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

Emeritus Researcher at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology


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.

Dr. Caleb Brown

Curator, Dinosaur Systematics and Evolution
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

caleb.brown@gov.ab.ca; cmbrown4@ualberta.ca

Caleb Brown's Publications

Caleb Brown's Google Scholar

Research Focus: Vertebrate palaeobiology specializing in the diversity, taxonomy, and systematics of ornithischian dinosaurs; growth, variation, function, & evolution of cranial ornamentation and implications for sociosexual selection; taphonomic and collection biases and implications for palaeoecology/biodiversity; palaeopathology and feeding traces and implications for ancient behaviour.


Dr. Erin Campbell

Research Scientist in Entomology, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, ON


Erin Campbell's Publications

Research Focus: Entomology, molecular ecology, phylogenetics, adaptation, species delimitation, speciation, invasion genomics, conservation genomics.


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

Dr. Joel Dacks

Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, 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

Aquatic Scientist, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, 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. Chris Glover

Campus Alberta Innovates Program Research Chair, Athabasca University
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. David Hik

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Chief Scientist and Executive Director, Canadian High Arctic Research Station, Cambridge Bay, NU
Vice-President (Research), Polar Knowledge Canada


David Hik's Publications

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



Dr. Murray Humphries

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


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. Dörte Köster

Technical Specialist, Limnology, 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.


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

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


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


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


Stephen Matter Google Scholar

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


Dr. Eric Neilson

Wildlife Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

eneilson@ualberta.ca; eric.w.neilson@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

Eric Neilson's Publications

Research Focus: Woodland caribou recovery research. My colleagues and I investigate the distribution of woodland caribou habitat as it relates to natural disturbance and climate, and the vulnerability of caribou recovery actions to climate hazards such as wildfire and forest pests.

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. Corey Scobie

Assistant Curator of Ornithology, Royal Alberta Museum


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.


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

E Source


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

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.


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. 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'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.