Stefanie LaZerte, MSc, PhD
Born and bred in the Muskokas of Ontario, currently I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Northern British Columbia. I study behavioural ecology and am particularly interested in how humans influence behaviour of animals.
In particular, my PhD investigated the effects of urban noise and habitat change on chickadee communication with Dr. Ken Otter. Currently I’m finishing a Post-Doc relating to gap-crossing by small birds, where I have been involved with writing R functions to analyze bird visits to automated RFID feeders. See Current Research for more details on either of these studies.
Previously, I studied animal behaviour during my BSc at the University of Toronto, where I looked at population genetics of red knots (Calidris canutus) using AFLPs. After that, I studied activity patterns in eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus) during my MSc at McGill University.
Outside of academia, I love travelling, be it camping locally or flying to visit exotic destinations. But I also enjoy stay-at-home activities such as reading, gardening and spinning wool into yarn.