An early fondness for science, animals, and wilderness lead me to pursue a career in wildlife ecology. My high esteem for management oriented science grew at the University of Alberta where I studied the response of elk to roads on their winter range for my Master’s degree.
My PhD project is examining wolf-ungulate dynamics in Riding Mountain National Park in southwestern Manitoba. I will be studying the strategies that predators (wolves) and their prey (elk) use to increase their success in the predator-prey game, including prey selection, sociality, and space-use behaviour. The knowledge we gain from studying the relationship between these keystone species will inform future conservation and management decisions.