My general interests are in the areas of community and landscape ecology, and applied conservation biology. Much of my research focuses on the broad-scale effects of land-use policies and practices on wildlife, with an emphasis on boreal forests. Using both field-based and modeling approaches, I seek to better understand the interactions between human activities and natural diversity, in order to evaluate existing and potential land-management strategies.
Through my own research and that of my students, I am involved in work on a variety of species, in a variety of systems. Our work is highly integrative, emphasizing landscape-level planning and management issues across multiple sectors, at multiple spatial scales. Most recently, I initiated the Canadian BEACONS project, a large-scale analysis of conservation needs and strategies in Canada’s boreal forest. I also continue long-term research on the Calling Lake Fragmentation Project.