I am a landscape ecologist and conservation biologist. My students and I study the effects of landscape structure on biodiversity and on the abundance, distribution and persistence of wildlife populations. Study species include frogs and toads, turtles, birds, mammals, insects, other arthropods, plants and lichens. Landscape structure includes the amounts of various kinds of land cover in a landscape (e.g., forest, wetland, roads, crop fields), and the spatial arrangement of these cover types.

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Honours and Distinctions

  • President’s Award, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution: highest distinction conferred by the Society; one award given every two years to a Canadian scientist in recognition of outstanding contributions
  • Guggenheim Fellow
  • Chancellor’s Professor: the highest honour given by Carleton University for research and scholarship
  • Miroslaw Romanowski Medal: for contributions towards the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems, Royal Society of Canada
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award, Carleton University, awarded to “faculty who render exceptional service to graduate students as supervisors and research mentors”
  • Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award. U.S. Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE): top award of the US-IALE, “to recognize unique individuals whose long-term scientific contribution has helped to define the field of landscape ecology”. One award given annually.
  • Carleton University Research Achievement Award “to recognize outstanding research achievements” (awarded twice).
  • Outstanding Paper in Landscape Ecology. One award given annually by the US Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) to recognize the most outstanding paper in the field of landscape ecology (awarded twice).

Academic Background

  • B.Sc., Biology, Queen’s University, 1981
  • M.Sc., Biology, Carleton University, 1983
  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of Toronto, 1988
  • 1987-1989 Research Associate, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
  • 1989-1991 Research Scientist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, St. John’s, NF
  • 1991-1994 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Carleton University
  • 1994-2001 Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Carleton University
  • 2001-present Professor, Department of Biology, Carleton University


  • BIOL 3602 – Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 4604 – Landscape Ecology