Research Program

I am a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, working in the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  My research program involves science to support the conservation and recovery of imperilled freshwater fishes in the Great Lakes basin.  Most research is conducted using a combination of quantitative, field, and laboratory techniques and draws on 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 fish communities

The importance of terrestrially-derived food resources for urban stream fishes

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

Information needs for the repatriation of Canada's 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