Research Interests

My research interests are in developing statistical methods that can be applied to biological questions. My research is on developing state-space (particle filter) models to describe how animal movement evolves over time, and integrating these with an animal's (spatial) environment.

I am also interested in developing quantitative methods for understanding rates of divergence and direction of gene flow and genetic drift in populations of Sandhill Cranes. Using sequence data from blood and feathers collected from birds with known breeding locations, my goal is to build a phylogenetic tree of migratory Sandhill Cranes along the Pacific Flyway. Conservation priorities for the subspecific Sandhill Crane morphs seen in the province can then be determined.

Sandhill Crane