For her MSc thesis, Jo-Anne followed the movements and habitat use of the Great Basin Spadefoot, across a reclamated landscape. The overarching objective of her thesis was to understand how these animals were using the ‘new’ disturbed and very xeric habitat surrounding the mine site. In addition to following adult animals over the course of the summer, she also monitored breeding in the various water bodies scattered across the landscape, and conducted experiments with newly-metamorphosed spadefoots to understand the microhabitats these tiny animals favour upon leaving the water. Jo-Anne now works for Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc.
Our partners on this project were New Gold Mines and T’Kemlups te Secwepemc.