I'm a faculty member at Keyano College, located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. I teach in the University Studies Sciences and Environmental Technology programs. I am also an adjunct professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Saskatchewan.
My research program examines wildlife disease ecology and ecosystem health using amphibians in the boreal forest as a model system.
One prong of my research program is evaluating ecosystem health by examining the health and population biology of amphibians in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. I am particularly interested in two pathogens implicated in global amphibian declines, ranaviruses and the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). The interactions of these pathogens with environmental stressors such as disturbances related to oil sands mining is a major focus of my work. I presented some of this research in July 2013 at the 2nd International Symposium on Ranaviruses and the 62nd International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association along with my collaborators Dr. Catherine Soos (Environment Canada), Mr. Bruce Pauli (Environment Canada) and Dr. Maria Forzan (Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative). My collaborator Dr. David Lesbarrères (Laurentian University) and I are currently accepting applications for a graduate student to examine the evolutionary ecology of ranaviruses and Bd in the Canadian north. Additional information can be found on my Graduate Opportunities page (see tab above).
Another prong of my research program is examining early ecological succession patterns and amphibian population biology at reclaimed wetlands in the Fort McMurray area. I am collaborating with Dr. Jan Ciborowski (U Windsor) on this important avenue of research.
I'm always happy to discuss my research in person if anyone would like more information. My contact information is below.
Funding and Research Partners
Gov Northwest Territories
Canadian Wildlife Foundation
Alberta Conservation Association
Wood Buffalo Environmental Association
Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes
Suncor Energy Inc
Syncrude Canada Ltd
danna.schock [at] keyano.ca
danna.schock [at] gmail.com