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Sharon B.C.Mansiere (nee Dechesne)

Associate Professor of Biology

 

ONGOING RESEARCH

I am continuing to do research on vocalizations and behaviours and am expanding it in many directions.

1. WILDLIFE/HABITAT CONSERVATION AND THE FOREST & RANGES ACT.

        Through the Forest Practices Board, I have worked for the chair to describe the impact of current logging on the Marbled Murrelet. I am actively trying to work with industry to determine the best route for maintaining the species habitat while not making it impracticable for implementation.

2. ANALYSIS OF THE VOCALIZATIONS AND BEHAVIOURS OF SEABIRDS.

        find vocalizations and behaviours of best use to management or monitoring

        assess the habitat to determine range of effectiveness and how the habitat may have shaped the vocal repertoire

        examine the relationship of phylogeny, habitat, and syringeal structure

        Investigation of the behaviour and vocalizations of many species, with special attention to rare and endangered seabirds.

        Examine anomolous behaviours and vocalizations (elative to phylogenetic relationships) that may serve to isolate or help a particular species needs or habitat limitations. e.g., : acoustic windows, vocal individuality, life-history patterns

3. ANALYSIS OF THE BEHAVIOURS OF SHOREBIRDS.

        study nesting season behaviours including:

        gender differences in nest defense

        non-participation in nesting

        associations with non-breeding clubs

        the impact of human disturbance on nest success.

4. ANALYSIS OF THE VOCALIZATIONS OF SPARROWS.

        establish the usage patterns of song repertoires and song variety

 

PREVIOUS RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS

In addition to my own research on seabirds, I have been collecting data at various sites with great help from collaborators:

           Dr. D. Anderson (University of California - Davis)

           H.R. Carter US (Geological Survey and Humbolt State University)

           Dr. A.E. Burger (University of Victoria)

 

I also have older data that I will be working through in association with previous employers:

           Dr. M.R. Lein (University of Calgary) & Dr. G.D. Chilton (St. Mary's College, Calgary)

           Dr. Rudi Drent (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

 

RESEARCH LOCALITIES

           Vancouver Island, BC.

           Triangle Island, BC.

           Queen Charlotte Islands, BC

           Baja Peninsula Mexico

           Channel Islands California

 

 

Okanagan College
583 Duncan Ave W, Penticton BC. tel Penticton 250-492-4305 (1-866-510-8899), Kelowna 250-762-5445
583 Duncan Ave W
, Penticton BC
. tel Penticton 250-492-4305 (1-866-510-8899), Kelowna 250-762-5445