Research Program

I am a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, based at the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. My research involves science to support the conservation and recovery of SARA-listed freshwater fishes in the Great Lakes basin.  Most research is conducted using a combination of field, laboratory, and quantitative techniques, drawing on principles from several disciplines (community ecology, quantitative risk assessment, conservation biology, human dimensions, simulation modeling and statistics, natural resource management).

Current projects include:

Understanding the thermal ecology of Spotted Gar in a Lake Erie coastal wetland

Investigating the interaction between degree days and flow pulses as spawn cues in riverine fishes

The importance of terrestrial food resources for urban stream fishes

Analytical frameworks to estimate the impacts of invasive species on freshwater fishes

Understanding site suitability and other factors (stocking optimization) for re-introduction of small-bodied freshwater fishes




  • Ecological risk and uncertainty

  • Growth and habitat quality in urban drainages

  • Quantifying landscape-scale ecological processes

  • Modeling the spread of invasive species

  • Field sampling of aquatic ecosystems

  • Statistical capture-effort relationships