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Female American Kestrel

Current Lab Members

Jeannine Randall (PhD)

Sensitivity of avian life-history strategies to environmental change and stochasticity.

Jeannine Randall

Aija White (PhD)

Resource acquisition and allocation in Mountain Bluebirds (Sialia currucoides).

Aija White

Former Lab Members

Ilsa Griebel (MSc)

Variability in susceptibility of nestling passerines to parasites.

Ilsa Griebel

Sara Sparks (MSc)

Avian hatching patterns in response to low-quality environments and ecological stochasticity: adaptation or constraint?

Sara Sparks 

Daniel Williams (MSc)

Parasite-host interactions between Protocalliphora (Diptera: Calliphoridae) and tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).

Dan Williams

Lisha Berzins (PhD)

Determinants of mating success in female tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).

Lisha Berzins

Jeannine Randall (MSc)

Causes and consequences of blue-green eggshell colour variation in mountain bluebirds (Sialia currucoides).


Jeannine Randall

Sophie Unger (MSc)

Trade-offs in the early development of tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor): offspring characteristics, offspring quality, and parental care.

Sophie Unger

Erin O'Brien (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Performance of cavity nesting birds breeding on reclaimed mine tailings: an individual life-history approach.

Erin O'Brien

Vanessa Harriman (PhD)

Seasonal variation in quality and survival of nestling tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor): tests of alternate hypotheses. (co-supervised with Dr. R.G. Clark, Environment Canada / University of Saskatchewan).

Vanessa Harriman

Eleanor Duifhuis (BSc)

Effects of hatching asynchrony on reproductive performance of Mountain Bluebirds (Sialia currucoides) in a disturbed site.

Eleanor Duifhuis

Daniel McClair (BSc)

Do parent Mountain Bluebirds (Sialia currucoides) adjust provisioning rate in response to environmental disturbance?

Kourtney Scott (BSc)

The intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting age at fledging in cavity nesting birds.

Kourtney Scott 

Ryan Foster (BSc)

Invertebrate diversity and abundance in an anthropogenically disturbed landscape.

Ryan Foster

Sara Sparks (BSc)

Provisioning rates of tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) breeding on reclaimed tailings at Highland Valley Copper mine.

Sara Sparks

Chanel Lewis (BSc)

Effects of environmental disturbance from industrial resource extraction activities on levels of parasitism in cavity nesting birds.

Chanel Lewis

Jennifer Salokannel (BSc)

Sex ratio variation within avian broods and its influence on infestation rates by parasitic blow flies.

Jennifer Salokannel

Chelsea Coady (MSc)

The signaling function of plumage characteristics in female tree swallows and implications for reproductive success and life-history decisions.

Chelsea Coady

Jennifer Greenwood (MSc)

breeding settlement and dispersal in a northern population of American kestrels.

Jennifer Greenwood

Jessica Milko (BSc)

Growth and development of the parasitic blow fly Protocalliphora spp. (Diptera: Calliphoridae).

Jessica Milko

Erin O'Brien (PhD)

Individual variation and environmental context in avian life history evolution: an experimental approach using mountain bluebirds (Sialia currucoides).

Erin O'Brien

Leah Hurrell (BSc)

Influences of carcass quality on elytra pigmentation, body condition, and reproductive success in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus defodiens.

Leah Hurrell

Theo Mlynowski (BSc)

The functional significance of feathers lining the nests of tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).

Theo Mlynowski

Courtney Ochs (BSc)

Changes in heterophil to lymphocyte ratios of individual female tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) across multiple breeding seasons.

Cory Ochs

Pierre-Paul Bitton (MSc)

Plumage characteristics in tree swallows Tachycineta bicolor: honest signals of condition, reproductive investment and mating strategies.

Pierre-Paul Bitton

Alicia Goddard (MSc)

Reproductive success and habitat selection of sharp‑tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) in the Peace River Region, Northeast British Columbia.

Alicia Goddard

Brett Boukall (MSc)

The influence of environmental factors on the reproductive output of peregrine falcons in the Yukon.

Brett Boukall

Erin O'Brien (MSc)

Social and extra‑pair mate choice by female tree swallows: the importance of male and nest-site quality, and consequences for offspring performance.

Erin O'Brien

Kristy Hillen (BSc)

Experimental variation in temperature and its influence on population densities of parasitic flies, Protocalliphora Hough.

Kristy Hillen

Pierre-Paul Bitton (BSc)

Causes and consequences of egg mass variation among clutches of tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).

Pierre-Paul Bitton

Cheyenne Lawrie (BSc)

Influence of variation in microclimate on energy allocation strategies of nestling birds.

Cheyenne Lawrie

Mark Bidwell (BSc)

Effects of calcium limitation on the reproductive output of an insectivorous bird, the tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor).

Mark Bidwell


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Updated 10 September 2018