Galpern Lab @ Faculty of Environmental Design | University of Calgary

Past lab members

Post Doctoral Scholars

Patrick Barks was an Eyes High Postdoctoral fellow in our lab (2016-2017) working on biodiversity informatics projects.  He turned us all into Bayesians, and may very well be doing the same at his current post doc appointment in Denmark.

Research Assistants

Sarah Johnson was our pollinator field coordinator for two years (Summers 2015 and 2016).  She helped us design and implement our beneficial insects field program in its first two years.  She is now Lead Biologist with Wildlife Preservation Canada, where she works on bumble bees.

Sam Doctolero wrote some fabulous C++ code for us (Summer 2016), which is now fully incorporated into our GRAINSCAPE package for R.  This has sped up analyses of landscape connectivity by orders of magnitude.  Sam now works as a software engineer in the private sector.

Feng Tan (Winter 2016) worked on our monarch butterfly remote sensing project, creating a temporal sequence of land cover for agroecosystems in various parts of Canada.

Stuart Coutts (Winter 2016) joined us as a database admin intern from SAIT, and helped develop two database applications (one web-based) to support research activities.

Scott Bell (Summers 2015, 2016) helped us establish our volunteered smartphone location history program.  He now works in urban planning in Vancouver.

Undergraduate student research projects

Cat Hillaby (2016-2017)

Danielle Chang (Summer 2016)

Thanujah Thambimuthu (2015-2016)

Prairie Field Technicians

Jillian Sick (Summer 2016)

Hayden O’Connor (Summer 2015)

Insect Lab Technicians

Heather Barnes (Fall 2015)

Kaitlyn Liukaitis (Fall 2015)

Malvina Chmielarski (Summer 2016)

Noteworthy

JUL 17/07 University of Calgary is using our bumble bee and climate change work as part of a national advertising campaign. See this poster snapped as we sped by on Calgary Transit. Our part of the campaign can be found here

JUN 13/17: Summer is here, and we have started sampling in canola fields and in ditches in the Calgary area, near Duchess, and near Claresholm, Alberta. Big thanks to our grower-cooperators who allow us into their fields to sample insects and measure yield. And also to Canola Council of Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and Alberta Conservation Association whose ongoing support has enabled us to expand this prairie cropland ecosystem services and conservation program.

JUN 8/17: We have been in the news. Here our beneficial insect project coordinator Jess Vickruck and Canola Council agronomist Gregory Sekulic talk to Grainews about our collaborative prairie research project. University of Calgary also reported recently on our bee work, here.
APR 1/17: Our field program is building. We have FOUR paid positions this summer for our various Prairie beneficial insect projects. Please contact Jess Vickruck if you are interested in applying. [Thank you for your interest. All positions are now filled. Closed.]

APR 5/16: We have THREE paid positions for field/lab assistants on our pollinator landscape ecology projects. See here for more information. Apply soon. [Thanks to those who applied. Now closed.]

DEC 14/15: It's always Bombus rufocinctus! We are looking for undergraduate volunteers starting in the new year to help us identify bumble bees from this summer's field collection. 1picrufo The infamous and abundant rufocinctus is anything but red-belted as the latin scholars among you have already suggested. Rather, it is a brilliant mimic with thirteen different colour pattern morphs that make our game of identifying prairie bumble bees especially fun. Fortunately we have a secret up our sleeve. Come join the rufocinctus gang and find out how to tell a real rufo (err--we think). Thanks to artist and bee ecologist Riley Waytes for our mascot.

OCT 26/15: University of Calgary tweets about our bumble bee climate change study as one of five "research advances that could change our world." There's always hope!

SEP 15/15: Very pleased to be advertising for a University of Calgary Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar in pollinator informatics--or is that bee-o-informatics? See the job posting here.

JULY 16/15: We're quite excited about our team's new bumble bee climate change study just out in Science (Kerr, Pindar, Galpern, et al., 2015). The findings were covered by over 400 media outlets around the world (here's a list), with stories appearing in print, on the web, on the radio, in streaming video, on several Canadian TV networks, and in a few languages.

JULY 10/15: Here's University of Calgary's coverage of the main findings of our new bumble bee climate change study in Science.

MAY 1/15: We are advertising for several graduate positions in pollinator conservation and in landscape modelling (for caribou). Please read the ads here. Applications accepted immediately until filled. Start dates as early as Fall 2015 are possible.

APR 14/15 We are advertising for TWO summer field assistants to help with our landscape-scale pollinator field experiment. Please email Paul Galpern to inquire. UPDATE: These positions have now been filled.

APR 14/15 We are advertising for a summer research assistant to take a lead role in our walkshed project. Please see the job ad here. UPDATE: This position has now been filled.

FEB 1/15: We are gearing up for our summer pollinator field experiment in the Calgary area where we will look at how landscape context has influenced insect pollinators. We are also looking for volunteers to help us collect samples from insect traps.

DEC 1/14 We're looking for graduate students. Get in touch if you have any overlapping interests!

AUG 16/14: MEMGENE, new software for detecting, visualizing and conducting inference on spatial genetic data is now published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The package is available on CRAN. Helpful for landscape genetics!