Current interests focus on the evolution of habitat selection, on the evolution of life histories, and
on their respective roles in population dynamics, community organization, and the
conservation of biodiversity. We are especially interested in linking the optimal behavioural
strategies of individuals to their population, metapopulation, community and conservation
Immediate opportunities exist for students interested in using experiments to test theories of habitat selection
and landscape ecology.
Lakehead University's Habitron is designed specifically for experimental field ecology. Current projects include assessment of the role of habitat training on habitat choice, tests of theories to predict habitat carrying capacity, and the effect of soft versus hard edges on habitat selection. Future projects include tests of demographic theories on the evolution of habitat preference, and the role of landscape configuration on population distribution.
Please address inquiries, including a statement of research interests and summary of undergraduate/graduate courses, to:
Dr. Douglas Morris
Department of Biology
Thunder Bay, ON
Lakehead University is optimally located for field studies in boreal ecosystems, and as a base for
field research in western and northern Canada. Programs in Biology, Forestry and Outdoor
Recreation, Parks and Tourism share an ecological and conservation theme that is also reflected
in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources' Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research
(CNFER, located on campus).
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