Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary and Dept. Biological Sciences (adjunct)
Areas of research:
- Pollinator conservation
- Landscape ecology & landscape genetics
- Landscape & urban informatics
I am a landscape ecologist and a data scientist. I work on ecological questions at broad spatial extents and their applications to landscape planning and conservation.
A major theme of research in our lab is pollinator conservation. We are interested in how landscape context and climate change affect wild pollinator status and pollination services in natural and agricultural landscapes, and how this may contribute to pollinator decline.
A second major theme examines how the spatial structure of landscapes may influence the mobility of organisms (including insects, wildlife and people). We use a combination of genetic and GPS data to test these questions. The goal is to understand how to mitigate impacts on the connectivity of ecological processes, such as those created by natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and by climate change. Applications are found in wildlife conservation, agriculture, environmental impact assessment, and in preventing the spread of pests, pathogens and invasive species.
Taking an informatics approach: developing software and improving methods to analyze and wrangle increasingly big data streams are an integral part of all of this work.
I teach landscape ecology and planning and spatial analysis using GIS in the Masters of Planning and Landscape Architecture programs in our faculty (Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary).
I’m also part of the Ecologics Lab group here at EVDS, a collaboration with Dr. Marco Musiani and his students on molecular, spatial and landscape ecological questions.
Faculty of Environmental Design
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada
Email: pgalpern at ucalgary dot ca