B 310, Biological Sciences
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We are proud to have Dr. Evelyn Merrill as the Field Research Officer’s first featured researcher. Since 2007, Dr. Merrill has been a Professor with the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta and prior to this, an Associate Professor since 1999. She is the present Chair of the Biosciences Animal Chair Committee and sits as a member on numerous University of Alberta Committees.
Dr. Merrill’s research focuses on large mammals with emphasis on foraging and nutritional ecology of ungulates, plant-herbivore interactions, and landscape modifications on wildlife populations. Her current interest lies in linking small-scale processes to large-scale patterns in animal distribution and population dynamics.
Dr. Merrill’s website
details her current research projects as well as past projects. Of particular interest is her multi-year
Border Deer Study Project
. It’s goal was to link scientific knowledge with wildlife management, particularly in the realm of chronic wasting disease (CWD). This study helped to identify the potential epidemiological risk of CWD entering and spreading into Alberta long portions of the Saskatchewan Border.