Mallory Lab - Acadia University
Copyright 2011 Mark Mallory
33 Westwood Ave, Acadia University
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
Julia completed her B.Sc. (honours) project at the Beaubassin Field Station, where
she explored the breeding biology of Nelson's Sparrows (Ammodramus nelsoni) in
saltmarsh and inland habitats. Nic McLellan (Ducks Unlimited Canada) was a key
collaborator with this work. Julia is currently at optometry school in the UK.
Pat was an Earth & Environmental Sciences student who examined the seasonal
changes in water chemistry of selected wetlands at the Beaubassin Field Station.
Pat was co-supervised with Ian Spooner, and his project was supported in part by
Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Ben studied levels of mercury (Hg) deposited in Arctic seabird feathers, and how it
varies across species in relation to the bird's position in the food web.
Collaborators in his work include Birgit Braune, Jennifer Provencher, Grant
Gilchrist and Tony Gaston, all from Environment Canada. Ben was co-supervised
with Nelson O'Driscoll.
Nathalie worked on her B.Sc. (honours) thesis developing mitochondrial DNA
primers for Purple Sandpipers (Calidris maritima). This species is the
northernmost wintering shorebird in North America, with many around Nova
Scotia. She has developed the project now into an MSc, looking at population
differentiation in this species. Natural Resource personnel from Nova Scotia and
Maine are collaborators in this project. Nathalie was co-supervised with Don
Ellen's B.Sc. (honours) thesis looks at foraging trips of Leach's Storm-Petrel
(Oceanodroma leucorhoa), and how those relate to colony location and marine
habitats along Nova Scotia's eastern shore. She is also assisting Molly Simon
(MSc) in her project examining declining eider populations. The project receives
support from Randy Milton (Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources).
Taylor is working on her B.Sc. (honours) thesis, looking at corticosterone (CORT)
levels in eggs of common eiders (Somateria mollissima dresseri). The premise for
her work is that CORT levels reflect stress in the laying female, and this may differ
depending on the female's assessment of the relative security of her nest site.
Randy Milton (Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources) and Brian Wilson
are collaborators in this project.
Amanda is an Earth & Environmental Sciences student who is following up on Pat
Englehardt's research in 2012. She is examining trace element levels in aquatic
macroinvertebrates from certain wetlands at the Beaubassin Field Station, to
assess if higher sediment or water levels of non-essential trace elements is
reflected in levels in biota. This has implications for dietary uptake of top
predators at the station, including waterfowl. Amanda is supported by an NSERC
Undergraduate scholarship, and she is co-supervised with Ian Spooner. Her
project is also supported in part by Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Lewis is an Earth & Environmental Science student working on his B.Sc. (honours)
project at the Eastern Shore Islands off Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. He's looking
at biotransport of trace elements by colonial birds to the various islands in the
area. Lewis is co-supervised by Ian Spooner, and a key collaborator in his project
is Randy Milton from Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.