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Christina Davy - Project Leader

"Christina Davy is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto and holds a Masters in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario, and a BSc (Zoology) from the University of Guelph. Her PhD dissertation investigates the conservation genetics of freshwater turtles in Ontario, and the efficacy of ex situ nest incubation as a tool for turtle conservation. Her research is supported by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Christina’s research interests focus on applied species conservation and the use of conservation genetics, captive breeding and in situ threat mitigation for recovery of species at risk.. She has worked with endangered turtles in Canada, Costa Rica and Greece, with endangered passerines and reptiles in Mauritius, and with bats in Canada, Costa Rica and Taiwan. She is happiest when wandering around in a wetland."

Suzanne Coombes

Suzanne Coombes

"Suzanne Coombes is a Field Biologist from the United Kingdom and has been carrying out research on conservation projects for the last 4 years. She qualified in 2006 with an FdSc in Zoological Conservation at Newquay College, UK and in 2007 with a BSc Honours in Wildlife Conservation at University of Plymouth, UK. In 2007, she worked in Mauritius on a Reptile Translocation project monitoring a newly relocated Telfair Skink population and has carried out research with freshwater turtles in Southern Ontario. In addition to the field biology, she has several years of experience working in animal collections and zoos carrying out animal husbandry.
Nothing makes Suzie happier than reaching springtime and carrying out research in waders, waist deep in mud and water."

Amy Whitear


Amelia K. Whitear

"Amy Whitear graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology in June 2009.  Since then, she has researched endangered shorebirds in Virginia, New Jersey and Florida, USA, and James Bay, Ontario.  She has also gained work experience in the Ornithology department of the Royal Ontario Museum.  In the spring of 2010, Christina Davy took her on as a volunteer, teaching her the ropes of surveying and sampling turtles in the Southern Ontario wetlands.  This opportunity culminated in a position as a research technician on the Species At Risk Turtle Project in Pinery Provincial Park in the summer of 2010.  Amy is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Zoo Conservation Biology at the University of Plymouth, UK, and hopes to use this knowledge to contribute to in situ conservation management of endangered species. "

   

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