CitiSci(urid) Team


Dr. Amy Newman: Amy is an ecophysiologist who’s training lies at the intersection of physiology, ecology and neuroendocrinology. She obtained a BSc from Queen’s University (2004), a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia (2009), and was then an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph (2010-2012).  She joined the faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor in late 2012 and is interested in the long-term effects of environment and stress on wild organisms.

Dr. Claire JardineAfter completing a BSc in Wildlife Biology at the University of Guelph, Claire obtained an MSc in Ecology from the University of British Columbia. Her interest in wildlife diseases led her to obtain her DVM in 2001 and her PhD in 2006 from the University of Saskatchewan. Claire is currently an associate professor in the department of Pathobiology, and regional director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative for Ontario/Nunavut at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Her research program is focused on understanding the role of wildlife in the ecology of zoonotic pathogens. She is currently involved in studies investigating raccoon roundworm, Campylobacter in waterfowl, and Lyme disease ecology in Ontario.


Alannah Grant: Alannah is a Master of Science Candidate in the Newman Ecophysiology Lab at the University of Guelph and the new lead of CitiSci(urid) proceeding Mason. For her MSc, Alannah will be investigating the differences in stress physiology, diet and brain development between urban and non-urban eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) populations. Current squirrel watch contributions will go towards Alannah’s research. To learn more about Alannah’s research, watch her 3-minute thesis competition video

Stothart_rarePhoto.jpgMason Stothart: 
Mason is a Master of Science Candidate in the Newman Ecophysiology Lab at the University of Guelph.  For his MSc, Mason will be investigating longitudinal trends in eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) stress physiology, immunity, and disease prevalence within the urban environment through the launch of the CitiSci(urid) Project.


Samantha Taylor: Samantha is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Animal Biology at the University of Guelph. She will be assisting in the summer 2016 fieldwork, helping with squirrel trapping and data collection. With a love for wildlife, science, and the outdoors, Samantha is very excited to be a part of the CitiSci(urid) team.  Samantha is also planning to complete an undergraduate thesis in the Newman Ecophysiology Lab, using data collected this summer.

 Partner Organizations

The rare Charitable Research Reserve 

Founded in 2001, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+acre land reserve situated at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers.  The reserve is not only a beautiful and culturally significant landscape, but includes trees more than 240 years old and provides a diversity of habitats that supports rich biodiversity. This pristine landscape is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna, some of which are ranked significant regionally, provincially, nationally, even globally.

The rare Chartiable Research Reserve provides a valuable natural landscape for the urban-exurban comparisons necessary for the CitiSci(urid) project.