Current Personnel

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Graduate Students

Ashley Locke (MES)

Growing up in rural Newfoundland, I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and quickly gained a respect for the beauty and complexity of natural ecosystems. In 2019 I completed my BSc (Hons.) in Environmental science at MUN’s Grenfell campus. In my spare time I enjoy camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, watching scary movies and spending time with my dogs.  I am now looking forward to pursuing a MES to become better equipped for a career in the environmental sciences with the goal to work in conservation.

Ashley Locke

Hayley Paquette (PhD)

Hometown: Honeywood, Ontario

About Me: I recently completed an MSc. in Biology at Carleton University in Ottawa where my research took me to Forillon National Park on the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. I spent almost two months combing the park for lichens, collecting voucher specimens and documenting their habitat to establish a baseline species list for the park. I think simple questions can have the most interesting answers, especially when it comes to lichens, and I am thrilled to be joining the LESA lab to continue researching lichen ecology and biogeography in Canada. Outside of academia, I have worked in a factory, bakery, bar, NGO, and iron mine, to name a few. I bike, paddle, ski and anything else that takes me outside; and I love talking about trips (past and future).

Hometown: Kitchener, ON

Hayley Paquette


Isabella Richmond (MSc)

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

Previous Education: BSc. Environmental Science Co-op, Area of Emphasis in Ecology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and MSc. Biology at Carleton University in 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

None currently

Post-docs and Visiting Researchers

None currently

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