Welcome to the Landscape Ecology and Spatial Analysis (LESA) lab, directed by Dr. Yolanda Wiersma. Please use the links above to navigate my site. Here’s the LESA Lab News for this month.

July 2019

“Summer” kicked off with a week of field work with visiting colleague and lichenologist from the Canadian Museum of Nature, Dr. Troy McMullin (it actually was rather surprisingly summer-like weather). We had fun climbing the Hawke Hills, joined on various days by Tegan, Patrick, Felicity and Finnegan, where we discovered many cool species of arctic lichens. It will take some time to compile the data, but we plan to eventually get some kind of a publication out of it! Field pics (photo credits to Patrick) below.

Bella and Gabby are rockin’ it in Bloomfield – getting lots of home range data on our snowshoe hare (aka “the buns”). I spent a week with them and visiting volunteer Adam who was a trooper about our kalmia meadows and dense spruce that require rugby-like tactics to lay a transect through.

Congrats to Travis for submission of a chapter of his PhD to a journal. Fingers crossed! Patrick had a positive set of reviews come back on a thesis chapter – we’ll post more news when decisions are finalized…

And in graduate news, newly minted MSc Tegan just accepted a 6 month contract at Terra Nova National Park, where she is coordinating a park lichen survey with a focus on listed species. She starts August 1st and we’re glad to be keeping her in the province for a little while longer.


****To read the LESA Lab news archives click here.

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