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.