Volume 1, Issue 1
Below are photo credits and descriptions for pages 28-29, the field work world map.
From top left to top right:
This picture was taken in Bouchette, Quebec, in an old field ecosystem where I was conducting research examining the influence of spatial relationships on pollinator-mediated interactions between plants. Shown is the introduced Syrphid fly, Eristalis tenax, a honeybee imitator, visiting an inflorescence of Achillea millefolium.
Grad students from the Heliconia project. The research team is based at the Organization for Tropical Studies Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica (https://tropicalstudies.org/); all field work is conducted in the fragmented landscape that surrounds the station.
A perfect end to a perfect day at Salmon Coast Field Station. Located in the Broughton Archipelago B.C., Salmon Coast Field Station is a non-profit conservation organization providing students with a place to conduct their research on marine life.
Sheep Mountain (Thachäl Dhäl) reflected in Kluane Lake on a calm day.
Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) in gloved hand. Caught as part of a landscape study in High Park, Toronto.
Female (top) and male (bottom) of the peacock bass species, Cichla ocellaris, from the Rewa river in Guyana, 2018. Several species of peacock bass occur throughout the neotropics, though the exact number is debated in the literature (and with it, basically, the practice of taxonomy: Kullander and Ferreira 2006 v. Willis 2017). The distinctive hump on the male indicates that this individual is in breeding condition; the fatty hump will be reabsorbed after spawning. Each year the first breeding typically occurs just prior to the rainy season. A few days after these two were caught, the rains began.
Undergraduate Brian Duarte (left) logs data for Sydney Rotman (right) as she harvests her quantitative genetics study of plant fitness responses to global change in the Experimental Climate Warming Array at Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill.
American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Seining in Algonquin Park, Canada
Sunny Lake, within the Wildlife Research Area of Algonquin Provincial Park, is a stunning summer sight to behold. With turtles, leeches and fishes below the surface; watershield, lilies, waterfowl and frogs floating at the surface; and salamanders and songbirds in the surrounding forest, Sunny Lake is an ecologist’s paradise. It is no surprise then that Sunny Lake is a ‘legacy site’, home to turtles from the 46-year mark-recapture study based at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, with EEB Professor Njal Rollinson as a project collaborator. Sunny Lake, Wildlife Research Area, Algonquin Provincial Park (15 July 2011).
Photo from Chibow Lake near Blind River, ON. I was gillnetting in northern Ontario with the ministry of natural resources’ broadscale monitoring (BsM) program, collecting fish (walleye, northern pike, cisco, yellow perch) muscle tissue for stable isotope analysis.
Meadow at the Koffler Scientific Reserve (KSR) at Jokers Hill.
The photo of the red pine was taken at the lookout from Booth’s Rock in Algonquin Park, overlooking Rock Lake on a hike with my sister and her boyfriend. Both of these photos were taken in August 2017.
Flowers at KSR.
Evening view of the pond at KSR.
I am entering my first year of my M.Sc. EEB, and over this summer I started collecting data with the Toronto Zoo. I got to check baited hoop traps, radio track, and road survey for turtles as part of my project in Nick Mandrak and Marc Cadotte’s lab. We are working alongside the Zoo on a road ecology project to assess the mitigation success for an Eco passage to be installed. In this photo you can see an adorable little painted turtle that was an opportunistic find when I noticed it basking on a log. We measured carapace length and width, plastron length and width, height, and we weighed this individual. Normally we would also notch and PIT tag the turtle, however this one was too small.