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The primary research interest in my lab is using genetics, such as microsatellites and DNA sequences, to answer ecological and conservation related questions.

Specifically, the questions my lab is currently focusing on include questions relating to estimating effective populations sizes of small populations, what factors influence rates of loss of genetic variation, interpopulation dispersal rates, and the landscape level factors that influence interpopulation dispersal.


Previous Research

American Badger -  Taxidea taxus
Influence of roads on badger population strucuter and diseprsal
Collaboration with Dr. Chris Kyle
Collaboration with Jared Duquette


Previous Research

Blackfooted Ferrets  -  Mustella nigripes
Distribution of reproductive success among males and landscape level movement patterns


Wood turtles  -  Clemmys insculpta
Genetic evaluation of the colonization of Michigan by wood turtles and impact of roads on dispersal


Green Roof diversity
Colonization of weed species on green roofs

  Mink -  Mustela vision
Evaluation of mink population dynamics as impacted by muskrat and microtine densities.

  Impact of life  -  history on dispersal
Comparative analysis of dispersal in carivores.

  Sharp-tailed grouse -  Tympanuchus phasianellus
Genetic status of sharp-tailed grouse in Wisconsin

  Ringed seals  -  Pusa hispida
Population structure in eastern Canadian ringed seals

  White-tailed deer -  Odocoileus virginianus
Factors influencing the microbial community of a deer's stomach

  Moose -  Alces alces
Microsatellite and mtDNA evaluation of Isle Royal moose

  Yellow perch  -  Perca flavescens
Estimating dispersal between border lakes and Lake Michigan.

  Small mouth bass
Micropterus dolomieu

Genetic investigation of life history characteristics (reproductive strategies and dispersal) and population status

  Red-backed salamanders
Plethodon cinereus

Influence of island size on genetic variation

  Fishers  -  Martes pennanti
Fingerprinting Fishers to estimate population size.

  American Martens  -  Martes americana
Genetic status of the marten populations in the lower peninsula of Michigan

  Yellowstone Elk  -  Cervus elaphus
Dermining how elk use habitat with respect to threat of predation

  Bobcats - Lynx rufus
Using genetics to investigate misreporting of bobcat harvest in Michigan and
Influence of roads on population structure and dispersal of bobcats

  Black bear - Ursus americanus
Use of hair snares to estimate population sizes in open populations
Collaboration with Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

  White-tailed deer -  Odocoileus virginianus
Factors influencing the microbial community of a deer's stomach

  Ringed seals  -  Phoca hispida
Population structure and philopatry of ringed seals
Collaboration with Dr. Brendan Kelly

  Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Sistrurus catenatus catenatus

Population structure of massasauga in Michigan
Collaboration with Dr. Jim Gillingham


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