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Brigham Lab (University of Regina)

I am interested in the behaviour and ecology of free-living animals under natural conditions. My own work focuses on the roosting and feeding ecology of temperate insect eating bats and nocturnal insectivorous birds called goatsuckers. I am also keen to understand how these animals employ heterothermy (e.g., torpor) to cope with food shortages. My students and I study how these organisms cope with environmental constraints (e.g., cold, drought, loss of habitat). This includes addressing questions about prey selection, prey detection abilities, the influence of moonlight, habitat selection and the nature of torpor use. There are obvious natural comparisons between goatsuckers and bats. Students in my lab are currently working on diverse projects including: the use of torpor and hibernation by Australian owlet nightjars and Common Nighthawks and the use of torpor and social behaviour by tree-and crevice roosting bats.

Lane Lab (University of Saskatchewan)

We combine theory and techniques from ecology, evolutionary biology, quantitative genetics and physiology to better understand adaptation of populations to their natural environments. We primarily work with wild mammal systems that have been studied for multiple decades.

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McLoughlin Population Ecology Lab (University of Saskatchewan)

The McLoughlin Lab studies various aspects of behavioural and population ecology, evolutionary ecology, community ecology, and conservation and management. Currently there are studies associated with the outdoor laboratory of Sable Island, Nova Scotia, as well as a recently initiated major study on the population dynamics of woodland caribou of the Saskatchewan Boreal Shield, including habitat responses to disturbance (especially fire) and the relationship between woodland caribou and major predators (wolves and black bears).

Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement Lab (University of Saskatchewan)

The Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement Lab studies various aspects of wildlife and human interactions, using both natural science and social science tools and methods. Current active studies include work on feral wild boar distribution, farmland moose resource selection, and woodland caribou conservation.