Sharon B.C.Mansiere (nee Dechesne)
Associate Professor of Biology
continuing to do research on vocalizations and behaviours and am
expanding it in many directions.
1. WILDLIFE/HABITAT CONSERVATION AND THE FOREST & RANGES
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
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
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,
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
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:
D. Anderson (University of California - Davis)
Carter US (Geological Survey and Humbolt State University)
A.E. Burger (University of Victoria)
I also have
older data that I will be working through in association with previous
M.R. Lein (University of Calgary) & Dr. G.D. Chilton (St. Mary's
Rudi Drent (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Vancouver Island, BC.
Triangle Island, BC.
Queen Charlotte Islands, BC
Baja Peninsula – Mexico
Channel Islands – California