Jeff I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Originally from Calgary, AB, I obtained my B.Sc. from the University of Calgary in 2000. I finished a M.Sc. in 2002 at the University of Regina and a Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in 2008. Following post-docs at the University of Edinburgh, CNRS Montpellier and the University of Alberta, I started at the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. My research interests are primarily in evolutionary and physiological ecology of wild mammals and I use a diversity of approaches to understand how individuals and populations adapt to their natural environments.
Jillian Kusch (M.Sc.) I am a Master’s student in the Lane lab studying black-tailed prairie dogs in Grasslands National Park. I completed my B.Sc. Honours in Environmental Biology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. I am most interested in terrestrial ecology, particularly population dynamics and individual fitness of mammals. I am focusing my study on social network analysis, as prairie dogs exhibit fairly unique social behaviours like kissing and grooming, but also territorial defense. As a life-long resident of Saskatchewan, I am very excited to be studying a keystone species of the grasslands in Saskatchewan.
Colleen Crill (M.Sc.) I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. In 2013, I began working for the US Geological Survey on development and testing of an oral sylvatic plague vaccine. I was first involved with field trials in Utah, then on vaccine bait production at the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI. I started my master’s at the University of Saskatchewan in September 2015. I am currently studying how chronic stress and predation risk affect reproductive success in black-tailed prairie dogs in Grasslands National Park.
Andrea Wishart(Ph.D.) I am a PhD student studying food hoarding and territory quality in North American red squirrels as part of the Kluane Red Squirrel Project. I completed my BSc (2010) and MSc (2014) at the University of Western Ontario. Before joining the Lane Lab in January 2016, I was becoming attached to squirrels through wildlife rehabilitation at Salthaven (Mount Brydges, Ont.) and working with natural history collections in the UWO Herbarium and Zoological Collections at Western.
Paul Boyce(Ph.D.) I moved to Canada after completing my M.Sc in New Zealand, modelling freshwater fish populations. My research here is focusing on coyotes in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Coyotes have expanded across North America into new habitats and pose novel threats to prey species as the top terrestrial predator in the absence of wolves. Despite much speculation, little is known about coyote ecology in southern Canada, and management of the species and their prey is difficult. This research will help to resolve aspects of coyote ecology and hunting behaviour and quantify the impact coyotes may have on prey species.