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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 25, 2014

Canadian Excellence


Tan-striped White-throated Sparrow

Research



The primary focus of my research is on seasonal timing and reproductive output in songbirds. My students and I work with white-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) as a model organism. I have additional ongoing research collaborations with Dr. Ken Otter (UNBC) and Dr. Laurene Ratcliffe (Queen's) that focus on black-capped chickadees (Parus atricapillus).


From 2002 - 2004 I conducted field work on a population of white-throated sparrows breeding in Prince George, BC. I continue to maintain a research collaboration with Dr. Ken Otter at University of Northern BC.

In the spring of 2005, I moved my field research to the Wildlife Research Station in Algonquin Park. The sparrows breed at fairly high densities in the Highway 60 corridor; in 2005 we mapped over 70 territories along the WRS access road, at the Two Rivers Airfield, along the Centennial Ridges Road, and along the Old Railway Bike Trail. If you are in Algonquin Park and see white-throats with bands on their legs, they are part of my research.

In addition to field work, my research incorporates lab methods examining sex allocation, paternity, interactions with parasites, development, and spatial analysis.

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