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.
Prior to joining Keyano College I was a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Susan Kutz (2008-10) and Dr. Judit Smits (2010) at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
My research program examines wildlife disease ecology and ecosystem health using amphibians in the boreal forest as a model system. Current research questions include evaluating ecosystem health and the progress of reclamation initiatives 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 - and the interactions of these pathogens with environmental stressors such as disturbances related to oil sands mining in north-eastern Alberta.
I was recently interviewed by AACTI about my involvement in research here at Keyano College. The video is here and 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
Alberta Conservation Association
Gov Northwest Territories
Canadian Wildlife Foundation
Wood Buffalo Environmental Association
Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes
danna.schock [at] keyano.ca
danna.schock [at] gmail.com