Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Research Scientist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Adjunct Professor, Trent University


Welcome to my research group, based at Trent University. We study the variety of ways in which humans impact wildlife. Humans have become the dominant driver of change to ecological systems, and we seek to understand how such change impacts individual behavior and population dynamics. Most of our work is focused on understanding how animals move through and use space in human-modified landscapes, but our research spans a wide range of fields from animal behavior, to statistical ecology and genomics. We aim to make this work applied in nature, but grounded in ecological and evolutionary theory. Check out who we are and what we do. For interested students or post-docs, take a look at opportunities to join the lab.

Recent News

December, 2023

Congratulations Grace!

Grace successfully defended her MSc thesis, passing with flying colors! Learn more about Grace’s research here

November, 2023

Congratulations Maegwin!

Maegwin successfully defended her PhD dissertation, passing with flying colors! Learn more about Maegwin’s research here

May, 2023

Congratulations Kate!

Kate successfully defended her MSc thesis with an amazing defense! Learn more about Kate’s research here

September, 2022

Congratulations Brynn!

Brynn successfully defended her MSc thesis, passing with flying colors! Incredible job! Learn more about Brynn’s research here

June, 2022

Welcome Natalie!

Welcome to Natalie Czajka! Natalie will be starting her MSc this fall, co-supervised by Dr. Aaron Shafer. Check out her Natalie’s research here

May 26, 2022

Congratulations Evan!

Evan Kopsala successfully defended his MSc today. Excellent work! Check out his research here

March 2022

Congratulations Shilah!

Shilah LeFeuvre recently was awarded an Ontario Federation of Angler and Hunters Student Research Grant. Read about the grant here and about Shilah’s research