Current Graduate Students

Everett Hanna - Ph.D. Candidate

Ev & CraneAfter receiving a Fish and Wildlife Technician Diploma in 2007 and an Advanced Diploma in Fish and Wildlife Technology in 2008 from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario, Everett went on to earn his B.Sc. (honours in biology) from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario in 2009. He has worked with Ducks Unlimited Canada as a nest search technician in southern Alberta for 2 years, with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department trapping/banding Mourning Doves, and with the Colorado Division of Wildlife nest searching and trapping/banding waterfowl.

Everett’s M.Sc. research investigated the expanding population of Sandhill Cranes breeding, staging, and migrating along the North Shore of Lake Huron, Ontario, including Manitoulin and St. Joseph’s Islands. Primary objectives included attaining a population estimate, determining local recruitment through age-ratio surveys, and establishing the migratory behaviour of both local and migratory cranes in the late summer and early fall using PTT-based GPS transmitters. Everett is transferring from the M.Sc. program to the Ph.D. program at the University of Western Ontario to lead further research on cranes in Ontario. Everett enjoys hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife photography and training his Labrador retriever, Tank, for hunting.


Matt PalumboPh.D. Candidate

Transmitter implanting 185Matt received his B.S in 2005 in Wildlife Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. During his undergraduate studies and employment afterward, Matt gained valuable field experience working on a variety of projects focusing on white-tailed deer, black bear, and Pacific fisher conservation. In 2010, Matt then received his M.S in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, where he conducted a statewide gobbling chronology study of Eastern wild turkeys. Soon after graduating, Matt became employed as a regional co-operative wildlife biologist for the National Wild Turkey Federation in Florida. After some time in Florida, Matt then became employed as a wildlife biologist for the Wildlife Services division of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Matt began his Ph.D at Western University in September 2013. Matt will study female Mallard habitat use and survival during autumn and winter in the Lake St. Clair region of Ontario. His research will provide area managers with useful information on how waterfowl use the landscape during autumn and winter and provide conservation planners with pertinent information that has the potential to guide the management of this species in Great Lakes region.


Philip Wilson – M.Sc. Candidate

Philip was born and raised in the city of Toronto, where he quickly learned that he was not meant to live in an urban environment. Bedazzled by the natural environment, he took to the woods and learned rapidly about the interconnectedness of our environment. He fell in love with Georgian Bay and considers this his true home, the place where his mind was set free to learn.

Philip attended Sir Sandford Fleming College and graduated in 2005 from the Fish and Wildlife Technology program. He then transferred to Trent University on a scholarship and graduated in 2007 with an honours degree in Wildlife Biology. His main focus was and remains to be wildlife management. Since that time, Philip has worked in various places including Cuba, the Albertan Rocky Mountains, northern, central and southern Ontario, Jordan, and most recently finished working a two year contract with Environment Canada.

Philip is currently embarking on another academic journey as he prepares for a M.Sc. in Biology at the University of Western Ontario. His focus is on the movement patterns and habitat selection of an arctic breeding species, the Long-tailed Duck, while found wintering at Lake Ontario. Efforts from his research will be utilized by industry when planning offshore wind development projects.

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