In my Ph.D., I sought to understand the consequences of trait change due to
evolutionary and plastic responses in changing environments, developing
theory on population dynamics resulting from these processes in stochastic environments. Using this theory
I showed how environmental autocorrelation controls the benefits to plasticity in new environments.
Further, these theories provide predictions about the entire distribution of population sizes and fitness
levels within a population.
My M.Sc. research focused on the evolutionary ecology of sea lice, farmed and
wild salmon. Recently, I've become particularly interested in the ways in
which the combination of wild salmon migrations and salmon farm management
can influence chemical resistance evolution on farms, potentially providing a
benefits to people (which some have called "EVOsystem services").
During my Ph.D., I focused on modelling populations that exhibit rapid
responses to environmental change. I sought to understand the consequences of
trait change due to evolutionary and plastic responses in changing
environments, developing theory on population dynamics resulting from these
Much of this theoretical work was in collaboration with Luis-Miguel Chevin as well as my Ph.D.
Baskett (UC Davis Population Biology).
These interests also extend back to my my Master’s research, which focused on
the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of sea lice and salmonids with Mark Lewis at the Centre for Mathematical Biology
at University of Alberta.
I have continued these interests, recently publishing
with several collaborators at UBC on evosystem services potentially provided by salmon farms
(“Wild salmon sustain the effectiveness of parasite control on salmon farms: conservation implications from an evolutionary ecosystem service” Conservation Letters).