How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
Arthur C. Clarke
MSc Student UVictoria, BSc UCalgary
I have a Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Zoology from the University of Calgary and I am currently a marine ecologist and Master's student in the Baum lab at the University of Victoria. My thesis revolves around coral reef recovery on Kiritimati Island (Christmas Island). I am investigating how local and global stressors are affecting coral reef communities and beta diversity. I love teaching others about the mystery of the oceans and helping others to see ways that they can impact their oceans for the better.
During my undergrad, I worked on two honors theses with bats. My ecology project, supervised by Dr. Robert Barclay, is looking at the diet of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) and the long-eared bat (Myotis evotis), examining if these species consume spiders like similar bats in the Northwest Territories and Alaska do, and if there is any seasonality or other patterns to their consumption of spiders through the season. My zoology project, supervised by Dr. Jessica Theodor, is examining sexual dimorphism within bat species, as female bats increase body mass by 20-30% during pregnancy resulting in larger female than male bats. This increase in female body mass should cause females to have different wing shapes to compensate for an increased body mass during the year and I am examining if there are differences in the amount of sexual dimorphism based on the foraging style of each species as wing shape will also affect the maneuverability of the bats.