Ph.D. Candidate, Biology, University of Regina (Sep 2013 – present)
Supervisors: Dr. Britt Hall & Dr. Gavin Simpson
Thesis: Impacts of agriculture on rodent diversity in grassland ecosystems
M.Sc. Biology, University of Regina (Jan 2011 – Jul 2013)
Supervisors: Dr. Ray Poulin & Dr. Chris Somers
Thesis: Ecological factors affecting the landscape-scale spatiotemporal distribution of small mammal assemblages across the northern Great Plains of North America
B.Sc. Biology, University of Saskatchewan (Sep 2003 – Apr 2008)
Honours & Awards
UR International Travel Award (Mar 2017) – $1,000
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (Jan-Apr 2017) – $14,600
FGSR Student Travel Award (Dec 2016) – $500
FGSR Student Travel Award (Nov 2015) – $500
NSERC Travel Award (Mar 2015) – $500
Dr. Vernier & Leonne Rondeau Prize in Biology (Jun 2014) – $1,400
Cdn. Society Ecology & Evolution Student Travel Award (May 2014) – $500
FGSR Student Travel Award (May 2014) – $500
NSERC Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarship (May 2014 – Apr 2017) – $63,000
NSERC Enhancement Award (May 2014 – May 2016) – $12,000
Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal (2014) – Nomination
Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship (Mar 2014) – $15,000
Student Research Scholarship (Jan – Apr 2013) – $6,000
North American Prairie Conference Best Graduate Presentation (Aug 2012)
Riegert Travel Award (Aug 2012) – $1,500
Graduate Student Scholarship (Jan – Apr 2012) – $6,000
MITACS Industry Grant (May – Aug 2011; Jan – Apr 2012) – $30,000
Fish & Wildlife Development Fund (2016) – $2,000
Government of Canada Interdepartmental Recovery Fund (2015-2016) – $12,000
Heisler, L.M., R.G. Poulin, and C.M. Somers. 2017. Stop using dichotomous terms to reference levels of scale-dependent habitat selection in ecology. Landscape Ecology: Online first.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, and R.G. Poulin. 2016. Owl pellets: an effective alternative to conventional trapping for large-scale studies of small mammal diversity. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7: 96-103. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12454
Somers, C.M., L.M. Heisler, J.L. Doucette, V.A. Kjoss, R. Mark Brigham. 2015. Lake use by three avian piscivores and humans: implications for angler perception and conservation. The Open Ornithology Journal 8: 10 – 21. DOI: 10.2174/1874453201508010010
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, and R.G. Poulin. 2014. Rodent populations on the northern Great Plains respond to weather variation at a landscape scale. Journal of Mammalogy 95: 82-90. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/13-MAMM-A-115.1
Heisler, L., A. Fortney, N. Cairns, A. Crosby, C. Sheffield, and R. Poulin. 2013. Herpetofauna observed during the Royal Saskatchewan Museum bioblitz of southwest Saskatchewan. Canadian Herpetologist 3: 10-13.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, T.I. Wellicome, R.G. Poulin. 2013. Landscape-scale features affecting small mammal assemblages on the northern Great Plains of North America. Journal of Mammalogy 94: 1059-1067. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/13-MAMM-A-022.1
Journal Article Reviewer for:
Wildlife Afield (1) • Wilson Journal of Ornithology (1) • Canadian Journal of Zoology (1) • Scientific Data (1) • Bird Study (1)
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, and R.G. Poulin. May 2017. Population responses of rodent species to agriculture on the Great Plains of Canada. Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution 12th Annual Conference. Victoria, BC.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, and R.G. Poulin. May 2014. Picking up puke: a method to monitor small mammal communities across entire landscapes. Genomes to Biomes Conference. Montreal, QC.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, R.G. Poulin. Feb 2014. Picking up puke: a method to monitor small mammal communities across entire landscapes. Prairie Universities Biological Symposium. Regina, SK.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, R.G. Poulin. Nov 2013. Landscape-scale factors influencing small mammal distributions on the northern Great Plains of North America. The Wildlife Society – Saskatchewan Chapter AGM. Saskatoon, SK.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, R.G. Poulin. Feb 2013. Landscape-scale influences on small mammal diversity: studying small mammals through owl pellet analysis. Prairie Universities Biological Symposium. Winnipeg, MB.
Heisler, L.M., R.G. Poulin, and C.M. Somers. Aug 2012. Studying small mammals vicariously through owl pellet analysis: conditions affecting rodent and shrew community assemblages across the Canadian Prairies. North American Prairie Conference. Winnipeg, MB.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, and R.G. Poulin. Jun 2012. Agriculture activity affects spatial distribution of small mammal species and alters community assemblages on the Canadian prairies. American Mammalogist’s Society Annual Conference. Reno, Nevada.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, and R.G. Poulin. Mar 2012. Assessment of the environmental factors affecting small mammal communities on the Canadian prairies. The Wildlife Society – Alberta Chapter. Medicine Hat, AB.
Heisler, L.M. Feb 2012. Studying small mammal communities through owl pellet analysis. Nature Regina Members Meeting. Regina, SK.
Heisler, L.M. Feb 2011. Investigating environmental variables influencing small mammals using owl pellets. Prairie Universities Biological Symposium. Saskatoon, SK.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, R.G. Poulin. Oct 2016. Are owl pellets an effective way to sample small mammal communities? The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, R.G. Poulin. Oct 2016. Impacts of agriculture on rodent diversity. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, R.G. Poulin. May 2015. Are owls effective small mammal diversity samplers? Canadian Society of Ecology & Evolution, Saskatoon, SK.
Heisler, L.M., C.M. Somers, R.G. Poulin. Jan 2011. Small mammal research in Saskatchewan: using owls to do the work. Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Regina, SK.
Media Coverage & Communication
Methods in Ecology & Evolution Blog (Aug 2016)
Planet S Magazine (Jan 2016)
Prairie Dog Newspaper Article (Sep 2015)
Royal Saskatchewan Museum Blog (Aug 2015)
The Star Newspaper Article (Apr 2015)
Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Newsletter Article (Mar 2015)
Nature Saskatchewan Newsletter Article (Sep 2011)
Teaching Assistant for Biol 385 – Vertebrate Biology (W2016). Univ. of Regina
Guest Lecturer for Biol 385 – Vertebrate Biology (W2016). Univ. of Regina
Teaching Assistant for Biol 275 – Ecology (F2015, F2016). Univ. of Regina
Guest Lecturer for AUBIOL 253 – Principles of Ecology (Mar 2015). Univ. Alberta
Teaching Assistant for Biol 140 – Human Biology (F2013, W2015). Univ. of Regina
Teaching Assistant for Biol 100 – Biology I (F2012, F2013). Univ. of Regina
Teaching Assistant for Biol 101 – Biology II (W2011, F2012). Univ. of Regina
Teaching Assistant for Biol 121 – Diversity of Life (W2008). Univ. of Saskatchewan
Stewardship Rep., Nature Conservancy of Canada, Regina, SK (Apr 2009 – Dec 2010)
Land management for conservation of habitat and biodiversity
Research Technician, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Juneau, Alaska (Jan – Apr 2009)
Observed migration and wintering ecology of surf scoters in Southeast Alaska
Research Technician, Royal Sask. Museum, Regina, SK (Sep – Dec 2008; Jul – Oct 2009)
Processed owl pellets for inclusion of specimens in museum catalogue
Research Technician, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, SK (Aug – Sep 2008)
Observed habitat selection and movement patterns of yellow-bellied racers and bullsnakes
Research Technician, University of Alberta, Southwest SK (May – Jul 2008)
Observed foraging and reproductive ecology of burrowing owls
Stewardship Representative, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Regina, SK (Sep – Dec 2007)
Prepared and distributed conservation easement monitoring reports to private landowners
Shell Conservation Intern, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Regina, SK (May – Aug 2007)
Compliance monitoring of conservation easements in southern Saskatchewan
Research Tech., Ducks Unlimited Canada, Southern SK (Jun – Jul 2005; May – Jul 2006)
Monitored reproductive success of prairie ducks
Student Rep., Dean of Science Search Committee, Univ. of Regina (May 2015 – Sep 2016)
Assisted the university in filling the vacant Dean of Science position.
President’s Committee on Animal Care, University of Regina (Sep 2013 – Aug 2016)
Student representative on the institutional animal care committee
Executive of Council, University of Regina (Apr 2015 – Apr 2016)
Student representative on the University’s executive of council.
Volunteer, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Artifact Artifiction Fundraiser, Regina, (Feb 2013, 2014, 2016)
Assisted participants in the fundraiser events.
Volunteer, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Biology Field Day, Regina, SK (Jul 2015)
Presented and explained the importance of the RSM’s owl pellet collections to the general public
Volunteer, Wings Over Wascana Nature Festival, Regina, SK (May 2012, 2013, & 2015)
Taught children to dissect owl pellets and the different animals owls eat.
VP Finance, Graduate Student Association, University of Regina (May 2014 – Apr 2015)
Assisting association in managing finances
Prairie Universities Biological Symposium Committee, Regina, SK (Apr 2012 – Feb 2013)
Assist finance committee in raising funds to host PUBS 2014 at the University of Regina
Director, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK (Apr 2010 – Aug 2013)
Assist the Society in completing projects that benefit native vegetation of Saskatchewan
Lab Tour Guide, Science Rendezvous, University of Regina, Regina, SK (May 2011)
Presented fun facts about research to families visiting the science labs on campus
MITACS online workshop on communicating your research (Oct 2015)
Professional Grant Development Workshop (Univ. British Columbia, Sep 2015)
MITACS 2 day workshop on project management (Mar 2015)
CCAC Animal Care Training
Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C Training
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE)