Curriculum Vitae · Dr. Steffi LaZerte

Curriculum Vitae

Steffi LaZerte

Brandon, Manitoba
Canada, R7A3C4

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Education | Post-docs | Publications | Presentations | Teaching | Professional Development | Awards & Scholarships | Skills | Media


Education

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PhD (2010 – 2015) University of Northern BC, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Ken A. Otter
Thesis: Chickadee vocalizations in human-altered environments

MSc (2007 – 2010) McGill University, Biology
Supervisor: Dr. Don L. Kramer
Thesis: Using thermosensitive telemetry to measure activity in eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus)

BSc (2003 – 2007) University of Toronto, Honours Zoology, Behaviour Specialist
Supervisor: Dr. Allan Baker
Independent Project: Genomic scan using AFLPs reveals that red knot subspecies are genetically differentiated

Post-Docs

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Post-Doc (2016 – 2017) Thompson Rivers University, Geography and Environmental Studies
Supervisor: Dr. David J. Hill
Details: Developing citizen science tools, in particular an open system for the web-based visualization and analysis of animal movement data

Post-Doc (2015 – 2016) University of Northern BC, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Ken A. Otter
Details: Tracking gap-crossing in small birds through automated RFID feeders.

Post-Doc (2015) University of Northern BC, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Ken A. Otter
Details: A follow up study to playback studies conducted during my PhD looking at audibility of different vocalizations in noisy environments.

Publications

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Presentations

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* denotes presenting author

LaZerte SE*, Gow EA. 2018. cavityuse: An R Package for Detecting Cavity Use From Geolocator Data. Meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Ecologists (Minneapolis, MN, USA).

LaZerte SE*, Albers SJ. 2017. weathercan: An R package to access historical weather data from Environment and Climate Change Canada. Meeting of the Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (Morris, MB).

LaZerte SE*. 2017. A tale of birds and data: How R saved a behavioural ecologist (SCO-SOC Early Career Researcher Award Plenary). The joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists/Société des ornithologistes du Canada (East Lansing, MI, USA).

Otter KA*, Mckenna A, LaZerte SE, Ramsay SM. 2017. The possible link between wintering grounds and continent-wide shifts in song dialects of white-throated sparrows (Oral). The joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists/Société des ornithologistes du Canada (East Lansing, MI, USA).

Bailey J*, Otter KA, Reudink M, Paetkau M and LaZerte SE. 2017. Using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to investigate gap crossing decisions in black-capped chickadees (Oral). The joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists/Société des ornithologistes du Canada (East Lansing, MI, USA).

Otter KA*, LaZerte SE, Marini KLD and Reudink MW. 2016. Is suburbia an avian paradise, or ecological trap? (Invited Talk). BC Nature Fall General Meeting (Prince George, BC).

LaZerte SE*, Slabbekoorn H, and Otter KA. 2016. Learning to cope with urban noise: Vocal adjustment in black-capped chickadees correlates with prior noise experience and may improve audibility in noisy conditions (Symposium). North American Ornithological Conference (Washington DC, USA).

LaZerte SE*, Reudink MW, De Jong A, Kusack J, Paetkau M, Otter KA, Bailey J, Sutter A, Roberts J, Betts M, and Hill D. 2016. Science, engagement, education: Open, web-based visualization and analysis of animal movement data. (Oral). North American Ornithological Conference (Washington DC, USA).

Bailey J*, LaZerte SE, Paetkau M, Reudink M, and Otter KA. 2016. Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology To Investigate Gap Crossing Decisions in Chickadees. (Oral). North American Ornithological Conference (Washington DC, USA).

LaZerte SE*, Otter KA, and Slabbekoorn H. 2016. Singing through noise: How chickadees compensate for effects of noise on communication. (Invited talk). UNBC Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute Colloquium (Prince George, BC).

Marini K*, Otter KA, LaZerte SE, and Reudink MW. 2016. City life and chickadees: effects of urbanization on reproductive success and dawn chorus behaviour in mountain chickadees (Poecile gambeli) (Oral). North American Ornithological Conference (Washington DC, USA).

Otter KA*, LaZerte SE, and Ramsay S. 2016. The value of simplicity – do variant song types affect interactive signalling in white-throated sparrows (Poster). North American Ornithological Conference (Washington DC, USA).

Snell C*, LaZerte SE, Reudink M, and Otter K. 2016. Altered mountain chickadee (Poecile gambeli) song in regions of sympatry does not reduce aggression from black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) (Poster). North American Ornithological Conference (Washington DC, USA).

LaZerte SE*, Otter KA, and Slabbekoorn H. Behavioural plasticity of mountain chickadee vocalizations in response to urban noise. (Poster). Presented at the:

LaZerte SE*, Otter KA, and Slabbekoorn H. Improving urban acoustics: Urban noise is more detrimental than urban habitat to transmission of chickadee vocalizations. (Oral). Presented at the:

LaZerte SE*. 2013. Multimodal Inference and Model Averaging. 2013. Interdisciplinary Panel on Methodologies and Statistical Approaches (Organizers: LaZerte SE and Koiter AJ). UNBC Graduate Conference (Prince George, BC).

LaZerte SE*, and Otter KA Vocal adjustment by black-capped and mountain chickadees in urban and noisy habitats. (Poster). Presented at the:

LaZerte SE*, and Otter KA. Chickadee vocalizations in human-altered environments. (Poster). Presented at the:

LaZerte SE*, and Kramer DL. 2011. Methods Round Table: Temperature-sensitive radio telemetry to document rest, activity and torpor. (Oral). UNBC Graduate Conference (Prince George, BC).

LaZerte SE*, and Kramer DL. Myth of the “busy chipmunk”: Long-term quantification of activity and rest in a natural population (Oral). Presented at the:

LaZerte SE* 2009. Determinants of seasonal activity patterns in eastern chipmunks: A path analysis approach (Oral). McGill University Community Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Symposium (Montreal, QC).

LaZerte SE*, and Baker A. 2007. Genomic Scan using AFLPs Reveals that Red Knot Subspecies are Genetically Differentiated (Poster). University of Toronto Independent Research Projects Poster Symposium (Toronto, ON). Awarded 1st place in Evolution category.

Teaching

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Large events

Instructor and Teaching Assitant

Guest Lectures

Attendance at Teaching Conferences and Workshops

Volunteer Teaching

Community presentations and outreach

Professional Development

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Awards and Scholarships

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Skills

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Throughout my career I have had many opportunities to develop a diverse skill set, this is a list of the various skills in which I am proficient.

Field/Lab Skills

Research Skills

Computer or Computational Skills

Research Management Skills

Media

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Over the last couple of years several projects I’ve been involved with have been fortunate enough to attract some media attention.

Chickadees and Noise

2016/07 Media attention surrounding publication of “Learning to cope: Vocal adjustment to urban noise is correlated with prior experience in black-capped chickadees”

2013/09 SCO award for best student presentation highlighted by Ducks Unlimited - Ducks Unlimited facebook post

2012/04 Sharing relevant findings with the Stanley Park Ecological Society

White-throated Sparrows Citizen Science

2016/03 Start of the citizen science study

2016/05 Geolocators and tracking movements