Mallory Lab - Acadia University
Copyright 2011 Mark Mallory
33 Westwood Ave, Acadia University
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
Liam started his M.Sc. at Acadia University investigating overwinter survival and
breeding/wintering affinities of American Black Ducks (Anas rubripes) wintering
in Nova Scotia, Canada. The project is sponsored by the Black Duck Joint Venture,
and is a collaboration with Environment Canada. Greg Robertson is a
co-supervisor on the project.
Christine is completing her M.Sc. at Acadia University, working in the Tantramar
Region of Nova Scotia/New Brunswick. She is examining the temporal abundance
and diversity of macroinvertebrates in brackish and freshwater ponds through the
summer to compare across wetland types, and then comparing use of these
wetlands by waterbirds in relation to food supplies. Nic McLellan (Ducks
Unlimited Canada) and Al Hanson (Environment Canada) are collaborators in this
After completing her MSc in our lab, Dani just couldn't get enough of us, and
decided to pursue a PhD, looking at patterns of stable isotopes, fatty acids and
trace elements in multispecies seabird colonies in Labrador, Nova Scotia, and
Namibia, Africa. Mucho cool. Danielle is based at Rhodes University in
Grahamstown, South Africa, and is co-supervised by Nicole Richoux.
Jessica comes to the lab from finishing her B.Sc. (honours) at Memorial
University of Newfoundland. She is undertaking her M.Sc. by using VHF tracking
and visual observation to assess marine habitat use by breeding Arctic (Sterna
paradisaea) and Common Terns (S. hirundo) on Sable Island, looking for
interspecific and seasonal differences in patterns and possible attraction to oil
platforms, as part of the larger NSERC CRD tracking project led by Rob Ronconi
and Phil Taylor with Encana. Phil is a co-supervisor on Jessica's work.
Molly Tomlik (nee Simon)
Molly is a native Nova Scotian who completed her B.Sc. at St. Mary's University,
but also studied at Sir Sandford Fleming in Ontario. She has a strong background
and interest in coastal science. Her M.Sc. examines marine birds and habitat
change along the Eastern Shore Islands of Nova Scotia. The project links to the
long-term research in this area conducted by Randy Milton of the Nova Scotia
Department of Natural Resources, a key collaborator in the project.
Sarah is undertaking a post-doc at Acadia, using GIS techniques to identify at-sea
"hotspots" for marine birds, derived from observational data from research,
cruise and fishing vessels. Her focus will be on Arctic Canada, although she will
use data from all three marine coastlines. Sarah's project is very timely, and will
have application to many projects in Nunavut, including land use planning,
environmental assessment, protected areas development, and conservation
regulations related to fisheries and industrial development. Collaborators in her
project include Carina Gjerdrum, Ken Morgan and Siu-Ling Han of Environment
Nathalie's MSc follows her B.Sc. thesis on mitochondrial DNA in Purple
Sandpipers (Calidris maritima). She is using data from across the species' range
to link breeding populations to wintering populations in this declining species.
Natural Resource personnel from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland
and Maine are collaborators in this project. Nathalie is co-supervised with Don
Matthew comes to the lab from his undergrad at Memorial University of
Newfoundland, and he will be working on overwintering American Black Ducks
(Anas rubripes) in the Maritimes. Matthew's focus will be on diet, food supplies,
and assessing the relative influence of urban vs. natural food supplies on
condition and possibly survival. Matthew is co-supervised by Greg Robertson at
Environment Canada, St. John's, NL, and is supported by Environment Canada
and the Black Duck Joint Venture.
Travis joins the Mallory Lab officially in 2013, after completing his
MSc at Acadia. Travis's PhD will use existing and new tracking data from marine
birds in the Canadian Arctic to look at the predictability of spatial and temporal
hotspots in the marine environment, how those compare to hotspots derived
from at-sea data or from colony-based GPS trackers, and how this information
can provide important insights for conservation during marine spatial planning
in the Arctic. Travis is co-supervised with Lenore Fahrig at Carleton University
(where Travis is located) and Grant Gilchrist at Environment Canada, Ottawa, and
is supported by Environment Canada and the World Wildlife Fund Canada.
Paul has been working with the Canadian Wildlife Service in Yellowknife, NT for
several years, working on waterfowl and shorebirds. In 2012, he had an epiphany
that the future really lies with seabirds, and decided to start his M.Sc. He is
studying the breeding ecology of high Arctic Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa
tridactyla) at Prince Leopold Island, to better understand the influence of sea-ice
and snow on their reproductive success. Paul's project relies heavily on
collaboration and support from Environment Canada, and links to long-term
monitoring data provided by Tony Gaston.
Amy worked with the lab in the summer of 2014 on a variety of projects, as part
of her co-op placement through Acadia. Her principle tasks involved dissections
of waterfowl that were collected on Ontario in lakes differentially affected by acid
rain, as a prelude to analyses on trace element uptake in young birds. However,
she was also a key member of the team implanting satellite transmitters in
common eiders in the Eastern Shore Islands, sampling experimental wetlands at
the Beaubassin Research Station, and attaching geolocators to willets at Country
Island. Amy will be completing her BSc at Acadia in the 2014/2015 school year.
Isabeau is the newest MSc student to the lab, coming from Université du Québec
à Rimouski. She is a climber, has a cool french accent, and previously worked
with the field team at Bylot Island in Nunavut. Starting in 2013, she is working in
the Arctic, looking at hormonal differences between birds nesting at different
locations in colonies. Her field work will be conducted at Nasaruvaalik Island, as
well as the Gannet Islands of coastal Labrador.
Adam finished a lovely BSc thesis on salt marsh chemistry with Nelson O'Driscoll,
and is starting a MSc based in the Mallory Lab, but co-supervised by Mark, Ian
Spooner and Nelson O'Driscoll. Adam will be looking at the effects of different
land uses (notably logging) on riparian and aquatic areas in western Nova Scotia,
particularly the effects of decay and release of trace elements to streams and
rivers, and the possible contribution of non-essential elements to local food
Karissa joined the lab in 2014, and is completing her MScAG in applied geomatics
here at Acadia. Her project examines changes in land cover on northern Coats
Island, Nunavut, over the past ~ 2 decades, as it relates to increasing white goose
populations in the Arctic. She is co-supervised by David Colville at Nova Scotia
Community College, and her project is tied to that of Paul Smith, research
scientist with Environment Canada, who runs the field station at Coats Island.
Christine's M.Sc. uses satellite telemetry to track Herring Gulls from their breeding
colony on Southampton Island, and she will be examining local habitat use as well
as year-round movements. She will be comparing this to movements of gulls
breeding in the Great Lakes and Atlantic Canada. She is co-supervised by Grant
Gilchrist, and is funded through a MITACs grant related to the Baffinland Iron
Mine in Nunavut. Other gull researchers like Rob Ronconi will be closely involved
in this project.
After completing her BSc thesis on metals in wetland biota, Amanda has started
her MSc on wetlands in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Specifically, she is
examining how rapidly constructed wetlands decline in productivity, how this
compares to natural wetland production dynamics, and what factors might
contribute to this. She is co-supervised by Ian Spooner at Acadia, and her project
is supported by Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Savannah is undertaking her BSc (honours) thesis at Acadia, but has arranged her
collaboration on a research project on tropical seabirds at Christmas Island with
Janos Hennicke from Germany. She'll be looking at foraging routes and distances
of species from the island. Savannah is co-supervised by Dave Shutler.
Bernice is a visiting student scholar in the Mallory Lab, doing her MSc at the
University of Utrecht in Holland. She is working in Nova Scotia with the
Department of Natural Resources, looking at tracking of furbearers (notably
lynx) in Cape Breton Island in relation to habitat. Lead supervisors are Randy
Milton and Mike O'Brien ... but she comes back from the field to our lab for
intellectual stimulation :)
Max is doing his BSc in the lab, looking at seasonal water chemistry ponds in
experimental wetlands constructed at the Beaubassin Research Station at Aulac,
NB, and he'll be assisting Amanda Loder with her M.Sc. research. Max is
co-supervised by Ian Spooner.
George did his BSc at Acadia, and has returned to do his MSc. He'll be looking at
the process of biotransport, in this case where anadromous fish move
marine-derived nutrients from the ocean up to freshwater wetlands and ponds,
which they deposit when the breed (or die). This work is a follow-up to Sam
Andrews thesis on effectiveness of fishways. George is co-supervised by Mike
Stokesbury, his project will have major input from Ian Spooner, and it is
intimately tied to and based upon financial and logistic support from Ducks
Unlimited Canada, through Nic McLellan.