York Research Chair (Tier 2) in Interdisciplinary Conservation Science
BSc Honours, Zoology
Pollinator Conservation; Endangered Species; Community Science; Environmental Policy; Bumblebees.
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J1P3
416 736 2100
I am a Conservation Scientist working to conserve wildlife including native pollinators. I am part of York University’s Bee Research Organization BeeC, which aims to address pollinator health and sustainable agriculture from an interdisciplinary perspective.
My lab’s research uses ecological studies and community science programs to better understand species declines and design conservation management plans. Studies include assessing habitat requirements, relationships to flowering plants, and studies to better understand stressors (i.e. climate change, pathogen spillover, habitat loss and invasive species).
My lab’s research also delves into the human dimensions of conservation including biocultural knowledge systems and evidence-based environmental decision-making. I am cross-appointed in the graduate program to supervise students from Biology as well. I work closely with ENGOs and government agencies to conserve wildlife and inform land management. I helped create the Toronto Pollinator Strategy, BumbleBeeWatch and is the North American Coordinator for the IUCN Red List Bumblebee Specialist Group. I previously co-authored the Award-winning book “The Bumblebees of North America: An Identification Guide) (Princeton University Press 2014).
Recognition & Awards
- York University Research Leader Award
- FES Dean's Community Engagement Award
- York University Research Leader Book Award
|ENVS 2400||Foundations of Environmental Management: Policy, Resources and Conservation|
|ENVS 4445||Ontario Environmental Policy|
|ENVS 4446||Protected Areas Management|
|ENVS 6119||Environmental Resource Management|