlife forensic DNA analysis; Population genetics of wildlife.


Dr. Péter Sólymos

Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute; Boreal Avian Modelling Project


Péter Sólymos's Publications

Research Focus: Developing efficient methods and algorithms for big data and complex models, and applying these techniques to better inform large-scale conservation and management of biodiversity.


Dr. Ian Stirling

Research Scientist Emeritus, Wildlife Research Division, Science and Technology Branch, Environment Edmonton, Canada

Ian Stirling's Publications

Research Focus: Population ecology of seals in both polar regions and polar bears in the Arctic, the effects of climate warming on polar bears and seals, and conservation and management of polar bears, seals, and polar marine ecosystems.

Dr. Michael Sullivan

Provincial Fisheries Science Specialist Government of Alberta; Sustainable Resource Development Fish and Wildlife Division


Michael Sullivan's Publications

Research Focus: Cumulative effects of human development on boreal and montane aquatic ecosystems.


Dr. Judith Toms

Wildlife Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service



Google Scholar

Research Focus: Understanding and managing the cumulative effects of multiple resource sectors on birds; landbird ecology in boreal and tropical ecosystems; population and community ecology; full life-cycle ecology; and the application of statistics to complex ecological questions.


Dr. Roland Treu

Associate Professor, Biology, Athabasca University, Faculty of Science and Technology 



Roland Treu's Publications

Research Focus: Mycology, Ecology of Macromycetes, Applied Mycology

Dr. Darcy Visscher

Associate Professor of Biology, The King's University 



Darcy Visscher's Publications

Research Focus:His primary research interest is the role that behaviour plays in ecological processes, in particular, how animals trade-off foraging reward and predation risk. He investigates these topics using the three pronged approach of developing theory, building models to test theory, and grounding these results using statistical analysis of field data.

Dr. Troy Wellicome

Species At Risk Biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada


Troy Wellicome's Publications

Research Focus: Ecology of birds of prey, burrowing owl and ferruginous hawk conservation, habitat use by grassland birds, methods for defining critical habitat, foraging behaviour, avian reproduction, food limitation, species at risk population recovery.