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 York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies- Toronto, ON, Canada

 As of July 1st, 2015, I have begun a position as Assistant Professor of Environmental Management at FES (http://fes.yorku.ca/). I am still building my research program but it will include policy-relevant scientific research on at-risk species, including pollinating insects and insect-pollinated plants and biodiversity offsetting. I am also interested in conservation management in agriculutural systems and the effects of this type of management on ecosystem services. I work with policy makers, ENGOs, citizen scientists and other academics on a variety of other projects.  Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies or postdoctoral work and would like to discuss possibilities. 

Wildlife Preservation Canada's At-Risk Pollinator Program

I have received an NSERC IRDF Fellowship and more recently a 2-year Liber Ero Fellowship to lead this program and do research which involves at-risk bees and butterflies across Canada.  This progam is multi-faceted, involving outreach, research, habitat restoration/creation and the development of hands on conservation management.  I have recently switched to a science advisory position for this program. You can read more about this program here.

Collaborators:  York University, KarnerBlue Ontario, Pollination Guelph, Ontario Nature, University of Toronto, Pinery Provincial Park, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Funders: NSERC, MNR Species At-Risk Stewardship Fund, Liber Ero Foundation, Environment Canada Habitat Stewardship Program, Schad Foundation, W.Garfield Weston Foundation

 

An Identification Guide to the Bumble Bees of North America

Now available, we hope this guide will help scientists and naturalists learn to identify the ~50 species found in Canada and the USA. The guide will have field photos, colour pattern diagrams, phenology charts and range maps as well as an identification key to both males and females. It will be available both in hard copy and as an e-book.  Buy it from the US here and in Canada here. 

Collaborators: Paul Williams, Robbin Thorp, Leif Richardson (with the generous help of numerous data providers, reviewers and amateur photographers)

 

Surveying the Bumblebees of Southern Ontario

Currently this is my 10th year of surveying bumblebees in the region.  This data will:

  • aim to locate extant populations of the extant Rusty-patched Bumblebee
  • help us assess habitat quality for native bumblebees
  • document populations of other declining bumblebee species
  • provide historical data to inform future conservation management 

Collaborators: Wildlife Preservation Canada, Packer Lab York University 

Funders: York University, MNR Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, Schad Foundation, NSERC, Liber Ero Foundation, W. Garfield Weston Foundation

 

Assessing the Status of North American Bumblebees
 
As Co-Coordinator (with Dr. Robbin Thorp), we are aiming to rank the native bumblebee species in an attempt to assess the global fauna with the IUCN Species Survival Commission Bumblebee Species Specialist Group .  Most species assessment have been completed and can be found at http://www.iucnredlist.org/.
 
Collaborators: Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Leif Richardson
 
Funders: NSERC, Liber Ero Foundation