Current Personnel

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Graduate Students

richmondIsabella Richmond (MSc)

Hometown: Kitchener, ON

Previous Education: BSc in Environmental Science (Ecotoxicology and Geochemistry), University of Ottawa, ON

About Me: Ever since I was a kid, I have been excited about nature. I love immersing myself in and learning about the ecosystems around me. Before coming to MUN, I studied environmental science at the University of Ottawa and I spent my summers chasing dragonflies and butterflies in wetlands and urban ponds throughout the Ottawa region. My goal is that my work will help protect all the wonderful systems that I care so much about. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping, honing my ArcGIS skills, and playing hockey.

Travis Heckford (PhD)


Hometown: Vancouver Island, BC

Previous Education: 

-Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems Applications (ADGISA), Vancouver Island University, BC.

-BSc Biology and Geography, Vancouver Island University, BC.

About Me: Professionally, I am employed as a wildlife biologist with the BC Conservation Foundation and work on various species at risk projects with the Ecosystems Branch of the BC Ministry. My work with them primarily covers Vancouver Island, the Central Coast, and Haida Gwaii. Personally, I enjoy spending time in nature, exploring new places and culture. I feel very fortunate that my personal and professional interests align. I have a strong research interest in conservation biology, habitat modelling, landscape ecology and using GIS to examine spatial patterns and ecological processes.

PhD Project: My PhD project pertains to the spatial ecology of a forest vegetation-snowshoe hare-lynx food web system. This is a joint project with the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group (TERG). My research questions focus on assessing the quantity and quality of snowshoe hare vegetation resources, specifically how nutrient content and availability influence resource selection through space and time. I aim to develop stoichiometric distribution models (StDMs) by incorporating ecological stoichiometry and nutrition into resource selection functions. Using StDMs I plan to evaluate forest harvest impacts on nutrient flow, ecosystem processes and landscape connectivity.

Emilie Kissler, PhD

Emile is investigating co-evolution of moose and their browse species, as well as the dynmaics of landscape pattern as a result of moose herbivory. She is co-supervised by Dr. Luise Hermanutz. Emilie is not quite done her PhD but has taken up a full-time positon with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Timmins where she is the Regional Terrestrial Ecosystems Science specialist for the South Porcupine Region.

Undergraduate Students

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Post-docs and Visiting Researchers

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