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PhD Students

Tracy Timmins (PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies)


I am investigating human-raccoon encounters and conflict in Toronto in order to understand ecological and social causes of human-wildlife conflict and develop strategies to support coexistence. For the purposes of collecting data on human-raccoon encounters and engaging the public in urban wildlife issues, I am developing an online citizen science tool which would collect and aggregate citizen-shared multimedia data about encounters.

My background is in Geomatics, specializing in GIS, spatial analysis and spatial ecology. I completed an MSc in Geomatics at the University of Calgary where I investigated environmental predictors of grizzly bear health using spatial autoregression modelling. In addition I have several years of work experience in GIS, mapping, conservation planning, and landscape modelling.

My research interests include spatial ecology, human-wildlife conflict and coexistence, animal behaviour, as well as the philosophy of human-animal ethics.

Nyssa Trip (PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies)

My current research involves applying ecological principles to the urban environment. By considering both social and biological components I hope to make science based research more effective and relevant in informing conservation goals. I have research interests in urban ecology, landscape ecology (spatial ecology), conservation biology, best management practices and sustainability science.

I started my academic life in invasion biology, became interested in landscape ecology and I am now doing urban landscape ecology. I did my undergraduate at Carleton University (located in Ottawa). For my MSc (Biology) I moved 3,000 km to attend Memorial University (located in St. John’s, NL). I worked on the “Rock” for a while. Now I am back in Ontario (3,500 km later) in Toronto.