Fieldwork and Feral Pigs

As an ecologist, I have participated in fieldwork in a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Reconciling the Omnivory-Stability Debate

Excited that my research has been published in The American Naturalist. (vol.179, no.1), January 2012. Reconciling the Omnivory-Stability Debate Gabriel Gellner and Kevin McCann Abstract Despite attempts at reconciliation, the role of omnivory in food web stability remains unclear. Here we develop a novel community matrix approach that is analogous to the bifurcation method of modular food web…

Food Chains and Food Web Modules

We have written a brief and accessible introduction to Food Chains and Food Web Modules, which discusses typical ways in which ecologists simplify and deconstruct food webs. We briefly review modular theory, focusing on two ubiquitous modules – the food chain and the diamond module – before discussing how results from modular theory contribute to…

Elephant’s guide to sex

BBC Two and Discovery Channel have featured our research in an episode of their award-winning science documentary television series Horizon.

Stability of Diverse Food Webs

“Structural asymmetry and the stability of diverse food webs” – a Nature paper I co-authored with Neil Rooney, Kevin McCann and John C. Moore in 2006 has over 400 citations.

DAAM Fisheries Group

From 2005 – 2007 I was involved as a researcher with the Decision Analysis and Adaptive Management (DAAM)  working group concerning commercial fisheries management of the Great Lakes. The project, based at the University of Guelph and lead by Thomas Nudds, focused on the ecology and management of the two most valuable species in the Lake Erie commercial…