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 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. Craig Emmerton

Watershed Scientist, Environmental Monitoring and Science Division, 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. Bronwyn Hancock (formerly Benkert)

Associate Vice President, Research Development at Yukon College

bhancock@yukoncollege.yk.ca

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

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.

 

 Dr. Sarah Hughes

Senior Ecotoxicologist, Shell Oil Company

s.hughes@shell.com

Sarah Hughes' Publications

Research Focus: Environmental toxicology; environmental fate and chemistry; environmental hazard and risk assessment; naphthenic acid chemistry and toxicity; phytotoxicity and terrestrial toxicity testing; total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and water quality guideline/criterion development; environmental fate, effects, and risk of amine degradation products in carbon capture and sequestration processes; endocrine disrupting chemicals assessment; offshore production chemical hazard assessment; ecotoxicity of polymer-treated effluents; ecotoxicity of oil sands process-affected water; aquatic toxicity of selenium; environmental fate and effects of petrochemicals and petroleum products; toxicity identification and evaluation (TIE) of complex industrial effluents; ecotoxicity of drilling fluids and produced water discharge; ecotoxicity and fate of surfactants; quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR) analysis; development of alternative animal testing methods for effluent testing; whole effluent toxicity testing in remote arctic locations.

 

Dr. Richard Jobin

Forensic Unit Manager, Special Investigations and Forensic Services Section, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement 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

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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. C. Lisa Mahon

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

lisa.mahon@ec.gc.ca

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

jsm4dz@virginia.edu

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

mattersf@ucmail.uc.edu

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.

Dr. Jim Schieck

Research Scientist at InnoTech Alberta and Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

jim.schieck@innotechalberta.ca

Jim Schieck's Publications

Research Focus: Biodiversity monitoring, avian community ecology, conservation biology, and experimental design.

Dr. Rainie Sharpe

Golder Associates Ltd.

rainie_sharpe@golder.com

Rainie Sharpe's Publications

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

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.

Dr. Brad Stelfox

ALCES Landscape and Land-Use Ltd., Bragg Creek

bstelfox@alces.ca

Research Focus: Focus on the development and deployment of regional scale land use and landscape cumulative effects simulator models.

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.g.sullivan@gov.ab.ca

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

judith.toms@canada.ca

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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 

treu@ualberta.ca

rolandt@athabascau.ca

Roland Treu's Publications

Research Focus: Mycology, Ecology of Macromycetes, Applied Mycology

Dr. Marc-André Villard

Mount Allison University, Department of Biology

oiseauboreal@gmail.com

Marc-André Villard's Publications

Research Focus: Ecology and conservation of forest biodiversity; songbirds and woodpeckers as focal species to investigate processes underlying ecological response to management intensity; development of conservation strategies; ecological thresholds.

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.