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After my latest field season in Grasslands National Park, Iím back in Edmonton making sense of the data we collected during the summer. I've been working on a project in Saskatchewan with Parks Canada on the threatened butterfly Apodemia mormo, commonly known as the Mormon metalmark. Although relatively common in the central US, this species is found in only two locations in Canada and is considered threatened. I'm monitoring the Grasslands National Park population to determine its full extent, and to learn more about the unique challenges facing species at the edge of their ranges. Such species are often at the very limits of their environmental tolerance, and must seek only the most suitable habitats to survive. This, in turn, can help reveal a species' true habitat preferences.
Outside of the world of research, I'm excited to be involved in science communication work as a writer and consultant. A lot of primary academic research is hard for non-academics to understand, making it difficult for knowledge users (the energy and natural resources industries, for example) to stay on top of relevant research. By acting as an intermediary between knowledge producers and users, I work to facilitate understanding and the adoption of best practices.