For her MSc thesis, Jo-Anne has been following the movements and habitat use of the Great Basin Spadefoot, across a reclamated landscape. The overarching objective of her thesis has been to understand how these animals are 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 has 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 face upon leaving the water.
Our partners on this project are New Gold Mines and the T’Kemlups Indian Band. Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu of the provincial government is also closely involved.