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 (Research Technician) I completed my M.Sc. with Jeff in 2018 studying black-tailed prairie dogs and now am the research technician for the Mobile Animal Morphometric and Metabolic Analysis Lab (MAMMAL). My role assists students and collaborative researchers in measuring resting metabolic rate and body composition in small mammals (< 2 kg), while maintaining the mobile unit between and at each field site.
Andrea Wishart(Ph.D. student) I currently study North American red squirrels in conjunction with the Kluane Red Squirrel Project. Originally from London, ON, I attended the University of Western Ontario for my B.Sc. (2010) and M.Sc. detecting copy number variants in the mouse genome (2014). I am interested in how individuals balance resources stored off-body in food caches and on-body as fat reserves, why individuals vary in resource acquisition, and what fitness consequences animals face when living in highly fluctuating environments. I integrate aspects of behaviour, physiology, and life history data with information about population- and individual-level food abundance to answer these questions. My research interests also include offspring sex allocation and genomics/mutagenesis. aewishart.wordpress.com @wishartae
Adriana LucíaGuerreroChacón (Ph.D. student) I am a Ph.D. student in the Lane Lab studying the energetics of reproduction and growth in Columbian ground squirrels. I completed my B.Sc. (2011) and M.Sc. (2014) at the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. I started my Ph.D. studies at the University of Saskatchewan in 2017. I am mainly interested in animal ecophysiology, particularly in how animals manage their energy budgets and how physiological traits can explain ecological processes at the individual, population, community and higher levels.
Dylan Baloun (Ph.D. student) I am a Ph.D. student exploring how we can integrate measures of metabolism with analyses of life-history traits to explore evolutionary questions. I completed my H.B.Sc. (2015) at the University of Winnipeg where my thesis focused on the effects of feeding on plasma metabolites in endangered little brown bats. I completed my M.Sc. (2017) at the University of Western Ontario where my thesis tested predictions of the torpor-assisted migration hypothesis and asked questions about how life-history differences in migratory bats affect energy use during migratory stopover.
Deborah Hawkshaw (M.Sc. student) I am a M.Sc. student studying the effects of body condition and sex on black-tailed prairie dog hibernation in Grasslands National Park. I recently graduated from University of Toronto in 2018 with a B.Sc. majoring in ecology, evolution and animal physiology. Prior to joining the Lane Lab and working with prairie dogs, I had worked as a field technician on a long-term white goose project in Nunavut for two seasons as well as a wildlife rehabilitator at the Toronto Wildlife Center. In the summer of 2018, I worked as head technician on the Grasslands black-tailed prairie dogs project and couldn’t be more thrilled to spend more time working with and studying this unique population.
Gabriela Heyer (M.Sc. student) I am a Master’s student studying hibernation in black-tailed prairie dogs. I completed my B.Sc. in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. I then worked as a lab and field technician for 3 years in varying fields, from genetics to animal behavior and physiology. I started my program in the Lane lab in September 2018 and am currently studying intraspecific variation of hibernation expression in black-tailed prairie dogs.
Rebecca Smith (M.Sc. student) I am a Master’s student studying Columbian ground squirrels in Sheep River Provincial Park, Alberta. My primary research interests are the long-term effects of climate change on torpor patterns of wild populations of Columbian ground squirrels. Before joining the Lane Lab, I graduated from Briercrest College with a B.A. in Global Studies (2012), taught English as a second language in South Korea (2013-2014), and completed a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan (2018). I enjoyed working with ground squirrels at the Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for several years, and am excited to now be studying squirrels in their natural habitat.