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September 29, 2009

Ecology, Conservation and Management of Avian Wildlife

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Ecology, Conservation and Management of Avian Wildlife

Much of my work in Ontario focuses on the ecology and management of colonial nesting waterbirds, such as double-crested cormorants, black-crowned night herons and ring-billed gulls.   The majority of my work is currently conducted at the Tommy Thompson Park, an urban wilderness area in the harbour of Lake Ontario, adjacent to the city of Toronto. Tommy Thompson Park is managed by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and is an internationally recognized Important Bird Area.

Students projects at Tommy Thompson Park:

Lisa Rosenberger, Behaviour and population dynamics of black-crowned night herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) and double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) (current: Biology MSc)

Meagan McRae, Knowing the Double Crested Cormorant: Behavioural ecology and public education of Double-crested Cormorants at Tommy Thompson Park (MES Major Paper)

Brenna Thompson,  Coyotes and their movement in relation to resources in Tommy Thompson Park (MES Major Paper)

Sabrina Conliffe, Impacts of raccoons on nesting Black-Crowned Night-Herons in Toronto, Ontario (Senior Honours Work)

Nao Ito, co-supervision with L. Packer, Analyses of environmental factors for the persistence of Myrmica rubra (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in green spaces of the Greater Toronto Area and applications of ecological niche/species distribution models (MES Major Paper)

Heather Lennox, The translocation of raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Tommy Thompson Park (Senior Honours Work)

Miranda Chen, Estimating raccoon (Procyon lotor) occupancy and density using camera traps in Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto from 2010 to 2012 (Biology, Senior Honours Thesis)

Kristi Rudmik, co-supervision with L. Packer, Invasive European fire ants (Myrmica rubra) in an urban green-space: abundance, distribution and impact on tree nesting black-crowned night herons (MES, thesis)

Thomas Langille, Raccoon camera trap study at Tommy Thompson Park (Senior Honours Work)

Ilona Feldman,  Double-crested cormorant management at Tommy Thompson Park: Conspecific attraction experiment and egg-oiling modeling (Biology MSc Thesis)

Andrew Chin, The carryover effect of deterrent activities on the nesting sequence of tree-nesting double-crested cormorants (Phalancrocorax auritus) (Biology, Senior Honours Thesis)

Bernard Taylor, Cormorant management and the Leslie Street Spit (MES, Major Paper)

Sepideh Lakfard, The breeding biology of Common Terns at Tommy Thompson Park, Ontario (Biology, MSc Thesis)

Dave Andrews, Foraging ecology of double-crested cormorants in Toronto with perspectives on management (Biology, MSc Thesis)

 Other student projects:

Andrew Chin, Bird-based indices of biotic integrity in Great Lakes coastal wetlands (Biology, MSc Thesis)

Christine Furtado, co-supervision with K. Snow, Working groups and local governance: the case of chimney swifts for environmental planning innovation in Toronto (MES Major Paper)

Justine Manning, A feasibility plan of reintroducing Scarlet Macaws, Las Nubes Corridor, Costa Rica (MES Major Paper)

 Emily Rondel, Integrating birder knowledge into ecological monitoring frameworks (MES Major Paper)

Leigha Abergal, Conserving Toronto’s Chimney swifts (MES Major Paper)

Nicole Richards, Characterization of freshwater turtle nesting beaches in an urban environment: Implications for management through the proposed use artificial nesting beaches (MES Major Paper)




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