Sean Boyle

Postdoctoral Fellow (joint supervision with Eric Vander Wal & Garrett Street)

Pronouns: he/him/his

I am interested in the ways society and wildlife interact with one another. I started working with the lab in June 2019, after completing my PhD at Laurentian University with Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus and Dr. David Lesbarrères where I studied the impact of roads on wildlife with a focus on improving and understanding the effectiveness of mitigation strategies.

I am now investigating large mammal spatial ecology and behaviour using a combination of trail cameras, GPS telemetry data, and aboriginal traditional knowledge with a specific interest in moose, a species which has experienced substantial declines and whose population stability is important to many indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

The second major aspect of my research centres around the relationship between abundance and occupancy (AOR), and its implications for conservation and management. This relationship, both interspecifically and intraspecifically, is usually positive, and is often assumed to be linear. However, the factors affecting both abundance and occupancy vary through space and time, making the relationship difficult to apply without violation of critical assumptions. My work looks to disentangle the AOR and advance our understanding of it in applied contexts.