Amphibian health and ecology in the north

Welcome to my site. Thank you for your interest in my work.

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 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) and Dr. David Lesbarrères (Laurentian University) on questions related to this component of my research. David Lesbarrères and I recently interviewed graduate student applicants for a project that will examine the evolutionary ecology of ranaviruses and Bd in the Canadian north. Additional information about the project will be posted here are the project develops. 

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
Keyano College
Environment Canada
Parks Canada
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

Contact me
danna.schock [at] keyano.ca
danna.schock [at] gmail.com
ph: 780-791-4816