- Carly has a major breakthrough in terms of successfully running occupancy models to assess the effect of livestock and humans on the distribution of wild mammals. Next stop: thesis completion!
- Congrats to Sean Hudson for successfully defending his MSc thesis on the detectability of massasauga rattlesnakes. Sean was nominated for a Gold Medal award!
- Welcome back to Dr. Tom Hossie, our returning PDF. Tom will spend much of the year as Assistant Professor in the BEMA program, but he will also continue his direction of the Pelee project as well as participate in other lab activities.
- Welcome to Dr. Jenilee Gobin, our new PDF, who will likely work on behavioural syndromes in predators and boreal forest conservation, as well as help mentor graduate students and teach in the BEMA graduate program.
- Welcome to Kiefer Thalen, the first MSc student in the BEMA graduate program! Kiefer will be developing techniques for monitoring chorus frogs, which currently are of high conservation concern.
- Welcome to Nico Diaz-Kloch who will be conducting PhD research on the application of remote sensing techniques for understanding snowshoe hare population dynamics. Nico was part of the first cohort of course-based masters students in the BEMA program and has made the transition to a PhD.
- The first graduating cohort of Masters in BEMA graduate students were on campus for the inaugural week-long Capstone course. We had much fun in the field and on campus, applying the skills that were learned during the last year. Congrats to Sam, Nico, Garrett, Darlee and Kate!
- Sean developed 2 workshops for the BEMA MSc program and also helped direct the Capstone course.
- Tucker spent his summer taking care of hundreds of larval salamanders and frogs for his forthcoming experiments on amphibian immune system responses to chytrid fungus infection.
- Our team landed an equipment grant from NSERC to buy GPS transmitters and accelerometers to study lynx population ecology in the Yukon.
- Anni and Lee each reached their target sample of transmitter-equipped turtles and hares, respectively. Not a minor feat of cunningness and determination, so well done.
- Graeme led several productive expeditions to Pelee Island this summer, with plenty of salamanders sampled. Meghan Ward helped with the fieldwork and will continue working in the lab on her BSc Honours project involving ponds and salamanders on Pelee Island.
- Congrats to MSc student Brie-Anne Breton for successfully defending her thesis on the application of eDNA methods for monitoring amphibians
- Finally! The new MSc degree in Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment was approved, with new students joining the program in September 2019.
- We were asked to comment on a recent observation of Canada lynx in Michigan, which is outside their normal geographical range. While the report is largely correct, it is also a good example of how one can be inadvertently misquoted when being interviewed by a news reporter. The research study involving genetic testing of cougars that was referred to in the news article was in fact conducted in Quebec and New Brunswick, not Ontario. Although not a huge problem to the fundamentals of the article, it does add unintended imprecision to the news report, and serves as a good example of the need to be very explicit about the facts when being interviewed by non-scientists.
- Farewell and thanks to post-doc Angela Eads, who is moving to warmer pastures in California.
- Congrats to Crystal Kelly for successfully defending her MSc thesis and landing a position as biologist for Jacob's consulting firm
- Congrats to Melanie Boudreau for successfully defending her PhD and landing a post-doctoral fellowship at Mississippi State University
- Congrats to Jasper Leavitt for successfully defending his MSc thesis on the role of temperature and ploidy level on salamander tissue regeneration
- Congrats to Jacob for landing a position with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. He will serve as trapper extraordinaire, which seems about right.
- Thanks to all lab members and friends for once again participating in our Dump pond salamander marking and monitoring blitz; we handled and marked >250 salamanders this year!
- Ongoing overwintering of our captive salamander colony, which Tucker will attempt to breed in spring
- Congrats to Anni for receiving funds from Ottawa Field Naturalists Club to support her Blanding's turtle research
- Blue-spotted salamanders finish overwintering, now it's the yellow-spotted's turn.
- A delicious lab Christmas dinner was enjoyed!
- Congratulations to Lindsey Bargelt for successfully defending her MSc thesis on protected and connected area networks and the role of private land conservation in the USA.
- Two thirds of our blue-spotted salamander colony begin their overwintering trial.
- Congratulations to Justin Johnson for successfully defending his MSc thesis on introgressive hybridization of Canid species throughout Eastern North America.
- Farewell to postdoc Liz, taking a position in the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis.
- Welcome new students: Evan Bare and Tucker Cambridge, new PhD students, and Lee Scholl and Graeme Smith, new MSc students!
- Peter Mills successfully defends his MSc thesis on complex niche determinants in terrestrial salamanders. Congrats Peter!
- Alex Myette defends his MSc thesis on defensive postures and predator-prey interactions with salamanders on Pelee Island. Congrats Alex!
- Several members of the lab (Dennis, Tom, Angie, Lynne, Mel, Rachael, Meg, Sean, Jasper, Justin, Lindsey, Pat) presented their research at CSEE in Guelph.
- Tom and Dennis organise a symposium on predator-prey interactions at CSEE.
- Congrats to Shawn MacFarlane who successfully defended his MSc project on the effects of corticosterone on cannibalistic morphology and tissue regeneration in axolotls. Shawn was co-supervised by Dr. Leslie Kerr.
- Angie and Tom receive 2 years of funding from the Species at Risk Research Fund for Ontario for research on enhancing breeding and migration habitat for Small-Mouthed Salamanders on Pelee Island.
- Congrats to Justin (winner) and Lindsey (runner-up) for their performance in the ESRI scholarship competition!
- Fieldwork to research the ecology of the Broad-banded Forestsnail begins! Welcome Will Mulvaney as the lead field tech.
- Congrats to Tom for receiving 3 years of funding from Ontario's Species-at-Risk program to continue his Small-mouthed Salamander research on Pelee Island.
- Congrats to Angie and Lynne for receiving funding from Ontario's Species-at-Risk program to initiate research on Broad-banded Forestsnails on Pelee Island and at Point Pelee National Park.
- Congrats to Sean for receiving a grant from Muskoka Watershed Council to support his research on Massasauga rattlesnakes.
- Five Murray lab members including Brie-Anne Breton, Crystal Kelly, Melanie Boudreau, Rachael Derbyshire and Justin Johnson present their research at the Northern Studies Colloquium. Lindsey Bargelt was session moderator! Great involvement from the Murray lab at this well attended event!
- Congratulations Maddie and Grace on great Honours project final presentations.
- Another successful salamander marking season, though seemingly cut short by weather - thanks to all the lab members, students, and friends, who helped mark hundreds of spotted and unisexual polyploid salamanders.
- Congrats to Rachael for obtaining funding from Wildlife Conservation Society to conduct her lynx research in Yukon.
- Lindsey Bargelt talks to KLT stakeholders about how spatial analyses help prioritize which land to protect.
- Melanie presents her work at the Symons Seminar Series!
- Justin Johnson speaks about wolf-canid hybridization in Ontario to the Northumberland Land Trust.
- Crystal presents her research to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
- Crystal Kelly and Melanie Boudreau survive presenting at the 3MT thesis competition.
- Angie, Lynne, and Sibelle awarded funding from the Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies for their project on how tadpole sex influences behavioural and morphological responses to predation stress.
- Congrats to Crystal for landing a new position with Wildlife Preservation Canada. We are optimistic that Crystal can complete her MSc in relatively short order, while being gainfully employed.
- Congrats to Christa Burkstahler, who successfully defended her PhD project on dietary variability in Canada lynx. Christa was Co-supervised by Dr. Jim Roth, University of Manitoba.
- Arthur and Carly were featured on local news for their lynx-bobcat research in British Columbia.
- Congrats to Dr. Lynne Beaty, PDF, who just landed a tenure-track faculty appointment at Penn State in Erie, PA. Lynn will remain involved in a number of collaborations and other activities related to our research on tadpoles and snails.
- Welcome to Rachael Derbyshire, new PhD student working on foraging behaviour of Canada lynx at Kluane Lake, Yukon. Lynx populations currently are at their cyclic peak in the Yukon, so Rachael should have plenty of animals to work with!
- Our work on climate change effects in the boreal forest was featured in an extensive report by The Toronto Star.
- Jasper presents his work at the Symons Seminar Series!
- Congrats to Alex Bell who successfully defended his MSc on the interactive effects of food quality and predation risk on daphnia responses to perceived predation risk.
- Melanie Boudreau presents to the Peterborough Field Naturalists on the history of snowshoe hare research in the Yukon and how her work and the work Jacob has done contributes to the greater story.
- Welcome to BSc Honours student Grace McKinney who will work on perceived predation risk in snails, and Maddie Trottier who will work on functional responses of spotted salamanders. Grace and Augustus Raycroft also joined the lab as Conservation Interns.
- Our work on moose population decline was featured on The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
- Not much happened, everyone was either in the field, writing up, but presumably not on vacation!
- Welcome to Dr. Lynne Beaty, new PDF from Oklahoma State University, who will work on amphibian responses to environmental stressors and help us launch the new online masters program in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.
- Welcome to Dr. Angela Eads, new PDF who hails from Australia and will work on amphibian responses to environmental stressors.
- Welcome to new MSc students Carly Scott (still exploring project ideas), Sean Hudson (Eastern fox snake and Massasauga detection probability), and Sam Sonnega (snowshoe hare behaviour and physiology). Each student is supported by our CREATE grant.
- Congrats to Melanie for landing an OGS scholarship to help support the last year of her PhD
- Our team (mostly Jenn and Cynthia) landed a grant from eCampusOntario to train the next generation of environmental professionals.
- Congrats to Peter Mills (MSc student) for landing an NSERC scholarship, and to Justin Johnson (MSc student) for securing research funding from Wildlife Conservation Society - Canada.
- Congrats to Cristen Watt for a successful defence of her MSc thesis on landscape genetics of lynx. Cristen will serve as lab manager for our 2017 field activities.
- Salamander marking season is upon us, thanks to all the lab members, graduate and undergraduate students, and friends, who helped mark >500 spotted and unisexual polyploid salamanders this season.
- Our work on the boreal forest and climate change was featured on The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
- Welcome to Sibelle Vilaça, a new post-doctoral fellow co-supervised with Dr. Chris Kyle, who will be working on multi-species identification of amphibian and pathogen communities, using eDNA (i.e., metagenomics).
- Congrats to post-doctoral fellow Amanda Bennett who accepted a new position as Research Associate at the Canadian Council of Academies, in Ottawa. Amanda will remain peripherally involved with the lab through ongoing team projects and her research on amphibian disease risk assessment.
- A recent news article in Toronto Star (and another) featured our research on moose population declines.
- Congratulations to Jason Rae for a successful MSc defence and a new (permanent) position with Wildlife Conservation Society -Canada.
- Welcome to Anne-Christine Auge, new PhD student, who will be working on spatial dynamics in Blanding's turtles, in collaboration with Dr. Gabriel Blouin-Demers.
- Welcome to Arthur Scully, new PhD student, who will be looking at lynx-bobcat interactions in collaboration with Dr. Dan Thornton.
- Welcome to Liz Kierepka, our new PDF, who is supported by our CREATE grant and will oversee the fur repository while working on landscape genetics in carnivores.
- Goodbye and good luck to Catarina, who after 3 years as PDF (and de facto lab manager), is entering the second phase of her Marie Curie fellowship at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany.
- Congrats to Dr. Amanda Sparkman, former PDF in our lab, for her persistence in publishing a paper on reproductive senescence in red wolves. (Click here)
- Dr. Charles Krebs spent several days visiting our lab and discussing caribou, snowshoe hares, and ecology in general, with us.
- See Dr. Krebs' lecture on caribou conservation (Click here). (lecture starts at 9:10)
- Kevin and Cayla successfully defend their MSc degrees, on the same day!
- Jessica successfully defends her MSc thesis and receives a nomination for the Gold Medal award!!!
- Welcome to new MSc students Jasper Leavitt (Mole salamander population estimation), Meg Congram (Chytrid fungus in amphibians), Justin Johnson (Niche differentiation in wolves and coyotes), Pat Heney (Perceived predation risk in tadpoles), Lindsey Bargelt (Optimizing a landscape conservation network), and Peter Mills (Unisexual polyploid salamander dynamics).
- Shawn, Amy, Alex M., Brie-Anne, Jessica, Pat, Madison, Amanda, and Tom present their work at the Canadian Herpetological Society meeting at the Toronto Zoo.
- Our lab's work on the effects of climate change on the boreal forest was highlighted by the Ontario Minister of the Environment, Glen Murray, on CBC's flagship program: Ideas (click here).
- Our lab contributed to a paper revealing research funding bias against small universities. See Trent's Media release; Letter in University Affairs; Related articles in Globe & Mail and Times Higher Education. The paper was also harshly criticized in a private consultant's blog; does this represent objective journalism, you be the judge.
- Catarina launches CONTRASST, supporting her PDF project which involves an international research effort promoting lynx conservation.
- Mike Peers' recent paper on bird de-extinction is featured by The Audubon Society (also click here).
- Amanda lands a Species-at-Risk grant to study amphibian disease risk in Ontario.
- Josee successfully defends her MSc research on niche differentiation in canids, and receives a Presidential award for best MSc thesis.
- Incoming MSc student Peter Mills receives an OGS scholarship and publishes a book on amphibians, all in the same week! (check it out).
- Kevin received funding from Wildlife Conservation Society to conduct his lynx work.
- Crystal received funding from Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters to conduct her sandhill crane work.
- JD in the news! See the full story here: Meet JD: a loyal colleague to Environmental & Life Sciences researcher Jacob Seguin
- Tom was awarded a prestigious NSERC PDF to work on Endangered salamanders on Pelee Island.
- Kevin Chan catches a Yukon lynx in Jacob's box trap!
- Amanda Bennett's PhD work featured in the media. Click HERE
- Feature interview in The Arthur with Tom Hossie about Pelee Island salamander project. Click HERE
- Tom Hossie, Madison Wikston, and Amy Clement participate in FrogWatch Appreciation Day at the Toronto Zoo! (check out the turtle sprouting out of Tom's head!)
- Guillaume publishes a paper on caribou avoidance of predation risk in Ecography. See blog post here.
- Murray lab recieves new funding to study an endangered salamander. See press release here.
- Our lab's paper on the peer review system is gaining international attention! See recent articles here and here featuring interviews with our postdoc Catarina Ferreira.
- Welcome to new MSc students Brie-Anne Breton (wolf landscape genetics), Crystal Kelly (crane population dynamics), Alex Myette (smallmouth salamander conservation biology) and Alex Bell (algal population dynamics).
- Lab members help tag migrating monarch butterflies in Newcastle, ON!
- Dennis and members of his lab help rescue turtles from an area slated for construction work!
- Tom Hossie's recent publication focus of New York Times article!
- Melanie and Jacob's research on snowshoe hares is profiled by the media - Click here!
- Mike Peers wins the Governor General's award for his MSc thesis assessing the viability of de-extinction programmes in the face of climate change!!!!!!!
- Jacob 'officially' begins his MSc on juvenile snowshoe hare responses to maternal predation risk.
- Madison begins her MSc work on assessment of survey techniques for breeding amphibians.
- Hance successfully defends his PhD thesis.
- Shawn lands an NSERC scholarship to complete his MSc, well done!
- We land a major new initiative to train MSc and PhD students in environmental research at Trent - Click here!
- Our lab project on peer review now available from Biological Reviews online through Early View - Click here!
- See a media release on our article here!
- See a post-publication peer review of our lab project manuscript here!
- Melanie Boudreau passed her PhD candidacy exam. Congrats Mel!
- Our first whole-lab collabrative project has been accepted for publication in Biological Reviews - details to come!
- The snowshoe hare research by lab members Melanie Boudreau and Jacob Seguin showcased in an article published in The Arthur!
- Mike successfully defends his MSc thesis, well done!
- Guillaume successfully defends his PhD thesis, Felicitations, Geant!
- Megan publishes her first paper on lynx habitat suitability.
- Amanda Bennett published her maternal condition paper in Proc. R. Soc. B. Congrats!
- Welcome to Morgan and Spencer who are joining the lab to pursue MScs.
- Adrian I successfully defends his MSc thesis, congrats!
- Kevin presented a paper on his modeling work at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Sacramento, CA.
- Hance presented a paper on his coyote work at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Sacramento, CA.
- Terese published a paper from her PhD thesis in Restoration Ecology.
- Josee wins an award for Outstanding Student Poster at the CSEE meeting in Montreal. FELICITATIONS JOSEE!!!
- Welcome back to Dr. Tom Hossie, who completed a PhD and has returned to the lab as post-doctoral fellow to pursue further adventures with tadpoles, weevils, and predation risk.
- Congrats to Amanda for successfully defending her PhD thesis.
- Congrats to Christine for successfully defending her MSc thesis.
- Guillaume, Hance, Morgan, Josee, and Mike present their research results at the CSEE meeting.
- Welcome to Amy Clement and Shawn MacFarlane who will be starting their MSc degrees on amphibians, and will assist with ongoing experiments this summer.
- Adrian II completes his Honours work and moves on to new adventures, Good luck!
- Congrats to Mike and Melanie for each landing NSERC PGS-D Alexander Graham Bell Scholarships!
- Congrats to Josee for landing an OGS scholarship!
- Congrats to Amanda for winning the Symons award!
- Congrats to Morgan for winning the ESRI award!
- Melanie spent a couple of fun-filled weeks checking out bunnies and predators in the Yukon.
- Megan successfully defends her PhD thesis!
- Dennis commented on changes to Ontario's Species-at-Risk legislation
- (see http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/panther-lounge/2013/11/ontario-species-under-siege/)
- Guillaume presented "Migration of Newfoundland caribou as an antipredator strategy: Why move if there is nothing to avoid" at the Symons Seminar Series on Graduate Student Research.
- Melanie Boudreau joins the lab to examine responses to perceived predation risk in snowshoe hares.
Older news (archive):
- Michael and Guillaume presented at the annual meeting of the Société Québécoise pour l’étude biologique du comportement at ConcordiaUniversity, Québec.
- Michael first mentioned his fifty-pound lynx on CHEX TV.
- Christine presented at the International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology conference in Chicago on Hair Cortisol Analysis in Canada lynx (Link).
- Amanda Bennett presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network (CARCNET) in Mont Orford, Québec.
- Josée-Anne awarded a graduate scholarships (PGS-M) from NSERC for her master.
- Guillaume presented to the 11th International Mammalogical Congress in Belfast, UK and at INTECOL 2013 in London, UK.
- Dennis, Michael and Guillaume spoke about declining species on CHEX TV (Video).
- Amanda Bennett and Kristen Landolt present at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Hance presented "How hybridization with wolves affects the way coyotes move" at the Symons Seminar Series on Graduate Student Research.
- Guillaume received the 2013 ESRI Canada Scholarship.