University of Alberta

Roberta Newbury

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Email

rnewbury@ualberta.ca

Education

Present:  Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Alberta
2013:  Ph.D. Biology, University of British Columbia
2005:  M.S. Biology, Eastern Illinois University
2001:  B.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana

Research Interests

I focus on how behavioral plasticity among individuals ultimately impacts the population dynamics of specialist and generalist species, with emphasis on populations that live at the periphery of the species' geographic distribution. I am fascinated by peripheral populations, as the individuals in these populations often cope with extreme climatic and habitat conditions that conspecifics at the center of the geographic range do not encounter.

For generalists in peripheral populations, morphological, phenotypic, and behavioral adaptations allow individuals to survive in atypical environments. I am intrigued by the role that plastic behavior in peripheral populations plays in range expansion of species, particularly considering current rates of landscape modification and climate change. In essence, we are creating landscapes that favor plastic generalist species over specialist species, leading to predictable range shifts.

Postdoctoral Research

I am investigating the use of Automatic Recording Units and camera trapping protocols to determine the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations in the province. Currently, I am focusing my efforts on developing individual based movement models from existing telemetry data to determine the probability that camera arrays detect known individuals, and how that information can be used to estimate occupancy of sites, species population abundance, with the goal of making recommendations that improve the effectiveness of camera trapping protocols.

Co-supervisor

Dr. Erin Bayne, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

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