Faculty Lecturers and Adjunct Professors

Faculty Lecturers

Michael Harrington
Lecturer
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

don.brinkman@gov.ab.ca

Donald Brinkman's Publications

Research Focus: Turtles and fish from 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.

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Dr. Daniel Charlebois

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

dcharleb@ualberta.ca

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, train machine learning models, and perform experiments on genetically engineered and pathogenic yeast strains.

Dr. Joel Dacks

Professor, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta 

dacks@ualberta.ca

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.

kfranke@ualberta.ca

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

cglover@athabascau.ca

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. David Hik

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University

dhik@sfu.ca

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@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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.

 

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Dr. Murray Humphries

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

murray.humphries@mcgill.ca

Murray Humphries' Google Scholar

Research Focus: 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, Investigation Services, Sheriffs Branch, Justice and Solicitor General, Government of Alberta

rick.jobin@gov.ab.ca

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

n.kettridge@bham.ac.uk

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.

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Dr. Dörte Köster

Senior Aquatic Scientist, Associated Environmental Consultants Inc.

kosterd@ae.ca; koster@ualberta.ca

Dörte Köster Google Scholar

Research Focus: Lake management, lake nutrient dynamics, impacts of human activities on freshwater quality, benthic algae and phytoplankton community ecology, benthic algae as bio-indicators for water quality, paleolimnology.

 

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Dr. Andriy Kovalenko

Senior Research Officer
NRC Nanotechnology Research Centre

andriyk@ualberta.ca

andriy.kovalenko@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Andriy Kovalenko's Publications

Research Focus:

  • Development and application of multiscale methods framework with self-consistent coupling of molecular theory of solvation with quantum chemistry, multi-time-step molecular simulations, and dissipative particle dynamics that is capable of predicting the behaviour of nanostructures and biomolecular systems
  • Folding, conformational stability, and aggregation of biomolecules in solutions and liquid mixtures
  • Transport of biomolecules and nanoparticles across biomembranes and liquid interfaces
  • 3D-RISM-KH molecular theory of solvation
  • Quasidynamics of biomolecules that couples 3D-RISM-KH molecular solvation theory to multi-time-step molecular dynamics simulations (MTS-MD) with Optimized Isokinetic Nosé-Hoover (OIN) thermostat and Enhanced Solvation Force Extrapolation (ESFE) integration
  • Dissipative particle dynamics coupled with RISM-KH molecular solvation theory
  • Electronic structure and solvation thermodynamics in solution and at solid-liquid and liquid-liquid interfaces by 3D-RISM-KH molecular solvation theory coupled with Kohn-Sham DFT quantum chemistry methods as well as ab initio CASSCF for nanochemistry in solution
  • Complex molecular liquids and liquid mixtures
  • Chemical reactions and nanocatalysis in solution and solid-liquid interfaces
  • Electrochemistry of solutions sorbed in nanoporous materials
  • Polymers in solutions and melts
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Dr. Clément Lagrue 

Science Advisor Ecosystems, Department of Conservation
New Zealand

lagrue@ualberta.caclagrue@doc.govt.nz

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

Clement Lagrue's Google Scholar

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Dr. Lisa Lumley

Lead Scientist, Terrestrial Invertebrates, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI)

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, soil biodiversity, soil health.

Dr. C. Lisa Mahon

Wildlife Biologist/Boreal Landbird Biologist, Wildlife and Habitat Assessment, Northern Region, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada

lisa.mahon@ec.gc.ca

C. Lisa Mahon's Publications

Research Focus: Conservation and management of terrestrial landbirds in northern boreal ecosystems with a focus on: monitoring and documenting the status of populations in boreal and high elevation systems; assessing distribution shifts across elevational gradients; identifying shifts in seasonal phenology and habitat/resource use in high elevation systems during breeding and post-breeding periods; assessing and quantifying climate change adaptation; identifying regional boreal refugia; designing and modelling regional cumulative effects assessments; and developing and applying bioacoustic tools to improve the reliability and accuracy of population metrics (distribution, abundance, trend).

 

Dr. Stephen Matter

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati

mattersf@ucmail.uc.edu

Stephen Matter Google Scholar

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@gov.ab.ca

Margo Pybus's Publications

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

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Dr. Corey Scobie

Assistant Curator of Ornithology, Royal Alberta Museum

corey.scobie@gov.ab.cacscobie@ualberta.ca

Corey Scobie's Publications

Research Focus: Influence of human development on resource selection; soundscape ecology; species at risk conservation; grouse lek occupancy; ecology of cavity nesting birds; avian conservation using museum collections; museum specimen preparation and preservation; avian hybrid zones and communities.

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Dr. Zijian Sim

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

zsim@ualberta.cazijian.sim@gov.ab.ca

Zijian Sim Google Scholar

ORCID ID

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

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Dr. Péter Sólymos

Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute; Boreal Avian Modelling Project

solymos@ualberta.ca

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.

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Dr. Ian Stirling

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

istirlin@ualberta.ca

Ian Stirling's Publications

Ian Stirling's Awards

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.

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Dr. Judith Toms

Wildlife Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service

judith.toms@ec.gc.ca

ORCID ID

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.

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Dr. Roland Treu

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

treu@ualberta.ca

rolandt@athabascau.ca

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@kingsu.ca; dvissche@ualberta.ca

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@canada.ca

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.