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, and the Department of Biology at Laurentian University.
My research program examines wildlife disease ecology and ecosystem health using amphibians in the boreal forest as a model system.
One component 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 collaborate with Dr. Catherine Soos (Environment Canada), Mr. Bruce Pauli (Environment Canada), Dr. Maria Forzan (Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative), Dr. David Lesbarrères (Laurentian University), Dr. Allan Pessier (San Diego Zoo), Dr. Jessicca Fielding (Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital) and Dr. Erica Crespi (Washington State University) on questions related to amphibian health.
Another component of my research program is examining early ecological succession patterns and amphibian population biology at disturbed and 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