Steffi LaZerte

Brandon, Manitoba
Canada, R7A3C4

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


Academic Activities

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Positions

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Brandon University

MSc Committees

2019-Present Department of Geography & Environment, Brandon University
2019-Present Department of Biology, Brandon University
2019-Present Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba


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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Teaching

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Large events

  • 2015 UNBC Discovery Centre
    This centre was a 3-day event held in November 2015. I was one of three coordinators and organized events, volunteers and panellists, and supervised on all event days.

Instructor and Teaching Assitant

  • 2018 NRI 7350 Study design and quantitative methods for resource and environmental management (Sessional Co-Instructor, taught R labs; University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • 2017 SOIL 7240 Module 1: Data preparation in R (Module Instructor; University of Manitoba; Dr. David Lobb)
  • 2015 BIOL 323 Evolutionary Biology (Sessional Instructor; UNBC)
  • 2014 STAT 473/673 Experimental Design and Analysis (Substitute Lecturer; UNBC)
  • 2014 STAT 240 Basic Statistics (Teaching Assistant; UNBC, Julius Bankole)
  • 2011 BIOL 102 Introductory Biology II (Teaching Assistant; UNBC, Dr. Saphida Migabo)
  • 2010 BIOL 308 Ornithology and Mammalogy (Teaching Assistant; UNBC, Dr. Ken A. Otter)
  • 2009 BIOL 111 Principles: Organismal Biology (Teaching Assistant; McGill, Heather Lynn Roffey)
  • 2008 BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms (Teaching Assistant; McGill, Dr. Don L. Kramer)

Guest Lectures

  • 2018/02 Brandon University (Biology) 15:350 Evolution (Brandon, MB)

  • 2018/02 Brandon University (Biology) 15:375 Animal Behaviour (Brandon, MB)

  • 2017/11 Brandon University (Geography) 38:290 Global Environmental Change (Brandon, MB)

  • 2014/03 & 2015/02 & 2016/02 UNBC BIOL 420 Animal Behaviour (Prince George, BC)
    “Singing through the noise: How birds compensate for effects urbanization on communication”

  • 2014/03 & 2016/01 UNBC GEOG 311 Drainage Basin Geomorphology (Prince George, BC)
    The importance of good figures and using R and ggplot2 to graph data

  • 2015/05 TRU BIOL 3101 Animal Behaviour (Kamloops, BC)
    “Singing through the noise: How birds compensate for effects urbanization on communication”

  • 2013/03 Owls Lesson (Likely Elementary School, Likely, BC)

Attendance at Teaching Conferences and Workshops

  • 2018/08 Brandon University Teaching Excellence Conference (Brandon, MB)
  • 2011 – 2016 UNBC and CNC Annual Teaching and Learning Conference (Prince George, BC)
  • 2014/09 Teaching Dossier Workshop (Prince George, BC)
  • 2011/08 Instructional Skills Workshop (Prince George, BC)
  • 2011/01 UNBC Teaching Assistant Workshop (Prince George, BC)
  • 2008/03 McGill Professional development workshop: Learning to Teach (Montreal, QC)
  • 2008/01 Teaching Workshop – McGill Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education (Montreal, QC)

Volunteer Teaching

  • 2016/12 – 2017/05 R Group (UNB, Fredericton, NB)
    Facilitate a social gathering for graduate students to share and learn about statistics and the statistical software R

  • 2012/09 – 2016/05 R Coffee Hour (UNBC, Prince George, BC)
    Hosted and facilitated a social gathering for graduate students to share and learn about statistics and the statistical software R

  • 2011/11 Zotero Workshop (UNBC, Prince George, BC)
    Facilitated a workshop helping graduate students learn to use Zotero (open-source referencing software) to manage citations and improve research efficiency

  • 2003 – 2004 - JUMP math tutor (Toronto, ON)
    Tutored grade 3 math through the JUMP math organization

Community presentations and outreach

  • 2015/01 Prince George Naturalists Club – Guest speaker
    “Singing through the noise: How birds compensate for effects urbanization on communication”

  • 2013/11 Williams Lake Naturalists Club – Guest speaker
    “Singing through the noise: How birds compensate for effects urbanization on communication”

  • 2014/05 Prince George Young Naturalists Club – Guest speaker “Come learn all about Chickadees!”

  • 2014/03 Immaculate Conception School Science Fair – Judge (Prince George, BC)

  • 2013/11 Lake City Secondary School Science 8 and 9 – Guest Educator (Williams Lake, BC)
    “Early bird gets the worm!”

  • 2013/10 UNBC Northern Research Group Trail Talks – Guest Guide (Prince George, BC)
    “Birds and Glacial Lakes”

  • 2013/09 Quesnel River Research Centre High School Salmon Day – Guest Scientist (Likely, BC)
    Chickadee communication and sound transmission activities

  • 2012/09 & 2013/09 Kelowna Kokanee Salmon Festival – Exhibitor (Kelowna, BC)

  • 2011/05 COFI Forest Education Program’s Natural Resource Management Career Awareness Camps – Wildlife module Instructor (Prince George, BC)


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

  • Audio recording
  • Behavioural observations
  • Locating animals
  • Playback studies
  • Mist-netting
  • Potters traps
  • Telemetry
  • Nest searches
  • Animal care
  • Familiarity with molecular genetics
  • Familiarity with cannon netting

Research Skills

  • Study design
  • Statistical analysis (including generalized linear mixed modelling, information theoretic approaches, etc.)
  • Statistical analyses in R
  • Writing papers and reports
  • Presenting findings

Computer or Computational Skills

  • R programming
  • LaTex
  • Markdown (including RMarkdown)
  • OpenOffice Write/Calc, Microsoft Word/Excel
  • Linux
  • WordPress
  • HTML, CSS (basic)
  • Jekyll web development (basic)
  • Lisp (basic)

Research Management Skills

  • Applying for grants and funding
  • Applying for research permits and permissions
  • Animal Care applications
  • Managing multiple, simultaneous permits
  • Organizing/Designing field work and schedules for multiple people
  • Organizing housing and transportation
  • Research dissemination (reports, presentations, verbal communication)

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